The Nitro Slam at Perth Motorplex brought out all manner of nitro-breathing vehicles for an entertaining night of drag racing on Saturday.
The two big hitters on the property were Mark Sheehan and Anthony Begley, taking on each other with their 10,000 horsepower Nitro Funny Cars.
Sheehan came away with two wins from the three rounds of racing, with both racers struggling to keep their wild mounts in the centre of their lanes.
Begley’s 5.48sec. time in the first round remained the quickest of the night however as the Chemical Warfare team found their Australian feet once more in their first race back on home soil since competing in the USA in 2016.
Sheehan and Begley will be returning to match up for Nitro Night on February 17, but this time in their Top Fuel Dragsters.
The Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars provided some of the best match ups of the night as Matt Abel and Andrew Katavatis duked it out in Fun-da-mental and the Beach Bomb respectively. Abel drew first blood in a close 5.68sec to 5.72sec. contest in round one, but Katavatis was able to recover to win the last two rounds of the night as the team stayed consistently in the five second zone.
The Direct Mining and Industrial Summer Slam saw Daniel Gregorini return to form after a season that has seen him change much of the technology in his Scratch and Match Motorsport Camaro.
Gregorini used a 6.25sec. run in the final round to knock out series points leader Kelvin Lyle.
Nitro Bike honours went to Greg Durack, who extended his championship lead with a 7.37sec. win against Benny Stevens.
Stuart Moresby took his Ford Falcon to the win in Top Comp, defeating bracket newcomer and number one qualifier Nigel Johnson in a close final round.
Wayne Patterson struck for the second event in a row in Competition Bike, belting out a strong 8.32sec. run on his turbocharged Ducati against Phill Paton in the final and close the gap to Paton’s points lead.
Darren White was another to claim a second event in a row, handed the victory in Supercharged Outlaws thanks to a red light from Alan Mahnkoph.
Alby Bakranich began to edge his way back into contention for the Top Sportsman State championship with a win against Johnny Brecich.
James Duffy showed that some time away from racing had done him no harm, going to the winner’s circle in Modified against Neil Gannaway.
Ian Guppy took home the trophy in Super Sedan, as WA drag racing legend Christine May went red on the tree.
Veteran Modified Bike rider Paul Nieuwhof was back in the winner’s circle, taking the win by mere hundredths of a second against Stan Lisle, moving back into championship contention.
School teacher Steph Gullotto drove her Commodore magnificently in the final round of Super Street, earning the win over Adam Buckley.
The nitro action won’t stop yet, with Nitro Night on February 17 marking the sixth round of the WA Drag Racing Championships. Make sure you don’t miss it!