Moreno Gullotto will be bringing some turbocharged power into Competition Eliminator at the 45th Annual Westernationals at Perth Motorplex, making a long awaited return in the family’s Toyota Soarer.
Since last racing in 2014, the Soarer has been given upgrades in not just the engine department but also the chassis to ensure the horsepower does not go to waste.
“We’ve changed the plenum, all the manifolds and the camshafts and gone to a four speed instead of a five speed,” Gullotto said.
“The chassis has quite a few more bars now and is a lot stronger in the rear end. We were getting a lot of twist in the car.”
The changes to the transmission mean that the car will have a lower wheel speed in the first part of the track, making it more controllable.
“The ratios were too aggressive and we needed to try and tame the start line down and stop the tyre shake,” Gullotto explained. “We had pretty much a whole season of tyre shake, on every single pass without fail.”
With his Panadol budget thankfully a lot lower, Gullotto is looking forward to moving away from a season of headaches to one of quite times.
“We last ran in 2014, but it doesn’t phase me to jump back in it,” he said. “Hopefully we can run under the record eventually and we would like to be running some 6.7s and 6.6s this weekend.”
Gullotto will be a part of the nine car Competition Eliminator field which also includes new dragster driver Alistair McClure, former Modified champion Sam Treasure and Wayne Keys – who recently rebuilt his Holden Monaro from a terrifying braking area crash.
The Home Group WA Westernationals commences with qualifying on Friday before eliminations on Sunday and includes 400 Thunder Pro Slammer and Pro Alcohol championship rounds plus the first of two national sportsman rounds to hit WA.