Wednesday night street meets are the most popular way to go drag racing across the nation – more participants take part in such events than any other motorsport in Australia.
For NSW racer Zoran Gajic, who will be competing in APSA Extreme this Saturday at Perth Motorplex, that was how he got his start.
“I was into my V8s as a teenager and went every Wednesday night, racing a HQ Holden,” he said.
From humble beginnings Gajic now steers the turbocharged Gas Motorsport Ford Mustang, a beast that has run as quick as 5.94 seconds over the quarter mile.
Gajic co-owns the car with Gas Motorsport proprietor Joe Signorelli and gets to enjoy the driving duties while Signorelli covers the tuning and maintenance.
“It’s pretty exciting to drive, it’s good fun,” he said. “It puts over 60mph on in the last half of the track, it really puts you down in the seat.
“There has been a few wild moments, we have been having a lot of tyre shake lately, so it has been going all over the place. But we have made some four link (suspension) adjustments and done a bit in the tune up to find a happy spot for it.”
The car is an ex Pro Modified car from the USA and still runs the Pro Mod legal 88mm turbochargers. Attached to 486 cubic inches of BAE Hemi V8 and it’s a combination that produces upwards of 3500 horsepower and top end speeds of over 400kmh – that’s seriously fast.
Gajic’s car is one that has triggered the turbo vs blowers debate in Australia and he is looking forward to laying some smack down on WA’s supercharged slammers.
“We are keen, it will be fun,” he said. “But I think Paul (Mouhayet) is more hyped up than anyone, his car is running pretty good.
“Getting back into the five second zone is our goal, we went into the fives a year ago and haven’t been back there, we had an electrical bug we got on top of but now the car is just tyre shaking.
“I don’t think it will take long to adapt to Perth, I heard it is pretty similar to Sydney.”
Gajic will join Australia’s quickest turbo racer Paul Mouhayet in taking on the quickest blower cars in the country as part of the Drag Racing Grand Opening featuring the APSA Pro Street Shootout at Perth Motorplex on Saturday night.
Qualifying begins from 11am with the feature program from 5pm.
And of course if you think you could be a future five second doorslammer racer, why not come down and try out your daily driver first at one of our Formula Tech WhoopAss Wednesdays at Perth Motorplex?
Image by dragphotos.com.au.