Jet Car Max Version 2.0 on Friday night was thankfully a much smoother affair than last year’s power outage-affected event, with some quick times from WA’s best drag racers appearing on the timing boards.
Big thanks have to go out to all the spectators who made their way back to Perth Motorplex for the second running of the event, getting to witness a near faultless show with no major oildowns or incidents and plenty of quick runs!
American Chuck Haynes was the overall winner for the night in the Jet Dragsters, taking wins in every round as well as the top speed of the night at 445kmh.
Rhiannon Allison continued to impress, still in the early stages of her Jet Dragster driving career. Allison ran a new personal best time of 5.83 seconds, as well as topping 400kmh herself with a 418kmh charge in the final round.
While John Zappia had the headlines in Top Comp following his 5.71 effort in Jet Car Max V1, and a 5.74 in V2, Shane Weston was the man with the trophy at the end of the night, defeating Zappia in the final round. Weston’s Endangered Species dragster, painted by Perth Motorplex commentator Corey Marriott, was consistently in the 5.6s and launching like an absolute bullet.
Zappia’s big wheelstands, while spectacular for photographs, eventually caught him out, with a pedal required in the final which gave Weston the edge he needed to take the win.
Jamie Chaisty continued his streak of success in Super Comp, securing his second win of the season in his third final round in a row. Chaisty had to miss the first round of the season, with brother Jake using the car to win a national championship, which means he will need to be near perfect for the rest of the season if he wants to win a state title.
Ross Smith was in the zone in Competition Bike, running way under the record in the final round with an 8.14 to beat Daniel Natalotto’s 9.14 in one of the best races of the season.
Jon Ferguson is building momentum in Supercharged Outlaws. His winning performance against Wayne Batson in the final has extended his points lead over last season’s champion Vince Belladonna, who had to settle for a B Final runner up.
Sam Treasure was one of the few racers thankful for the delay in Jet Car Max, it gave uncle and former Perth Motorplex drag racing manager Ray Treasure a chance to return from holiday on Christmas Island and get to see his nephew come away with a win. Treasure took over the points lead from Alesha Adamos with the performance.
Martin Mirco wrapped up win number two for the season with his gorgeous Camaro, doing his championship hopes no harm at all. Shane O’Sullivan was a popular runner up in the big VC Valiant.
Michael Macri was a surprise Modified Bike winner, defeating favourite Justin Townson in the final round when Townson broke out.
Macri was not the only benefactor of a breakout, with Richard Stevens picking up the win in Nicholas Wroe as Wroe took a little too much stripe at the top end.
Bailey McClure took his second event win in a row against Katrina Bowman. It wasn’t all bad news for Bowman as she kept her points lead in the championship.
The pressure stays on our drag racers with just a week to turn around for the Home Group WA Nitro Slam on January 9/10, which plays host to the opening rounds of the ANDRA Top Doorslammer and Top Fuel Motorcycle Championships and round five of the WA Drag Racing Championship.