Motorvation 32 this Saturday and Sunday will mark the homecoming for Western Australia’s own national burnout champion Matt James and his collection of incredible burnout cars.
James impressed the judges and the crowd enough in his UNWANTED Holden VF ute to earn his first Burnout Masters title – a battle royale of the top burnout cars in the country.
But that is not the most amazing part of James’ Summernats story. He actually collected second as well in the COMPACT Ford Fairlane, the first time any driver has earned the top two positions in the Burnout Masters series.
James said taking on two top level burnouts cars, each making well over 1500 horsepower, makes for plenty of work.
“The stress of running two cars is pretty big,” he said. “You are servicing, spanner checking and making sure everything is on point and that is a huge job.
“Not only are you running checks but we also constantly change the tune according to the weather, which can change fast. I’m lucky I’ve got awesome mates that help me do all this and look after my cars.”
Just getting one car into the top ten of Burnout Masters, let alone two, and further let alone the top two, is an extremely tough ask and James said it was something he never thought would happen.
“It was completely unexpected. I couldn’t believe it (when I got the top two). I was happy just making the top 10 with two cars so to win was mind blowing. I didn’t sleep that night processing what happened! Getting the top two was something that never even crossed my mind at all.”
James will be bringing a fleet of cars to Motorvation 32 including UNWANTED and COMPACT, both of which will be hitting the burnout pad in an attempt to replicate the Summernats feat.
“I think this will be my third or fourth Motorvation, I’m glad it’s back to a bigger show. I love catching up with everyone and speaking to people who are interested in what we do,” he said.
“From here I just want more burnouts! To get everywhere and anywhere we can (in the country).”
Motorvation 32 carries not only a $10,000 grand prize for the winner of the Blown class, but also three ‘golden tickets’ for entry into the Red Centre Nats Burnout Masters event later in the year.
The Motorvation 32 burnout competition begins from 2pm on Saturday with NA Open, before the Blown class hits the pad at 7pm. Unlike previous years, the winners will all be decided on the Saturday, with Sunday to play host to the first Tip In Comp to be held at Perth Motorplex.
Make sure to get your tickets now from motorvation.com.au!