Top Fuel @ Calder Park ~ FUCHS Nitro Thunder
In front of over 7000 Melbourne race fans, the ANDRA Drag Racing Series
marked its return after 12 years away from Australia's sporting capital
with thrilling action across three ANDRA pro categories.
Morgan defeated event debutante John Lamattina in a close fought final with
Morgan's 4.322 narrowly defeating a 4.556 from Lamattina.
Morgan paid credit to his crew for their efforts not just at Fuchs Nitro
Thunder presented by Crow Cams but across the whole season.
"This crew has been amazing not just today but every time they go to work
on this car," he said. "(Crew chief) Ben Patterson took a bit of a stab at
the tune up today after we had an ignition shut off on one run and then a
seized fuel pump in a warm up and sure enough it went down there -- he got
it right and to do that twice in one day is full credit to him.
"In the run before the final I was on the hand brake trying to keep
traction so Ben calmed it down for the final and it sailed on through."
Morgan defeated chief championship rival Phil Lamattina in the first
elimination round and with 74 points now separating the pair, qualifying
fifth or better at the Australian Nationals at Sydney Dragway in two weeks
would mean Morgan wraps up his fourth Top Fuel title.
"Championship wise it is what it is, we take the punches as we swing them,"
FUCHS Nitro Thunder, Calder Park, Australia October 19th 2013
John Force battles daughter Brittany Force for the first time! - Top Fuel Race -
We spent the day at the Pro Winter warm up at Palm Beach International
Raceway and got a chance to witness history with John Force going heads up
with his daughter Brittany Force for the first time!
Here is a quote from the legend himself about the race.
"I have raced all my daughters I never knew if I would get a chance to race
Brittany. The pairings worked out so we could match up and they asked if we
would consider running together. I wouldn't race anybody else. I want to
race my own teams at a deal like this. You want to put on a show for the
fans. It was great," said John Force. "She said she couldn't see me when we
pulled up to stage because she sits back in that dragster with the canopy.
We both flickered the bottom light trying to get shallow. I knew if she
went (down the track under power) she would beat me. Even with that 4.01 or
if I ran 3.98 if she ran a 3.80 she would have me. I tried to get after her
on the light but she actually left on me. It was fun for the crowd. We had
great racing all weekend."