Sunday Test and Tune CALDER PARK 03 October 2010 Part 2
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Original scheduled for the 2nd of October, in what ended up being a bizarre
end to the AFL season with two Grand Finals played, the Calder Saturday
meet was pushed back to Sunday to accomodate. Collingwood fans still
jubilant of an impressive victory were amoungst the many competitors for
the day, in a field which included Pistol Pete, Steve Athens, Billy 66,
Deadli, Easy 8's, Ian Hicks, Michael Braggs and plenty of Fords, Holdens,
Nissans, Subaru's and Mitsubishis. Michael Braggs certainly proved to be
one of the many highlights for the occasion running his blown alcohol
dragster for the first time, yet the day was fill with wall to wall
excitment from start to finish. So sit back now and enjoy the highlights
over three parts.
PROFX - True Blue Nationals
The hi-tech PROFX Sport Compact class qualifying for the Calder Park 2011
True Blue Nationals.
John Taverna Classic ~ Calder Park
The inaugural JTC event was run last Saturday to kick start the Melbourne
Drag Race calendar for 2014. 118 competitors were led by a field of six
Pro Stock cars and a field of Victoria's finest Super Comp, Outlaws, Super
Sedan, Modified, Modified Bike, Super Gas, Super Street and Junior
Dragsters. This is a race meeting everyone hopes will be the season opener
for many years to come in memory of John Taverna who was a large
contributor to Drag Racing in Melbourne and Australia.
The day's competition started well for local Pro stock racer Bill Kotsias,
laying down a 7.18 first pass in Pro Stock which set the pace for the rest
of the day. Jason Hedges played it safe running strong to halftrack, with
Nino Cavallo, Ian Brown and Richard Cavell trying to tune around the
conditions while Hugo Dianvincenzo filled sixth spot in his GXP. Kotsias
and Hedges faced off in the final, and Hedges' debut meeting paid off well
winning the $5,000 kitty as Kotsias drifted right off the hit.
Super Comp had a few highs with DD/GA racer Daniel Camilleri going way
under the DD/GA national record @ 7.63, and Shane Baxter running strong all
day to take the win over Mick Simic's Camaro.
Supercharged Outlaws consisted of a small field running a Chicago Shootout
format to give everyone an opportunity. The final was a tight race between
Michael Braggs and John Brunner's Monaro. Braggs crossed the line first
after both drivers did some pedalled at the end of the night.
Super Sedan had a field of 42 tough competitors as usual. The no 20th
qualifier Rob Taylor in his immaculate LJ Torana met George Hatzi in his
wheels up Charger. Unfortunately for Hatzi he was a little anxious to
start the race and red lit giving the win to Taylor.
Modified featured a field of ever consistent racers fighting it out to the
final which saw Leanne Braggs and Craig Baker line up in the final. A
perfect run for Baker (Mr Perfection) saw him run 8.70 on an 8.70 dial in
and take the win from Leanne who also an ever consistently throughout the
Mod Bike had a strong field of racers (two of them usually race Pro). But
it was the experience of DYO racers Shane Walker and Brendan Sanders that
saw them face each other on the business end. Shane got the win over
Brendan by winning at the lights and running 9.72 on a 9.65 Dial in vs
Super Street looked like it wouldn't have the numbers to run, but late
entries pushed it to a 16 car field and it was an all Ford final with
Anthony Barbara running a brilliant 11.29 on a 11.29 pushing Chris Naughton
to break out by .07 seconds.
As the home of Super Gas racing, a field of 11 cars showed how perfect they
can be with a strong Adelaide contingent of racers. Bruno Romeo's Top
Qualifying spot showed everyone how to do it, but unfortunately he didn't
make it to the business end of the night. It was Matt Forbes and Adrian
McGrotty lining up at the end, with Forbes going 9.90 vs a breaking out
9.88 -- what a final.
Junior Dragster has returned to Calder Park for the first time in over 13
years. In typical winning fashion Jake Cartledge took the win over Brodie
Tedesco running 8.45 on an 8.39 DI.
Although the weather kept the crowd down a little, the inaugural JTC event
was run and won as the excitement of local competition and the start of the
Melbourne season had everyone on a huge high. The meeting finished on
time, with everyone all prepared and itching for the April Top Doorslammer
and Pro Stock round less than 4 weeks away.
Calder Park Raceway, Australia ~ March 1st 2014