Western Australia’s nitro pilots are preparing for what is expected to be the biggest spectator turnout of the 2017/18 season at the Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Car Series event this Saturday at Perth Motorplex.
Looking to charge on to the podium for the first time will be the Northern Territory’s Matt Abel, driving Fun-Da-Mental, who left his mark on the Motorplex last season in more ways than one.
“At the last Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Car event we started okay with a 5.78sec., but on our second run we were sitting in full stage for a long time and a puddle of nitro on the track just in front of the right hand rear tyre turned the car into the wall,” he said.
“The car has since had the body repaired and many updates with a new supercharger and fuel pump as we chase more power.”
Abel and Perth-based car owner Rory Taylor completed one test pass of the upgraded combination at the recent Prestige Lock Services Goldenstates event but a dropped cylinder meant Abel struggled to keep the car in the centre of his lane.
“It felt very fast until I had to pedal the car to steer it back,” he said. “We are chasing Nitro Express and The Red Devil and will be aiming for 5.50sec at 415kmh plus.
“We don’t do anywhere near the laps that those Aeroflow cars run, which gives them a lot of tune up info, but Rory Taylor is an accomplished nitro tuner in his own right and I’m sure he won’t be holding back. We will be trying to run consistently fast and win the event.”
Abel’s biggest challenge may come from another local team in the form of The Beach Bomb. Driver Andrew Katavatis said he was really looking forward to getting amongst the competition at WA’s biggest Funny Car event.
“This event was massive last season with over 10,000 people coming to see the show so it should be even bigger this time round,” he said.
The Beach Bomb team were happy with their pace last season and have been hesitant to change anything major in a strong race car.
“There’s no big changes, but we’ve made a lot of little changes to refine the car and our tune up,” he said. “We were pretty happy with last season’s final runs so we want to carry the momentum back into this season and keep one of the Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Car ‘rocket trophies’ in WA.”
As well as the nitro action, fans will also be kept entertained by the second round of the Summer Slam Series for Top Doorslammers, plus Top Comp, Super Comp, Competition Bike, Supercharged Outlaws and more.
Qualifying begins from 10am with feature racing from 4.30pm.