Paul Mouhayet has sounded an early warning ahead of round five of the 400 Thunder Pro Slammer Championship at the MacTrack Westernationals, recording the quickest time in pre-event testing.
Mouhayet drove the Komatsu/Mack/Moits Ford Mustang to a 5.73 second pass at Perth Motorplex on Thursday evening as the Sydney-based team got their eye in ahead of their first 400 Thunder Pro Slammer event in Western Australia.
Mouhayet confessed the team had not been happy with their pace in the last few events, changing to a spare engine and supercharger to try and find the lost numbers.
“We’ve struggled the last couple of rounds, the car is not as fast as what we thought it would be,” he said. “Hopefully the changes get us back to where we need to be.”
The Moits Racing team made the most passes of any 400 Thunder Pro Slammer during Thursday night, with their strategy to test on a track surface that represents what they will see on race day.
“The whole idea was to hire the track at night so we have similar conditions to what we race in, there is no point testing in the heat of the day when we are going to race in the night time,” he said.
“I guess every track has got its own characteristics and it is up to the tuner to work it out.”
The point chase in 400 Thunder Pro Slammer remains close with Mouhayet just nine points ahead of John Zappia, who will be strong on his home track.
“Zap is a tough man to beat that is for sure,” said Mouhayet. “Our aim is to take every round as it comes. It is never easy and Zap and a couple of other guys are really on their game right now.
“I don’t really care who is in the other lane. I race myself in every round, it is up to me as a driver to get my job done for the team.”
Mouhayet wasn’t the only driver to run some tough numbers in testing, with Mark Belleri getting the ACDelco Holden Monaro back into form on a 5.81 pass, Sam Fenech recording a personal best 5.82 in the App Shop Camaro and Benny Bray driving through tyre shake for a 5.84 in the Gulf Western Oil Corvette.
Hometown hero and Mouhayet’s chief rival John Zappia made two runs through the evening, putting a 5.74 up on the readout boards but mowing down several timing boxes along the centre line to get there.
The MacTrack Westernationals begins tomorrow at Perth Motorplex with the 400 Thunder Professional Drag Racing Series categories of Pro Slammer and Top Bike beginning qualifying from 5.30pm.
Racing Eliminations begin Sunday from 5.30pm.