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APSA Pro Street Shootout Rnd3 Sydney

The 17th May saw Round 3 of the APSA Pro Street Shootout roll into Sydney Dragway. Keen to get amongst it we headed out with the Mazda6 and a small group of customer cars to mix it up with the V8s.

After bowing out in the final at the recent Nitro Champs due to a minor component failure the guys were eager to get the Mazda6 back on the track.

Running in an exhibition class the day didn’t start off too well for us with some minor hiccups but George and the Mazda6 came back out swinging with a stout 6.562@209.

The low trap speed was due to the extension housing on the Liberty snapping off causing George to reluctantly back off in the deep end.

Not keen to call it a day just yet, while the crew worked hard to get the rest of the car ready for another pass, a replacement extension housing was picked up from the workshop and once installed the car was once again ready to go.

George then blasted out a solid 6.691@215 pass with a peddle; before once again breaking the rear housing off the box on the last pass of the night…

Taking on the big boys in Outlaw 10.5 was Sam ‘The Godfather’ Sadek, Elia Hajjar & The Dentist in their RX3 coupes.

Still gunning for that elusive six second pass, Sam and his crew gave their all and while they managed a 7.181@193 best for the day, the last pass of the night saw tragedy strike with the car coming into hard contact with the wall at the 1000’ mark. The cause; a split water tank for the water-to-air intercooler spilling water under the tyres.

Thankfully Sam walked away from the accident unscathed and still in his usual good spirits despite the less than perfect circumstances.

Flying the flag high for the 13B brigade, Elia and his crew are super keen to push the limits of the still-fresh RX3 coupe.

After a few aborted runs Elia laid down a 7.781@186 followed by an impressive 7.321@187, a new PB for the car. This PB shows the car has big potential with Elia still getting used to the car and slowly stepping things up. This was then backed up with a 7.6@188.

The Dentist was also on track for the meet, his brightly coloured coupe looking stunning as ever in the sun.

The car was recently fitted with an all new combo and the boys are slowly but surely getting on top of things but unfortunately the car suffered a few teething problems this meeting, only managing one full pass of 8.412@154.

Afif Mikael had several wild rides throughout the day in his 13B Corolla including giving the wall a little love tap on his first pass.

Coming off the back of a 7.6 pass at his first meeting in the car at the Sydney Jamboree just passed; Afif and his crew were primed to better that time, however unfortunately they couldn’t put down a clean, full pass on the day.  Being only his second event in the driver’s seat Afif is still getting used to steering this monster but with more seat time we’re sure to see the car return to the low seven second zone.

Dom Perri was back to his usual wheel stand antics, taking on the V8s in the X275 class.

 Dom has slowly been chipping away at his ET at every meet and once again he has finished an event on a high with a new PB.

Keen to send as many V8s packing as possible across the day, Dom worked on his reaction times and let the 13BT/Jatco combo do the rest, netting him several 9.4s and a 9.3 before locking in a smoking 9.217@144 personal best.

Last but certainly not least, Norm Kiproff campaigned his VL in the Outlaw Radial class, also coming home with a new PB.

The RB26/30 and liberty combo can be quite a handful at times but Norm held on for an easy 8.075@175, his quickest for the day and to date.

Overall we came home with a tonne of data and several customer PBs which is always a good thing. We would like to thank our sponsors Garrett, Mazda Australia, Haltech & Turbosmart, the guys at the APSA and Sydney Dragway for putting on such a great event and to our fans for coming down and supporting us.

Next event on the calendar is the Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway on the 7th to 10th of June. We will be heading up with the Mazda6 racing in Factory Extreme on the Saturday and Sunday while Damien McKern will be competing is Super Compact.

See you there.