WPR welcomed INOX Lubricants onboard as an associate sponsor whilst competing at the Santo’s Super Thunder Event at Willowbank Raceway Qld over the Easter long weekend.
Wayne Price Racing made their way to Willowbank Raceway for testing on Thursday, prior to the Good Friday Santo’s Super Thunder Event with a new associate sponsor adorning their injector hat. INOX Lubricants has joined forces with WPR to immerse themselves into Australian Drag Racing.
The Speed City Dodge Charger had a hard time getting down the race track on Thursday, and whilst the team got to try out a few new things and gathered some data, they were really looking forward to race day and continuing their Championship points chase from their number 2 spot only 10 points behind leader, Gary Phillips.
Race Day – Midday saw Group 1 out on track for their “Sighting Pass” (testing) and WPR were ready to hit the track hard to establish a Race Day tune-up. Wayne lined up against fellow Victorian Funny Car racer Rob Ambruosi. Both cars had plenty of startline RPMs and both launched hard. Wayne struck tyre shake around 350 feet out and threw the blower belt (breaking belt), leaving him to coast to a 6.48sec ET. Not exactly to plan, but vital data around setup was logged.
Round 1 was run against the eventual event Winner and multi 5.40’s running Jon Sting in his Dragster’s return to the Pro Alcohol ranks. After a solid and straight burnout, Wayne brought the revs up and edged into the staging beams. The car pulled hard against the brake and Wayne felt the car starting to edge forward. Not wanting to Red Light, he waited for the Green and had already “rolled the beams”, starting the timing system before hitting the throttle. This resulted in a “team sub-par” 60 foot time of 1.00, and a 5.72 second pass at 253.75mph, going down to Jon’s stout 5.48 at 256mph run.
Round 2 saw WPR facing the eventual event Runner-Up Steve Reed. Another business-like burnout and then Wayne bumped the Speed City Dodge Funny Car into stage. Again, with plenty of RPMs the car left the line and instantly went up into tyre smoke. A quick catch and pedal by Wayne unfortunately didn’t stop the back end kicking out and the Charger headed to the centre line. With the race done, Wayne wisely shut the car off and rolled to the finish line.
Congratulations to the Pro Alcohol teams who put on a great show at this event, running plenty of 5.40’s and some awesome MPH. Jon Sting came out in his Dragster and showed that the Funny Cars can be beaten, running consistent 5.40’s and winning the event over runner up Steve Reed.
After such a consistent and competitive start to the 400 Thunder series, this weekend was a little frustrating and disappointing for the WPR crew. As it is with the intensity of this level of racing, things don’t always go to plan or meet expectations every time. Wayne, Trevor, James, Mark and crew will be all working hard over the next two weeks to give the WPR/Speed City/Inox Pro Alcohol Funny Car the best chance of reaching the Winner’s Circle at the upcoming Gulf Western Oils Nitro Thunder event at Sydney Dragway on May 6th.
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