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Tuff Mounts 235 Blown class wrap-up – Drag Challenge 2019

By Glenn Torrens, 20 Nov 2019 Drag Challenge

Tuff Mounts 235 Blown class wrap-up – Drag Challenge 2019

The force-fed tiny-tyre crew fight it out for class honours on Day Five of DC 2019

TODD Foley’s VH Commodore mastered the Tuff Mounts 235 Blown class for Drag Challenge 2019, with a 34.787sec cumulative ET – nearly half a second over his nearest class rival Dominic Pelle. Todd made the win look easy, but it was the result of experience as much as good prep. The VH runs a supercharged, nitrous-huffing 403ci LS built by Todd’s brother (and Haltech Radial Blown third-placegetter) Luke. Each day during Drag Challenge, Todd changed his rear springs (a 10-minute task) because of the weight his Commodore was carrying – yep, Todd was a ‘no trailer’ participant for extra legend points!

 

Mitsubishi Sigma

Dominic Pelle kept Todd honest though, nipping at his heels all week in his E85-fed turbo LS-powered ’79 Sigma, which he drove down from Sydney (and home again). Dom was a hair’s breadth in front of the class after Monday’s racing, and remained at the pointy end all week, despite having limited ability to tweak his car. He finished the week with a very respectable 35.26sec cumulative time.

 

VG Valiant

After working hard to overcome the three-pronged challenge of a peaky turbo motor and small tyre under a full-weight car (his famous L33-powered POR440 VG Valiant), Mark Arblaster then had the face-slap of a turbo problem later in the week. A replacement turbo was air-freighted from Sydney to Portland – but was the wrong one. Bummer! In the end, the old hairdryer survived long enough to secure Mark a third-place spot in Tuff Mounts 235 Blown, with a cumulative time of 36.862sec.

 

Chrysler Centura

Just missing out on a podium spot was Dan Barbary, who put up a good battle all week in his Chrysler Centura, finishing with a 37.219sec combined ET. Largely self-built (Dan machined the hubs for the Falcon front disc conversion, made the turbo manifold and soldered his MegaSquirt EFI) he arrived this year with the Centura ’caged, teched and ticked for single-digit numbers. That was achieved, but the meth-burning turbo LS-powered ride wasn’t quite as fast or as quick as the top three, something Dan will no doubt work on for next year!

 

Holden HT Monaro

Stephen Micallef has attended Drag Challenge three times in a tough nine-second aspirated Holden One Tonner, but this white HT Monaro was new for the 2019 event. The Monaro boogies down the quarter thanks to an LS V8 transplant – yes, another one! – lifted from a dead VY Commodore. It’s boosted by a cheapie turbo, and Stephen gave the engine a new cam and gapped the original rings to suit the boost. “I reuse the bearing shells,” he laughed of his quickie rebuild. It twists a Shift Right-built TH350 and Truetrac-filled nine-inch diff. Stephen finished the week ninth in class.

 

Ford XP Falcon

Twelfth-placed Matt Carpenter’s tasty black XP Falcon is powered by a 347ci stroker Windsor small-block. The carb-fed, alloy-headed and nitrous-assisted strip regular has around 315hp at its Gazzard mono leaf-suspended rear axle. “If I can survive the week I will be stoked!” Matt said on Monday. Sure enough, he made it back to Calder in one piece on Friday. “I’ll definitely be back!” Matt said after completing his first Drag Challenge event. “It was awesome! And the blokes who were with me want to run something next year, too.”

 

TUFF MOUNTS 235 BLOWN

  Calder Mildura Mildura Portland Calder  
  ET MPH ET MPH ET MPH ET MPH ET MPH Combined ET
Todd Foley 8.883 154.26 5.703 122.81 5.653 123.5 5.749 119.62 8.799 153.13 34.787
Dominic Pelle 8.865 155.87 5.848 124.17 5.877 124.49 5.742 125.9 8.928 153.7 35.26
Mark Arblaster 9.155 152.35 6.153 115.28 5.963 117.44 6.3 112.3 9.291 147.79 36.862
Daniel Barbary 9.631 148.18 6.118 117.13 6.035 118.58 6.159 115.85 9.276 146.67 37.219
Randall Mortier 10.013 117.99 6.291 109.65 6.244 110.22 6.608 110.79 9.832 136.04 38.988
Jason Kenny 9.574 161.94 5.468 128.63 6.697 116.66 8.866 56.51 8.466 166.44 39.071
Jay Robinson 10.899 127.28 6.808 103.7 6.449 109.92 7.129 110.05 9.775 132.14 41.06
Ryan Featherstone 11.266 121.08 7.815 95.1 6.954 97.22 6.989 97.39 11.21 119.22 44.234
Stephen Micallef 11.471 122.66 7.623 96.66 7.272 100.95 7.311 101.95 10.767 128.84 44.444
Trevor Hunter 11.397 124.71 7.213 97.66 7.33 97.09 7.19 97.95 11.326 122.72 44.456
Jesse Adams 12.122 147.79 7.068 112.98 8.398 111.64 6.929 115.62 10.016 148.74 44.533
Matt Carpenter 12.036 115.91 7.337 92.56 7.058 93.72 7.037 93.17 11.121 106.39 44.589
Mark Johnstone 11.158 133.42 9.056 91.26 7.163 105.96 7.243 105 11.648 105.12 46.268
Daniel Kemlo 12.466 116.67 8.337 76.44 8.169 85.62 7.647 95.77 12.804 81.86 49.423
Corty Haig 9.804 141.06 7.179 109.24 9.128 87.92 9.378 89.57 14.077 114.54 49.566
David Darwin 14.536 102.88 10.721 64.96 12.281 69.42 9.482 79.16 11.601 129.54 58.621

 

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