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Pacemaker Radial Aspirated action – Video

By Aiden Taylor, 30 Nov 2018 Drag Challenge

Highlights from the Pacemaker Radial Aspirated class at Drag Challenge 2018

Pacemaker Radial Aspirated action – Video

ALON Vella had an unassailable lead in Pacemaker Radial Aspirated from start to finish, going on to take his fifth Drag Challenge class win. While Alon was seconds ahead of his nearest competition, Drag Challenge is an endurance event and any mechanical failure could have put the champ out. Thankfully nothing went wrong for the seasoned DC veteran and he was able to take home yet another DC trophy.

Vella was never challenged on his way to a fifth consecutive Drag Challenge Radial Aspirated class win, handing in a best of 8.74@152mph on Day Five to win the class by a whopping 5.23sec and finishing 11th Outright for the week – an incredible achievement for an aspirated car.

But a lot was still to be decided on the final day, with just 0.141sec separating second to fourth position. And unlike the blown cars, the aspirated classes had the privilege of running the full quarter-mile at Calder for the last day of competition.

Prior to the commencement of Day Five racing, Dylan McGavigan in the Ford Cortina was barred from competing until his car’s safety measures were upgraded, leaving second place wide open for Peter Haravitisidis in the 440ci XY Falcon. He ran a 9.81@138mph to take home the Radial Aspirated runner-up trophy in his first crack at DC.

The third place cherries went to Nathan Ghosn, a DC veteran who battled head gasket issues all week yet still managed to finish on the podium. Nathan could have been out of the event on day one after slipping on some oil dropped by another competitor at half track – he was lucky to drive out of it. He had a good night at Calder on the final day; a 9.80@137mph was a solid effort by the boys.

Jarrod Wood just missed out on a podium finish in his beautiful small-block Ford-powered XT Falcon which having run 10.0s at every track may have been a shoe in for a K&N DYO podium! Keith Hards came in fifth with his tough big-block Camaro, a couple tenths behind Jarrod.

Donnie Zurcas continued his strong run of PBs to finish off the week, his awesome wheel standing EK Holden breaking into the nines with a 9.99@134mph to finish sixth in class.

RESULTS

Alon Vella Ford CapriPacemaker Radial Aspirated

    Calder Park Swan Hill Mildura Swan Hill Calder Park Combined
ET
    ET MPH ET MPH ET MPH ET MPH ET MPH  
1. Alon Vella
Ford Capri
8.96 152.35 8.842 153.47 5.574 123.66 8.695 152.49 8.747 152.47 40.818
2. Peter Haravitisidis
Ford Falcon GT
10.101 135.78 9.9 132.31 6.361 108.9 9.87 136.44 9.816 138.94 46.048
3. Nathan Ghosn
Ford Capri
10.077 134.86 10.005 133.41 6.298 109.3 9.927 133.17 9.808 137.82 46.115
4. Jarrod Wood
Ford Falcon
10.063 134.4 10.04 132.62 6.398 106.15 10.089 130.81 10.006 133.18 46.596
5. Keith Hards
Chevrolet Camaro
10.154 133.41 10.067 134.73 6.437 107.32 10.066 133.21 9.986 135.51 46.71
6. Donnie Zurcas
EK Holden
10.249 134.42 10.093 133.45 6.468 107.32 10.04 132.82 9.995 134.2 46.845
7. George Haddad
XR Falcon
10.429 134.04 10.397 132.27 6.696 104.81 10.491 129.94 10.354 132.48 48.367
8. Michael Titmarsh
TD Cortina
10.397 131.59 10.33 130.13 6.647 104.84 10.366 129.31 10.881 129.24 48.621
9. Joshua Ede
VX Commodore
11.094 122.42 11.105 120.87 6.968 98.07 10.952 121.45 11.626 121.21 51.745
10. Bill Ewing
Ford Mustang
11.498 118.12 11.373 119.71 7.236 94.54 11.51 116.58 11.387 118.11 53.004
11. Tim Ackland
ZC Fairlane
11.237 121.65 11.385 119.11 7.309 92.59 11.691 114.27 11.682 116.79 53.304
12. James Graham
VH Commodore SL/E
11.87 116.35 11.504 121.09 7.309 96.19 11.65 119.04 11.44 118.81 53.773
13. Anthony Burns
Ford Falcon
11.697 117.21 11.653 116.48 7.582 89.37 11.696 114.73 11.731 115.35 54.359
14. Dave Curtis
VN Commodore
11.753 121.02 11.656 119.49 7.534 94.77 15.555 119.01 11.658 119.88 58.156
15. Jim Sakell
1933 Ford tudor
12.458 107.62 12.187 114.06 7.549 92.69 14.507 91.94 11.952 111.89 58.653
16. Andrew Milne
1934 Ford pick-up
12.848 107.24 12.929 103.4 9.236 82.22 14.588 104.5 12.081 111.74 61.682
17. Brenton Miller
KB Chrysler Centura
14.635 97.26 13.566 100.71 8.859 79.96 13.683 98.31 13.869 97.08 64.612
18. Rod Jones
Ford hot rod sedan
11.947 84.95 20 50 9.233 80.61 12.633 110.72 12.064 113.5 65.877