Sourced from www.andra.com.au
Driver Safety Proven At 500 Kilometres Per Hour
In an outright advertisement for the safety standards of Australian drag racing, a Top Fuel driver contesting tonight’s 42nd Australian Nationals at Queensland’s Willowbank Raceway, has walked away unscathed after his dragster snapped in half and burst into flames travelling at close to 500 kilometres per hour.
Mildura’s Phil Lamattina had already covered the quarter mile competition distance in an incredible 4.68 seconds before he became airborne when his dragster frame appeared to crumble.
Thankfully he was soon able to drive by and salute the crowd to confirm his good health much to the relief of drag racing fans.
In a fiery night of fuel charged entertainment fellow Top Fuel driver Allan Dobson had his machine in a ball of flames on the very next pass to give his crew a full night of repairs before tomorrow night’s finals action.
While Lamattina will be unable to rebuild before tomorrow, Perth’s Martin Stamatis will have gained confidence as the top qualifier in Redcliffe Dyno and Performance Top Fuel.
Nineteen year-old Sydney driver Amanda Shepherd worked her 50 kilogram frame into seventh qualifying spot to book a finals showdown with reigning Australian champion Phil Read.
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