Dwane Pallentine is now $10,000 richer after winning Good Friday Burnout King at Perth Motorplex in front of a packed house.
Pallentine claimed victory in the Pro division following a smooth performance from his supercharged Holden Torana. It was Pallentine’s second major victory at the Motorplex, following on from his 2019 Burnout Boss title.
Part of the inspiration for the performance came from Pallentine’s passenger, who before the event donated $1500 to help bushfire victims in return for the seat.
“Everything went right for me, from the start of the skid,” Pallentine said. “I had no pressure, I just wanted to get the tyres off and give my passenger the ride of his life. That was a win for me. I think he is going to build a burnout car now, he had a fat time.”
While winning Good Friday Burnout King would be the highlight of just about any burnout competitor’s driving career, Pallentine said winning still takes second place to another Good Friday Burnout King moment.
“Four years ago at this same event, I met this girl Paula, and she’s now my wife. So it’s something I will always remember.”
With over 140 teams turning out at Good Friday Burnout King, competition took place over three divisions. Shane Gardiner’s Holden one tonner ute took out the Open class, a moment he said was the greatest since he started burnout competition.
“I was my best win since I have started in the skid scene due to the standard of competitors in the division,” Gardiner said. “My motto is just go out there and do what you do and do it well, without thinking about what everyone else does. I know my car as I built it, so I know how to get the best out of it. And driving it off the pad onto the trailer in one piece is always a good thing.
“Driving to the pad and seeing the amount of people that came out to watch skids on Good Friday was a great feeling. The cheering by the crowd when I finished was awesome and made me feel proud.”
Jack Alfirevich took the honours in the Sportsman class with his six-cylinder Ford AU Falcon, delivering a burnout worthy of more high horsepower rivals.
“Everything went my way for once, and it’s been a while,” Alfirevich said. “Good Friday is always one of the biggest events on the WA calendar. That crowd was the best it has been in a long time.
“Good Friday is an event I’ve been chasing since the introduction of the Sportsman class and since most have been rained out, this is that little bit special. I’ve had a shocker of a season and to finish it off on the top step is amazing.”
Good Friday Burnout King marked the last major event for burnouts this season at Perth Motorplex, but burnout fans will be able to see more skids at Formula Tech Whoop Ass Wednesday Hour of Powers on April 7, May 5 and May 26.