Nitro Champs @ Sydney Dragway - May 2012

Sydney Dragway sure turned on the weather for the Nitro Champs this past weekend and the crowds turned out in massive numbers to witness the best drag racing Sydney’s seen in a long time.

Group 1 categories sat out Friday – Day 1 of the event giving the teams plenty of set-up time.

Saturday was qualifying for Top Alcohol with 11 cars ready to do battle for the top 8 positions. Steve put down a good solid ¼ mile run in Q1 with a 5.65et @ 251mph (405km/h). The Allstar Batteries funnycar heads to the staging lanes for Q2 and runs a 5.61et @ 252mph, solid enough to cement position 4. Reed makes the decision to not push the funnycar and risk damage before eliminations and not run the 3rd qualifying session. However the previous run of 5.61 keeps Reed in the 4th position for race day on Sunday.

Steve’s goal for the weekend was to put the funnycar into the 5.50’s for the 1st time, would this be possible for Round 1 of eliminations? YES it was. Paired up against the dragster of Brett White the funnycar’s 5.59 et @ 254mph gives the win light and a new PB to the Reed team. The team pumped & ready to go for round 2 of eliminations had Steve pair up against fellow veteran racer and rival Gary Phillips, the crowd loved a side by side funnycar run but unfortunately this time Phillip gets the win to a losing 5.64et.

In fantastic track conditions all weekend the funnycar put down some great ¼ mile passes. However without the teams hard work between rounds, getting the funnycar to the startline would not even be possible let alone setting a new PB.

It was a great way for the 2000 Camaro funnycar to be put into retirement whilst waiting in the background is the new addition to the Reed team, ready to launch the 2004 Pontiac Firebird at next month’s Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway.