We’re thrilled to reveal one of the teams in the Top Fuel ranks at this year’s Nitro Champs will the Martin Stamatis-piloted Billview Dragster.
With just 2 weeks left before the Pro Class event in Sydney where 7 Top Fuel cars will battle it out for Nitro Champs supremacy, we caught up with Martin and found out a little about his Top Fuel journey.
Martin’s interest in racing started when he went to an event at Ravenswood (WA) as a spectator.
“I saw Ross Mellish’s dragster do a pass and that was enough to get me hooked,” shares Stamatis “I started with a 1977 B/Dragster with a 273 Valiant engine.”
“I had a Top Fuel car in 1981 and stopped racing in 1984 due to other commitments, I knew at the time that this was not the end, and in 2005 I returned.”
THE TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
His first car was the car Andrew Cowin raced in the US. His current ride is the original John Cowin car. With a current PB of 4.573 @ 329mph, Martin is now looking to better the current national record of 4.50. Although he says that as he hasn’t raced for 2 years he will be “taking it as it comes” at the Nitro Champs on May 7.
WHAT WOULD SURPRISE FANS ABOUT TOP FUEL?
- You need a team of 10 people to run a Top fuel car at an event
- A 200 litre drum of oil costs twice as much as a 200 litre drum of Nitro
When Martin races in Perth, his wife Yvonne and their two daughters are at the track and assist wherever possible. For interstate meetings he travels and races alone. His pre-race ritual is to have a “steak dinner” the night before and a light workout a race-day morning. His race-event menu consists of a light lunch; sandwich, fruit, no beverages after lunch, loads of water all day, and absolutely NO energy drinks!
LIFE OUTSIDE OF RACING
Martin runs a very successful business around telecommunications software (Fastlane Software; billview www.billview.com.au). He’s also focused on health and fitness, devoting time to spend at the gym.
Martin’s return to Top Fuel Drag Racing at the 2016 Nitro Champs is just another reason to attend on May 7 at Sydney Dragway.
Image credits: Alan O via Picssr and Jim Read Racing