The glow of the jet dragsters might have come in handy on Sunday night at Perth Motorplex, with an unusual power outage bringing an early conclusion to the event and pushing its completion to this Friday, the second of January.
If you’re going to return to see Jet Car Max Version 2.0 this Friday, you could be in for one heck of a show if what we saw from Sunday’s early proceedings was any bet. Let’s recap a little shall we!
The night a star was born. Western Australian Rhiannon Allison (who won Rookie of the Year last season for her performance in her 300kph Supercharged Outlaws dragster) didn’t hold back in the night’s only jet car match before the power went out. Allison went 0.03 on the reaction timers to put a massive holeshot on American Chuck Haynes and cross the finish line first, despite Haynes’ 400kph+ chase.
Rhiannon was then straight to the ‘ropes’ to sign autographs for young fans. The jet dragsters will be back for a full three rounds of racing this Friday night.
Pieter De Wit meanwhile was settling back into the seat and made a comfortable pass, shutting down around three quarter track as he got into the groove in the new look Iron Horse.
John Zappia annihilated the track record when he made arguably the best run seen so far this season at Perth Motorplex, a 5.718 that was the quickest ever pass by a Top Doorslammer in Australia. Zappia went for broke again in the 6pm session but shook the tyres and needed to jump on and off the throttle to settle the car down. Good opportunity to take a look at those massive new timing boards too. By the way, if the numbers are coloured yellow (day) or green (night), it means you’re a winner!
How about that brand new super screen? Perth Motorplex’s latest innovation for spectators made sure you couldn’t miss a moment of the action. Here’s Jamie Chaisty driving the family Holden Commodore, which brother Jake took to a national Super Stock championship under the warming glow of the super screen as he prepared for his pass in the first round of Super Comp.
Speaking of national champions, Al McClure was back out in Top Comp. We didn’t get to really see him strut his championship calibre stuff but we’re going to call him as the favourite going into Friday’s rerun – so long as he can fend off that crazy Zappia guy!
What was the reaction to the track like? Well for the middle of summer it was in prime condition. Michelle Katavatis (nee Adamos, recently married to Super Comp racer Andrew Katavatis) was all thumbs up.
What’s that sweet scent? It must be the aroma of burning nitro! Four Nitro Harleys were out doing exhibition runs including national champion Mark Drew. He had a rough time trying to get all of his horsepower down to the track but will be seeking redemption both this Friday and at the Home Group WA Nitro Slam on January 9/10 which plays host to the opening round of the ANDRA Top Fuel Motorcycle Championship.
Patrons who purchased tickets can bring them back on Friday night for full access or they can be used at any drag racing event up until the end of January 31, 2015.
Information for competitors:
All qualifying and elimination rounds contested are considered complete. The event for all brackets will continue on from where they left off. Seeding sheets will remain the same.
Super Sedan will continue from the third pass in round two.
Supercharged Outlaws will have NQCS count towards CSR. An additional test session has been programmed on January 2. This 5.16pm session will not count towards qualifying.
Top Comp will have NQCS and CSR count as qualifying times towards the Elimination Round. Competition will continue from the 7.50pm scheduled Elimination Round. Top Comp competitors will be offered a test session at 6pm which has no impact on the 8pm Elimination Round.
All brackets will be offered one non-compulsory test session from 4.35pm through 6.30pm. These sessions will not count as qualifying. However, they provide an opportunity for competitors to obtain on-track data.