Winternationals 2012

The biggest Drag Racing event in Australia took place at Willowbank Raceway this past weekend the 8-12th June. The Allstar Batteries funnycar was set to compete in the Top Alcohol category, but went into the weekend feeling a little shaky as the previous weekends testing plans had to be cancelled due to the weather.

Slightly unsure of the cars performance and set-up heading into qualifying session 1 on Saturday with a new car and computer setup on board, no one knew how the funnycar would run. And definitely no one predicted this run, straight after the launch the violent tyre shake shook off the steering wheel and slammed the funnycar into the wall, whilst in the drivers seat Steve unsuccessfully attempted to put the steering wheel back on and slid the remaining ¼ mile along the concrete barrier.

A few cosmetic touch ups and a new set of header pipes meant the funnycar could front up on the start line for Q2, doing exactly as it should have in the 1st run it ran a 5.65 Elapsed Time @ 254 mph.

Sunday was the last 2 qualifying sessions to seat the 13 Top Alcohol cars into the top 8 ready for eliminations. Q3 was unsuccessful with bad tyre shake and Steve shut it down. However further cementing the previous performance Q4 was successful with a 5.61et @ 255mph landing the team into 5th qualifying position for race day.

Race day Monday struggled to get under way as the grey clouds hovered over Willowbank Raceway. In the end the decision was made to continue running as so many of the categories championships had been left undecided, so now it was race day Tuesday.

The die hard fans were still there to witness some fantastic Drag Racing and this time the weather permitted the FUCHS Winternationals to be run in its entirety.

Round 1 of eliminations paired up number 4 qualifier John Cannuli and the Reed Racing team, a great funnycar match up but it was all won and lost on the start line with Cannuli’s red light handing to win the Steve’s funnycar.

In round 2 we see the funnycars taking over the Top Alcohol category when Steve met Steve Ham’s funnycar on the line. Ham could not beat Reed’s 5.65et to see the Allstar Batteries funnycar into the finals.

For the final match up of the season Jamie Noonan was unable to front up to the start line due to damage and therefore the funnycar had a bye run into the winner’s circle, Steve still pedalled the car to a 5.80et.

An awesome result for the team and with thanks to them for all their hard work this weekend and for the season. And what a successful season it was: with only 3 rounds competed at and a win, runner-up and a semi-finals loss, this is definitely the team to watch next season.

 

Race Results

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.

Team insight

The anticipation of the new direction for professional Drag Racing in Australia is a buzz amongst teams and fans alike. ANDRA have recently released it's 2013 calendar and other crucial changes to again win over race fans and build the sports profile.

It has been a long time between rounds for the 'Allstar Batteries' funnycar but this has allowed Steve plenty of time to get the new Pontiac funnycar chassis ready to launch down the quarter mle.  The team will be appearing in a couple more rounds for this season, the next being in Sydney in May and back at Willowbank Raceway for the Winternationals in June, all the while preparing to go full throttle in their 2013 championship season campaign.

Reed is yet to confirm if the 'Allstar Batteries' funnycar will appear at all 2013 rounds but at this stage ANDRA have listed 7 championship rounds for Top Alcohol.

  • Round 1 - 2md - 4th Nov 2012 @ Sydney Dragway
  • Round 2 - 16th - 17th Nov 2012 @ Perth Motoplex
  • Round 3 - 23rd - 24th Feb 2013 @ Adelaide International Raceway
  • Round 4 - 4th - 5th May 2013 @ Sydney Dragway
  • Round 5 - 6th - 9th June 2013 @ Willowbank Raceway
  • Round 6 - 16th - 17th Aug 2012 @ Hidden valley Drag Strip (Darwin)
  • Round 7 - 1st - 3rd Nov 2013 @ Sydney Dragway

The Reed Racing team will be looking for a repeat of their performance in Sydney last September but hoping for one better than their Runner-up trophy. May 2012 @ Sydney Dragway is a national round and the appeal of a gold christmas tree never fades with this team.

Reed Racing at FUCHS Nationals

REED RACING’S EXPLOSIVE START TO CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON

The weekend was off to a shaky start, when rain begun Thursday evening and continued throughout Friday, leading to the cancellation of Friday’s schedule. But the forecast for the remaining weekend was a positive one for the racers and also the fans.

Group 1 would now only have 2 qualifying sessions to cut the 10 cars entered to an 8 car field ready for eliminations.

The setup changes that the Reed team had applied seemed positive when 1st qualifying session the funnycar runs the quarter mile with a 5.63 ET placing them in 4th position.  After qualifying was complete the Allstar Batteries funnycar remained in 4th position.

The weather was great, the crowd was growing, and Sunday was eliminations.

Read more: Reed Racing at FUCHS Nationals

Winternationals 2011

Winternationals Rain-out

The unpredictable weather continued throughout Queensland when drag racers from all over Australia travelled to Willowbank Raceway to compete in the season finale.

This year’s new format had qualifying begin on Friday with group 2 & 3 kicking it off in the clear skies, Saturday continued with qualifying and some categories getting the opportunity to begin eliminations.

Group 1 qualifying got underway on Saturday. This year’s Top Alcohol category would have 14 Dragsters and Funnycars competing for the 8 car field.  Everyone knew they would have to bring everything they’ve got to just get into the 8 car field.  Would it be the fastest Top Alcohol field we’ve seen yet???

Read more: Winternationals 2011

2011/2012 ANDRA Pro Series Championship Season

REED RACING KICKS OFF NEW CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON

It's all kicking off in September at Sydney Dragway for the season opener of ANDRA Pro Series Drag Racing with the FUCHS Nationals this weekend.

Reed Racing will be making the haul down to NSW with only Steve's funnycar on board for this season. Ready to race with the intent to turn around last season's bad run of misfortune.

Not only has last season given them lots of data but it was also the opportunity to experiment. Now that some of that is out of the way, the off season was spent back at the computer studying and analysing. Ready to put all this on track to be in with a shot this weekend.

If you are heading out to Sydney Dragway be sure to pop into the Allstar Batteries team and say 'Hi'.

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