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2021 Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder Sportsman Wrap

by Sydney Dragway
in Sydney Dragway News, Drag Racing News
10 May 2021

Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder Sportsman Wrap

After a mammoth day of racing that did not conclude until well past midnight, the 400 Thunder Sportsman Series was sparkling under the lights at Sydney Dragway on Saturday.

A complete washout of qualifying on Friday meant that it was going to be a difficult day for racers and officials alike, but the Drag Racing community banded together to deliver some spectacular racing at one of the premier events on the calendar.

Pro Mod, now a Group 1 category, was a three-round format that saw Jeremy Callaghan from the ACT taking on Wollongong's Greg Tsakiridis in the final. The beautiful Chev Camaro of Callaghan took the light with a .077 to a .089 and the win with a 5.91 at 249.07 mph against a 6.55 from Tsakiridis.

Pro Radial saw the Mustang Joe Gauci cut the tree better than his rival defeating Frank Marchese's 4.10 with a 4.028.

Extreme Bike featured seven bikes. In the final Matthew Walker, unfortunately, collected a red light handing the automatic win over to Leonard Azzopardi who ran a 6.828 at 214 mph.

 The Super Gas final saw both Anthony Panetta and Roy Romeo separated by only 6 thousandths of a second at the start line, with both dipping under the 9.90 fixed index at the stripe. It was Panetta who took home the win and the Gold Christmas Tree with a 9.88 defeating a 9.86 from Romeo.

A huge field in Western Weekender Junior Dragster faced the starter, with the teams having to hot-lap the junior racers to ensure that they were completed by the 10pm curfew for Juniors.

After five rounds of racing, the final saw two NSW racers face-off with Harri Raiko taking the win with an 8.12 ET on an 8.11 dial, defeating Samuel Perri who broke out after taking the start line advantage.

Go Logistics Super Street was another large entry list with the finalists fighting their way through four rounds of racing to reach the final. Queenslander Ray Ross took the victory in his classic Valiant Charger after his opponent James Barnes dropped a .017 red light at the start. Modified Bike saw a New South Wales versus Victoria battle. It was Castle Hill's Sean Ricketts taking the win with a .02 over 9.10 in the final over Warrnambool's Peter Bartlett, who marked a return to Sydney Dragway with a runner-up finish.

In Super Sedan, Dale Hartill-Law Top Qualified, while two of the most experienced campaigners in the field took to the track for the final round. In a great race, Sean Maher took the starting line advantage over Jim Denaro with a .011 to .084 reaction time, and was never behind as he took a holeshot win over Denaro in the Ford Cortina.

Timic Hot Rod Supplies Modified saw Jenny Petrie in the Timic Hot Rod Supplies Fiat Topolino take on Chris Manks’ Bantam Altered - one of the quickest cars in the class. The race was virtually over at the start with a .177 reaction time for Petrie, giving away almost a tenth-and-a-half of a second to Manks, who powered through for the win with a 6.91 on his 6.86 dial-in.

Thirty cars fronted for the first round of Top Sportsman, one of the biggest categories of the day. In the end, it was Paul Partridge who took the win in his green Mustang over the six-second car of Peter Anastasopolous. Partridge logged a .010 reaction combined with a 7.93 on a 7.92 dial-in to best a .044-reacted 6.87 on a 6.86 from Anastasopolous.

Supercharged Outlaws was a family affair with Queensland father and son duo of Bill and Josh Fletcher facing off. In this case, it was youth over experience with Josh logging a spectacular 7.39 on a 7.39 dial-in to defeat his dad who was pushed to a breakout after a tardy .252 reaction time.

In Super Comp, the win and the gold Christmas tree went to Queensland with Shane Moran, running in A/APA, who ran .164 under his index 7.096 to defeat John Kuiper‘s D/G Commodore in the final.



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