The most bizarre drag race in history happened last night at the Coates Hire West Coast Nitro event, held at the world-class Perth Motorplex.
Riders Maurice Allen and Ryan Learmonth lined up aboard their 350-horsepower Suzukis to contest the semi-finals for Round 2 of the 400 Thunder Pro Bike series.
The bikes are usually capable of covering the strip in the low 7-second range, but on this pass, shortly after the green light both riders stalled their bikes.
Unable to restart their machines and with the finish line in sight, Allen and Learmonth had no other option but to start pushing.
In a scene reminiscent of the closing scenes to the popular NASCAR spoof Talladega Nights, both riders raced to finish line on foot, pushing their motorcycles.
Vision of the race has gone viral, reaching almost 1,000,000 people by lunchtime Sunday.
Allen went on to finally win the race in a little over three minutes to advance to the final run where he was ‘out run’ by fellow Victorian, Glenn Wooster – Wooster claiming his first 400 Thunder national event Pro Bike win and gold Christmas Tree.
Perth driver, Mark Sheehan won the 400 Thunder Top Fuel final round, defeating Sydney’s Wayne Newby in the Rapisarda Autosport International dragster.
Sheehan had earlier upset the AEG Powertools dragster of number one qualifier, Darren Morgan in the semi-finals with a 4.596sec pass at over 326mph to a 4.742 – Sheehan’s run standing for Low ET and Top Speed of the meet.
Brisbane’s John Cannuli extended his points lead in the 400 Thunder Pro Alcohol Series, reversing the result of the Home Group WA Westernationals two weeks ago by defeating veteran Gary Phillips in the final.
Cannuli won the event with a 5.474sec pass from the Crossover Racing Funny Car while Phillips went up in tyre smoke.
Phillips leaves Perth with a new world record for the Pro Alcohol Funny Car class having recorded a 5.360sec pass in his Lucas Oil Monte Carlo during qualifying earlier in the event.
400 Thunder returns to the Perth Motorplex in two weeks for the Nitro Max event on 5/6 March, featuring Top Fuel, Top Bike and the nation’s best Sportsman racers competing in the second West Australian round of the 400 Thunder Sportsman Series.
Image: © Phil Luyer/High Octane Photos.