The ‘White Knight’ (more recently dubbed the ‘White Rhino’) is headed back to Sydney Dragway for Santo’s Summer Thunder, to help celebrate the track’s 15th Birthday Bash. NSW is also the home of sponsors S.E.X. and Gulf Western Oils, so its going to be a big day out for the WPA Top Fuel team!
Jay Upton has history at Sydney Dragway, having recorded the first two professional National Records at the very first event at the track back in 2004. Later that year in May Upton took a further 2 tenths off that record with a blistering 6.1 second time in qualifying for the first ever Nitro Champs (now known as the Nitro Thunder).
Jay commented that it was a special honour to be selected for one of the 15 best moments at the track, which will be unveiled during the event this weekend, but wishes he could be remembered for spectacular performances rather than that spectacular crash at the May event in 2009, which destroyed a brand-new bike and left him with a broken pelvis.
Headed to compete against what looks like being the best Top Bike field in recent times, Upton is confident that the team is on top of the tyre shake issues that held them back at the East Coast Thunder Event in November. “We feel we were attacking the very tight Sydney surface just too hard. After winning in both Darwin and Alice earlier in the year, we were looking forward to better traction in Sydney, but struggled to work out how to manage that traction when we got it” Jay explained. “We’ll be out to consolidate our position leading the national points chase, but it’s a big event with a lot of history for us, who knows…. We might even go really fast!”
The Santo’s Summer Thunder kicks off this Friday with 400 Thunder Sportsman Qualifying and Professional testing, with Racing on this Saturday with the Professional series set to begin at around 4pm (schedule subject to change).
For event information and tickets, head to www.sydneydragway.com.au