Santo's Super Thunder

April 1, 2018

The stage was set on a hot Autumn day at Willowbank Raceway as the country's best drag racers gathered for the annual Easter long race weekend. The weather looked ominous as many kept looking up at the sky, wondering what mother nature was intending. Luckily for all the racers, there was no rain in sight and the race day went on as planned.

The SCG Racing Junior Dragster and Modified were both in action having 3 qualifiers then eliminations style of racing. Both cars were in strong points positions coming into the event with Liezel being 4th and Stephan Jnr being 2nd.

 

 

Qualifying went great for both cars after testing the previous week! Liezel having 3 runs of 8.67, 8.71 and a 8.77. Conditions were testing for Liezel and her methanol burning Junior as the humidity kept rising and resulting in car going slower. With her constant reaction times being low 0.0's, the team was confident leading into the first round. This form lead to Liezel having a 0.021 reaction time in her first round to a 0.375 and coasted to 9.071 on a 8.68 dial in. Unfortunately, she was just a bit too eager in the second round, going 0.093 red on the tree and handing the race over to her opponent.

 

 

 

Stephan Jnr in the modified was number 1 qualifier in the 601 cube Dragster running times of 7.36, 7.37 and 7.37. The car had some tyre shake problems the previous week in the Qld Drag Racing Championship but the problem was sorted after mid week testing. First round of racing, we decided to dial the dragster in at 7.37 with the quality of the air dropping rapidly. After a 0.044 reaction time, Stephan's opponent in other lane had troubles so he coasted to a 7.556 win. Second round was a bye due to an uneven number of cars. The car ran a 7.38 with a 0.23 reaction time. The Semi-Final race against Jason was a cracker! We dialed the car at 7.37 due to both the weather conditions and track temperature cooling down. Both drivers brought their "A" game as the RT times were a 0.018 and 0.016. Stephan unfortunately broke out with a 7.36 catching Jason.

 

As a team, this was a successful race weekend with Liezel staying in the hunt for the championship and Stephan Jnr moving to outright 2nd in the Modified points.

 

Next race for the team will be 14th April in the Junior Dragster Blast at Willowbank Raceway!

 

 

 

 

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