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Drag Challenge 2019 Turbosmart Outlaw Blown Top 12

13 Dec 2019 Drag Challenge

Drag Challenge 2019 - Turbosmart Outlaw Blown Top 12

There were no holds barred in this big-tyre battle over Drag Challenge

Turbosmart Outlaw Blown is a pretty straightforward class. Any and all forms of forced induction are permitted, through tyres as wide as you like - radials wider than 275 or full slicks are the ticket. For the first time, our overall Drag Challenge winner came from the Turbosmart Outlaw Blown ranks. Though Haltech Radial Blown still rules the roost in terms of competitiveness, this class will undoubtedly grow in future years.

Watch next: Drag Challenge Day Five - Video

TURBOSMART OUTLAW BLOWN
1ST

HARRY HAIG
1972 HOLDEN HQ KINGSWOOD
Time: 30.258

Harry Haig HQ Drag Challenge

WINNING Turbosmart Outlaw Blown for the second year in a row, along with taking out the overall win, Harry Haig’s Pops HQ was the only car to run a four-second pass over the eighth-mile all week. While his 7.49@186mph on Day Five was rapid, Harry’s ability to get his 540ci twin-turbo fat-block HQ down the eighth is really where he won DC19.

Read next: Harry Haig at Drag Challenge 2019 

2ND
BRENDAN CHERRY

1987 HOLDEN VL CALAIS
Time: 30.845

Brendan Cherry VL Calais

ONE of our Drag Challenge OGs, Brendan Cherry got a handle on his big-tyre, big-block VL Calais to not only finish second in Turbosmart Outlaw Blown class but second outright as well. His Day Five run of 7.61@186mph was a PB for the car, which is now for sale as Brendan has big plans for an even wilder car for Drag Challenge 2021.

Read next: Brendan Cherry's twin-turbo, big-block VL Calais - Drag Challenge 2019 runner-up 

 

3RD
JASON RUBY

NISSAN S13 SILVIA
Time: 33.206

Jason Ruby AWD S13

ALL-paw grip and over 1200hp at the hubs from a turbocharged, stroked Nissan three-litre six meant Jason Ruby was one to watch in Turbosmart Outlaw Blown this year. Running a best time of 8.33@165mph the custom adjustable all-wheel-drive system Jason built for his Nissan seemed to handle the torture-test perfectly well.

Read next: Jason Ruby's 1990 Nissan S13 Silvia - Drag Challenge profile

 

4TH
MARK WHITLA & DARBY HAMILTON

1969 FORD CAPRI 
Time: 34.084

Mark Whitla Capri

AFTER bringing another Capri to DC18 Mark brought his big-tyre RUNS7S Capri back in 2019, with up to 400hp worth of gas for the 550ci big-block Chev. Running without a trailer, Mark and his mate Darby managed to run a best time of 8.46@162mph to finish just off the podium in Turbosmart Outlaw Blown, and were the fastest without a trailer.

Read next: Mark Whitla's big-block 1971 Ford Capri - Drag Challenge profile

 

5TH
JAKE EDWARDS

1974 HOLDEN TORANA SL/R
Time: 35.825

Jake Edwards Torana

CANBERRA’S Jake Edwards didn’t change much on his legendary LH Torana for 2019, retaining the HQ-headed Holden 355. Jake had a killer week in Turbosmart Outlaw Blown, not even being phased when the turbo on the big-tyre Torrie swallowed a piece of wiring loom, chipping the blades. In 2019 the Summernats Horsepower Heroes legend ran a best time of 8.95@148mph.

Read next: Jake Edwards - Drag Challenge profile

6TH
JOSHUA GRANT

HOLDEN VB COMMODORE SL
Time: 39.142

Joshua Grant VB SL

RUNNING on E85, Josh Grant’s Morpheus Purple VB SL packs a Holset HX55-inflated Ecotec 3.8-litre V6 to give the first-gen Commodore nine-second capabilities. In 2019 the DC veteran managed a best time of 9.93@135mph on Day Five to wind up sixth in Turbosmart Outlaw Blown class.

 

7TH
MARCUS HOWE

1970 FORD XW FALCON
Time: 39.015

Marcus Howe XW

TAMANIAN Marcus Howe brought his nitrous-snorting Dart Windsor 434ci X-Dub Falcon back across Bass Straight for another tilt at Turbosmart Outlaw Blown in 2019. Despite struggling to get the Silver Fox four-door to hook up cleanly, Marcus still nailed a best run of 9.55@146mph to finish the week seventh in class.

Read next: 9-SECOND 740RWHP 434CI XW FALCON

 

8TH
TODD O’LEARY

2017 FORD MUSTANG
Time: 39.855

Todd O'Leary blown Mustang drag car

WITH a VMP 2300cc positive-displacement blower perched atop the five-litre Coyote in his 2017 Mustang, Todd O’Leary finished Drag Challenge 2019 in eighth spot in Turbosmart Outlaw Blown class. Claimed to be the fastest blown S550 Mustang in Oz, Todd’s Grabber Blue pony car ran as quickly as 9.78@114mph during Drag Challenge.

 

9TH
DAN GARDNER

2019 CHEVROLET/HSV CAMARO ZL1
Time: 45.072

Drag Challenge ZL1 Camaro

TAKING a brand-new car on Drag Challenge might be considered cheating by some, but we were dead-keen to see how drag racing newbie and WhichCar.com.au journo Dan Gardner would do. With a pair of 305-wide drag radials on the back the 640hp factory-blown LT4 Camaro ran an astonishing 11.20@127mph on Dan’s second-ever pass down a drag strip, finishing the week ninth in Turbosmart Outlaw Blown.

Watch next: Drag racing newbie competes at Drag Challenge in 640hp Camaro ZL1

 

10TH
BRUCE HOWIE

1963 FORD XL FALCON UTE
Time: 44.726

Bruce Howie XK Falcon ute

JUST a fortnight out from Drag Challenge Bruce Howie’s 347ci Windsor cried enough and forced him to throw together a stock-bottom-end 302 he had laying around, though he kept the nitrous and Jerico four-speed manual. His 11.06@124mph on Day Five was enough to finish as the Fastest Stick-Shift and 10th in Turbosmart Outlaw Blown.

Read next: 11-second small-block Ford-powered XL Falcon ute at Drag Challenge 2018

 

11TH
JOHN WHYTE

1950 CHEVROLET FLEETLINE SEDAN
Time: 45.621

John Whyte Chevrolet Fleetline drag car

WE WEREN’T expecting to see John Whyte’s ’50 Chev sedan light up the Calder Park timing boards with an 11.32@128mph. Hiding under the big more-door’s bonnet is a cammed 5.7-litre LS with worked heads, now wearing a 42mm turbo that John’s wife gave him as a Christmas present. Making a heady 450rwhp the Chev packs coilovers at each corner among significant chassis upgrades as John uses it as his daily.

 

12TH
CON ROZOKOS

1975 HOLDEN HJ STATESMAN DEVILLE
Time: 47.834

HJ Statesman drag car

ADELAIDE’S Con Rozokos and his mates from Junket Racing were gifted their HJ Statesman as an abandoned project, putting together a stock-bottom-end turbo LS drivetrain for it with what they had laying around or what they could find on eBay. The Drag Challenge newbies nailed their goal of getting the barge into the 11s on Day Five, running 11.66@119mph before driving it home in style.

Read next: Budget-built turbo LS-powered HJ Holden Statesman

 

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