“I started racing street bikes in ’93 and I reckon it was around 2010 that I moved up to Pro… man, that time goes quick!” laughs Victorian Pro Bike Champion Glenn Wooster, who kick started his Pro career as one of a two-bike team sponsored by Hog’s Breath – not a bad way to cut your teeth.
The front-foot start has served the Victorian racer well, and set a record-smashing career tumbling over several seasons, but Glenn puts the success down to hard work and not being afraid to travel for the sport.
“We did Perth this year for the first time in a long time, and that’s a hell of a distance, and our engine builder is based in Adelaide,” Wooster explains of the lengths he’s prepared to go to, to get and maintain a competitive edge.
Wooster’s journey to 400 Thunder victory starts at the Winternationals in 2015. “That was a great meeting. We got Runner-Up with a 7.31sec which was a PB for us at the time,” Wooster begins. “We figured we’d set ourselves up for the  season and wanted to try run the Championship rounds,” says Wooster.
The gamble obviously paid off, and the team enjoyed great success accumulating points and getting a better handle on the bike every time they took to the track.
“We did a heap of cylinder head porting to start the season in Sydney and it was going really well, too well actually, we were turning the tyre for most of the event. We got to the Semis and immediately after the event we hit the dyno then went to Perth.”
“In Perth it came alive!” exclaims Wooster. “A 7.26sec at 185.5mph, we cut some lights and we won the meeting,” he says, matter-of-factly. The team tried to keep that momentum going for the next round in Sydney, however Wooster red-lit, bowing out early.
Heading in to the 2016 Winternationals all of a sudden became a mind game for him and the team.
“I knew I had to get my head back in it and with that under control, the motor going so well and some good shift work we worked our way up to a 7.19sec against Hocking in the Semis – that was a PB for us and our engine builder Trevor,” explains Wooster.
The PB was the first of Wooster’s success for the weekend – he’d Top Qualified, won the Championship and won the Winternationals; three strikes for him and the team.
“I don’t think we could have done much more except reset the National Record! It was a credit to my team and a credit to the Willowbank track officials, it was a great weekend’s racing and a great way to finish the Championship,” says Wooster gratefully.
The reigning champ’ admits that a run at the 2017 title is on the cards. ‘We want to develop the current motor a little more but we’ve got a spare engine to finish off. We’ve had a few more sponsors come on board so there’s a bit of money there to invest in the season, and the current engine is at a point where it’s consistent,” he adds, making him a clear and present danger to those thinking about giving Pro Bike a run in 2017.