Martin Stamatis 4.577 329.10 mph (529.63 kmh) drag race
Western Australian Martin Stamatis became the fastest Australian drag racer
at the recent Sydney Summernationals on Saturday February 16 when he
blasted his Fastlane Software Jim Read Racing top fuel dragster to a top
speed of 329.10 mph (529.63 kmh) down the WSID quarter mile.
The fastest speed recorded by an Australian on Aussie soil was previously
held by his team mate, Phil Read who ran 329.02 mph (529.51 kmh) at the
2006 Boxing Day International Top Fuel Challenge.
Although the margin may be minimal to some, for Stamatis the speed was a
great personal achievement for him and his hard working team, and the 4.577
second ET from the run is also now only just behind Phil Read's personal
best of time 4.571 seconds, leaving the entire Read team really pumped.
Stamatis and his team then went on to win the meeting, and are now looking
forward to the next top fuel round due to be held in Sydney on May 2 and 3.
Martin Stamatis 2009 Fuchs Nationals - on-board video montage
Martin Stamatis 2009 Fuchs Nationals - on-board video montage.
Includes day one and two 4.8-second qualifying runs, and elimination runs
where Stamatis came runner-up in the Final against Pom Steve Read, 4.77
(Read) to 4.87 (Stamatis) who's parachute fell out 1/2 half track.
Phil Read's last test run at the WSID Nitro Champs May 3, 2009
This is Phil Read's last test pass (after the finals) at WSID from the 2009
Nitro Champs. While he shut off early, the footage gives a different
perspective of the engine and ride from the on-board camera mounted on top
of the roll cage looking backwards.
Top fuel round Perth Motorplex February 1 and 2
The Perth Motorplex held its annual top fuel round over the weekend of
February 1 and 2, 2008.
Four cars turned up for the event including current top fuel champion Phil
Read, his team mate and local West Australian Martin Stamatis, Phil
Lamattina in his new dragster and Darren Morgan.
The strong field ran great times all weekend, and it was Lamattina who won
the event in the end with his final round 4.65 (but video of this run was
Martin Stamatis was also kind enough to allow the writer access into his
team for the weekend to collect some additional exclusive in-car footage,
which is also included with this youtube feature video.
The top fuel teams would like to thank the Perth Motorplex, their crews,
fans, families and sponsors who make it all possible to go racing including
Auto One, Fastlane Software, Fuchs Lubricants, Wicked Quick, Snap On,
Wynns, Rocky Lamattina and Sons, Hi Tech Oils and Pavtec.
Martin Stamatis Top Fuel engine blow-up incar cam 01.02.2008
Youtube feature video - Martin Stamatis Top Fuel engine blow-up 01.02.2008,
in car camera footage.
This is what is was like for Martin Stamatis on Friday night qualifying in
Top Fuel at the Perth Motorplex
Stamatis was on a flying number when the engine blew up creating a
spectacular fire ball.
So keep an eye out on Channel 9 for the Speed Machine TV show which shows
externally what the incident looked like.
The team rebuilt the dragster and burned the midnight oil to make sure the
car was fresh and ready for the next day of racing.
I think Speed Machine is being shown on Channel 9 this coming Saturday or
Sunday, February 9 or 10. Check local guides for details.
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Martin Stamatis and his Read racing top fuel dragster team ran their
personal best time at Western Sydney International Dragway (WSID) recently
at the 2008 Summernationals held over February 15 and 16.
After qualifying third in the strong ten-car field with a email@example.com mph
(503 kmh), Stamatis knocked out Terry Sainty in the first round with a
5.00, which left him up against Darren Morgan for the second round.
With a feeling of déjà vu after having Morgan knock him out in the second
round held in Perth just two weeks prior, the team were pumped to try and
level the score, and with conditions perfect for drag racing, it was
Stamatis this time who won with a fabulous firstname.lastname@example.org mph (529 kmh)
blast, which was also low ET and top speed for the event.
The run cemented Stamatis a final round appearance, and the team tried to
back up their awesome 4.57 run for a new national record in the final,
however the blower belt unfortunately came off on their last pass, but
their 4.80 was still good enough to win the event.
