A dark horse in the unfolding 400 Thunder Top Fuel Championship, Top Fuel racer Peter Xiberras is ready to make his play for the title at the upcoming Gulf Western Oil Nitro Champs (May 4 and 5).

Heading to what is the penultimate event of the current championship chase, Xiberras sits third on the points ladder just 22 points shy of leader Damien Harris, and 20 points away from the second-placed Kelly Bettes.

With consistently strong showings all season-long and a razor-sharp focus on preparation, Xiberras and his crew cannot be discounted from the championship battle.

“Ahead of Sydney we have been working very hard on all of those ‘one percenter’ items in our set-up, to make sure that absolutely nothing is left to chance as we look to battle for the championship,” Xiberras explained.

“We have enjoyed some success at Sydney in the past with both my personal best ET and personal best speed set there (3.90s and 319mph respectively).

“On top of that, we have been at the pointy end of each event so far this season and have picked up an event win along the way, so we know we have the package to put in a good showing in Sydney.”

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Xiberras and his PremiAir Hire Top Fuel dragster enjoy the support of Gulf Western Oil, for whom the next two events are particularly special.

“Gulf Western Oil are a valued supplier for our team and they are sponsoring the final two events on the 2017/2018 400 Thunder Championship calendar, so it would sure be great to bring home some event wins for them at these events,” Xiberras said.

“You can rest assured we are doing all we can to make sure that happens, including planning to run in both available test sessions at Sydney Dragway on Friday before the racing gets going on Saturday.

“Our truck will leave it’s Brisbane base for Sydney on Tuesday, and right up until that point we will be checking and re-checking, making sure that absolutely everything is as prepared as possible for us to take a swing at the event win, and hopefully the title as well!”

The Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder event will be held at Sydney Dragway on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5. For event information, please visit www.sydneydragway.com.au