The BME WA Nitro Championship has proved an entertaining addition to the WA drag racing scene this season, and it’s the perfect time for prospective racers to think about getting involved in the State’s first ever nitro points series.
Rory Taylor is the owner of the ‘Nitro Thunder’ and ‘Thumper’ Funny Cars, driven by Matt Abel and Nathan Coles respectively. He is a busy man behind the scenes, tuning and consulting on a bunch of different machines.
Taylor said the BME WA Nitro Championship is a heads-up formula that WA drag racing fans have fallen in love with.
“Thanks to the enormous efforts of Graeme and Wendy Cowin in putting together and travelling with the hugely successful Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars, we have seen how much the public loves to watch nitro racing,” he said.
“However, given the constraints of COVID on interstate travel it made sense to try to include as many local nitro competitors as we possibly can to support the racing calender of our track.
“I think that the range of vehicles makes for an interesting show and means that new cars or cars the public haven’t seen for some time have a reason and an opportunity to come out and play.”
Whether its Dragsters, Funny Cars, or Altereds, all are welcome in the BME WA Nitro Championship – just as long as the engine is burning nitro. For those racers who have always wanted to compete in a nitro series, but perhaps don’t have the budgets to travel or develop a ‘big show’ car, it is the perfect opportunity.
“I would encourage anyone interested to go for it,” Taylor said. “All the competitors in this bracket would be more than willing to help any new racer with whatever advice or information they need to get down the track.
“It’s a small group, so we all support each other and we all want to see everyone do well and have the bracket expand. It can seem to be intimidating to start with, but I would like to encourage anyone who is seriously thinking of joining this class to come and have a chat with one of the racers in the pits early in the day or after the event finishes.”
The hopes for the BME WA Nitro Championship are to have a diverse range of vehicles all putting on a show for the fans. Supercharged and injected nitro combinations are allowed, offering the potential for some imaginative new vehicles.
“The more local racers we have here then the better our season will be,” Taylor said. “If the fields get a lot bigger and more diverse, then as a group we may have to consider alternative racing formats to accommodate different performance levels depending on the types of vehicles that want to join in. But anyone who want to race on nitro is welcome!”
And while he is staying busy right now with two Funny Cars, Taylor said he would love to put an Altered on to the track too if the series continues to build speed.
“The two Funny Cars keep me pretty busy but I’m excited to see where we go with the BME WA Nitro Championship,” he said. “Perhaps if it keeps gaining momentum a Fuel Altered could be the next project. There might need to be some discussion at home first!”