The Northern Territory’s Scott MacLean is en route to Western Australia for the second outing of his brand new super team.
MacLean will be competing at both the Goldenstates this Friday and Saturday and the Westernationals on March 5 and 6 at Perth Motorplex.
MacLean recently raced his brand new Holden Monaro Top Doorslammer for the first time at Sydney Dragway, where he immediately top qualified and ran as quick as 5.81sec.
As well as a new car, MacLean also had a brand new transporter set up, providing a quality base of operations for the team around the country.
After the successful first venture, MacLean is ready to consolidate on his performances and take on some of the big names in the sport.
“For our first event with the new combinations we were really pleased with the progress we made,” he said. “The Monaro began to perform very strongly towards the end of the event and it was only a red light (foul start) that halted our progress.
“We’ve already clocked a 5.81sec. and we think there is more left yet. 5.7sec. is definitely going to be on the cards at Perth Motorplex and with those kind of performances we might be able to put up a decent challenge to the hometown hero – John Zappia.
“The Motorplex is Zap’s personal playground so we will need to respect his experience there, but we also have some great knowledge on our side thanks to Darren Mayer of (US supercharger builder) DMPE so we are going to be in with a good chance.”
MacLean said the public debut of his new ride was an exciting time.
“We were nervous at the start but by the end of the event I didn’t know what I was worried about,” he said.
“The MacLean Motorsport Holden Monaro really came alive in qualifying and performed beyond expectations. We had a lot of positives to take away. The car was really charging hard at the end of the track and we cracked the 400kmh (top speed) barrier in a big way.”
The Top Doorslammer will compete in two rounds of the ANDRA championship over the two events, while the Top Alcohol Funny Car will be taking part in a championship double header at the Westernationals, where two rounds of the series will take place over two nights.
“WA is renowned for its tough Top Doorslammer fields but there are some really quick guys there in Top Alcohol too,” MacLean said. “I think we will need every bit of the 5.4sec. pace we showed in testing in Sydney to come away with a win.
“I’m really looking forward to the double header format. We’re going to have to be on point from the first run and that is a challenge I am ready for.”
MacLean is likely to face tough opposition at the Goldenstates from Zappia, who is coming off a win at the Australian Nationals in Melbourne on Sunday, as well as fellow interstate entrants Mark Belleri, Grant O’Rourke and Sam Fenech.