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Turbosmart Dial-Your-Own Day Three – Drag Challenge Weekend

By Simon Major | Photos: Nathan Jacobs & Chris Thorogood, 16 Apr 2018 Drag Challenge

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An extra-close finish highlighted what was an enthralling three-day contest in the Turbosmart Dial-Your-Own class

IT WAS a pressure cooker of a final day in Turbosmart Dial-Your-Own. The track conditions for the return to Willowbank were spot-on, and with a cluster of racers vying for first place with less than a hundredth between them, the question of who would end up with the smallest spread between their quickest and slowest times across the three days was literally coming down to the thousandths of a second.

Andrew Dunnett’s immaculate CL Valiant ute was one of the many DYO cars cutting pass after pass like it was virtually circuit racing, looking to nail the perfect run and tighten the ET gap. After years of messing around with Hemi 265 six-cylinder powerplants, Andrew bit the bullet and built one of the first Gen 3 Hemi-powered Aussie Chryslers, backing it with a 904 Torqueflite trans and 3.89-geared nine-inch. With a 12.198 timeslip on Day One, the ute was a few tenths off its 11.89 best, but it was super-consistent over the three days, and after delivering a 12.199 on Day Three, Andrew was crowned winner of the Turbosmart DYO class with an incredible 0.00469-second split!

Since the dust had settled and numbers were crunched, the pairing of Stew Walsh and Dan Case were announced as the runners-up in Stew’s boat-toting HK Kingswood with a 0.00900 margin.

Mitchell Bean in his ’68 Camaro finished with a 0.01200 split to round out the top three.

Hot on their heels was Alysha Teale in her black HQ and 0.01400 difference.

Bill Martland and his VR SS Commodore in fifth spot with a 0.01553 gap.

Make no mistake, the DYO class is in no way a wonky stepchild ‘filler’ class to support the quicker ‘tyre’ classes – far from it. Street Machine Drag Challenge brings together some of the most fiercely competitive, dedicated and professional DYO racers who cut pass after pass within thousandths of their nominated times, all with a fun attitude to boot.

If you think you can cut it, we look forward to seeing you for the week of Street MachineDrag Challenge, 11-16 November!

Results 

Driver

Make

Model

Split

Andrew Dunnett

Chrysler

CL Valiant Ute

0.00469

Stew Walsh & Dan Case

Holden

Kingswood

0.00900

Mitchell Bean

Chevrolet

Camaro

0.01200

Alysha Teale

Holden

HQ Premier

0.01400

Bill Martland

Holden

VR SS Commodore

0.01553

Zaaron Titmarsh

Ford

AU Fairmont wagon

0.01700

Jonathon Codd

Holden

HZ one-tonner

0.02053

Lee Hill

Ford

XY Fairmont

0.02419

Michael Higgs

Holden

VH SLE

0.02900

Karen Bawden

Valiant

VF Regal Hard Top

0.04282

Daryl Amey

Holden

HG

0.05000

Anthony Ellis

Holden

HK ute

0.05407

Ian Pymble

Ford

Falcon

0.06400

Clayton Massey

Holden

HG  Panel Van

0.06818

Matt Britnell

Ford

Falcon

0.08112

Pete Farnell

Ford

XR6 Turbo ute

0.09600

Richard Horvat

Ford

Falcon Sprint

0.09735

Wayne Sampson

Ford

XD Falcon

0.12000

Matt/Joseph

Ford

Mustang

0.12341

Jamie Spiller

Mitsi

Sigma

0.16156

Matt Walsh

Ford

Mustang

0.20206

Rick Welch

Holden

HQ

0.21218

Craig Hughes

Holden

LX Torana

0.25058

Darrin Miller

Nissan

Skyline

0.26602

Chris Martin

Chev

Camaro

0.29900

Peta Thorn

Audi

RS3

0.39174

Jason Davidson

Holden

One-tonner

0.59000

Clive Polidano

Holden

HZ

0.69967

Bradley Lynch

Holden

HQ Monaro

0.87344

Scott Whitley

Holden

Commodore

0.89700

Greg Trapnell

Chev

Monte Carlo

1.16998

Matthew Vella

Holden

HT Kingswood

1.20034

Craig Daly

Holden

HT Belmont

1.40961

Peter Sauer

Holden

HK Brougham

1.51259

Kyle DePiazza

Ford

Fairmont

3.73121

Dave Hutchinson

Ford

Falcon 

5.08517

Jarrod Wood

Holden

Calais

6.47751

Damien Boyce

Ford

Falcon

9.78300