After running the 4.57, Stamatis commented in a post run interview that at
half track, he was wondering what on earth "Cav" (Robert Cavagnino, his
Crew Chief) was doing to him as the car hauled its way to nearly 530 kmh!
Well done to the entire Stamatis team, to Read racing for providing a great
car, and to WSID for yet another great memorable pass in Australian drag
Martin Stamatis and Phil Read Top Fuel final May 3 2008 WSID
This is Jim Read Racing team mates Martin Stamatis and Phil Read racing
each other at the 2008 Snap On Nitro Champs recently in a spectacular top
fuel finals race which was held at the Western Sydney International Dragway
held over the May 2 and 3 weekend, 2008. The last two videos includes
firstly an onboard camera fitted onto Martin's dragster looking at Phil,
and then Phil's camera pointing back towards Martin.
Having lane choice for the final, Martin and Crew Chief Rob Cavagnino chose
to use the left hand lane, and after a pair of great burnouts in the cold
and tricky conditions, the pair lined up, Phil reacting first with a .129
to Martin's .141. So the chase began, and in what appeared to be a great
side by side drag race, it was Martin's dragster that out accelerated Phil
who ran a 4.90 @ 302.82 mph to Martin's winning 4.606 @ a huge 323.5 mph.
But then, as the two cars passed the finish line, Phil watched in horror as
Martin's car exploded in a shower of fire when the rear tyre exploded and
blew the rear wing to oblivion. What followed was a great steering effort
by both drivers, Phil commenting that he was ducking and weaving from the
debris, while Martin slowed down safely, thanks greatly to his parachutes
which kept the car pulled straight, making it easier to handle, and ended
up stopping safely in the gravel trap, missing half of the rear end from
Thankfully, Martin emerged unscathed apart from a twisted ankle after
jumping out of the car. He says about the incident: "I guess, it emphasis's
the point that motor racing is dangerous, and we've got to thank the
designers from past to present, for the safety equipment that they put
around us. This just gives us a wake up call that we shouldn't take
anything for granted, and we're all alive, and completely uninjured, so,
The team have now focused their efforts towards building a replacement
vehicle for Martin, and Team Read are now looking forward to the
Winternationals Top Fuel round due to be held at Willowbank Raceway in
Queensland over the weekend of the 5-8th June, 2008. With Phil having now
wrapped up the Championship, Martin now goes to Queensland in second place,
42 points ahead of Darren Morgan.
Team Crew Chief, Bruce Read, added "our guys went over the car on Monday
night after Martin's incident, and it is actually a lot worse than we first
thought. Thankfully, we had a new chassis sitting there, so we got straight
into getting the new car organized. By Tuesday night the new car had
already had the fuel tank, lines, engine management, levers and cables now
fitted from Martin's current car.
Our amazing team of dedicated crew are already well into the mind numbing
task of completely building a new car to go to Willowbank with said Crew
Chief Rob Cavagnino! Phil's car is turned around already, and is sitting
there now ready to go, so now as we focus on Martin's new ride, we hope to
fire it up for the first time in about 2 weeks, if all goes well".
On board with Rob - 5.79
Rob Pilkington again, this time on board the AA/FC Monte Carlo.
One of the clearest onboard videos I've ever seen for a long time. And
there's yet more to come...
ANDRA Definition AA/FC - Alcohol funny car (AA refers to engine size, NOT
NHRA's nitromethane category). TA/FC is similar, but running larger
Martin Stamatis Top Fuel 4.577 329.10 mph 529.64 km/h video
An in-car version of this run can be seen here;
A view at the side of track can be seen here;
Info and Links;
Summernationals 2008 (Sat 16/02/08)
Top Fuel Eliminations - Round 2
DARREN MORGAN Outer Lane: 4.744s / 292.39mph (470.56Km/h)
MARTIN STAMATIS Closer Lane: 4.577s / 329.10mph (529.64Km/h)
Martin Stamatis Bio;
Western Sydney International Dragway;
Summernationals 2008 Results;
Australian National Drag Association;