The Grand Opening featuring the APSA Pro Street Shootout at Perth Motorplex saw grudges fought out in a big way as the blowers and the turbos got to settle the smack talk on the strip!
Sydney’s Paul Mouhayet was the big talking point ahead of the event and the driver of the Moits Racing Ford Mustang did not disappoint, carding a 5.85 and a 5.83 to well and truly claim the title of the quickest passes from a turbocharged car in Western Australia.
In social media ahead of the event Mouhayet and Daniel Gregorini were in a war of words and they took to the track twice against one another to settle the matter. It looks like a truce may have to be called though as they each took a win and run within two hundredths of a second of each other’s times.
But just quietly doing his thing was John Zappia. He got his own chance to put away Mouhayet, taking full advantage, and then claimed the final of APSA Outlaw Extreme after a series of 5.7 second runs from the Holden Monaro, defeating Shane Catalano for the silverware.
There were two wild moments during the night. The first was Ryan Moresby who torched a head and a block, producing a big fire inside the Hotshots Racing Holden. Moresby brought the car to a stop, only just nudging the wall despite the blinding fire, and was lucky to emerge with just some burns to his hands.
Hearts went out to Marty Dack meanwhile, who turned his brand new Ford Mustang into the safety barriers shortly off the start line. The impact was not at high speed and hopefully we will see Marty back again soon.
Earning a lot of fans in Outlaw 10.5 was Michelle Davies. There is nothing that makes her Holden Torana easy to drive. It has a short wheelbase, tiny tyres and a supercharged hemi producing upwards of 2500 horsepower. But her skills left the Perth Motorplex crowd in awe as she guided the Torrie to 6.5 and 6.4 second runs.
Top Comp went the way of Wayne Keys in a wild final against Alistair McClure. McClure’s now patina-themed altered got loose and gave the wall a rub with the tyre, allowing Keys to shoot through for the victory.
Erin Healy broke through for the win in Modified in one of the quickest rails in the field.
Yvette Gregg was wheelstanding her way through each round and then took out the final round.
Michael Day had a busy day with the team having to take the head off the motor after the first round, but they were rewarded with the trophy.
Siblings Kirstie and Nicholas Wroe duked it out for bragging rights in the final of Super Street, Kirstie getting her first win.
The next major drag racing event on the agenda is the WA Drag Racing Championship for Top Doorslammer and Top Fuel Motorcycle on November 14.