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Goldenstates Perth 14th & 15th Nov. 2008

Front page of the Goldenstates programme
Front page of the Goldenstates programme


Prizegiving and Athol was told he was an OZZIE now that he had an Australian Record
Prizegiving and Athol was told he was an OZZIE now that he had an Australian Record


The Sealed motor
The Sealed motor


Proof of the record...still to get the ANDRA certificate
Proof of the record...still to get the ANDRA certificate

The Stud Racing team gathered in Perth via many roads.  Athol drove across Australia for four days towing the trailer.  The New Zealand crew met in Sydney to meet up with their crew chief arriving from America, to travel onto Perth.

 

 

 

After the disappointment of the last meeting the main objective was just to qualify and to get their 2008/09 season back on track

Arriving in Perth on Thursday, everyone prepared themselves for the ordeal of qualifying in Top Bike.   On Friday at 6.15pm we are out for our first qualifying run.  All hands crossed to get down the track.

At the sight of the green light Athol blasted his way down the track to produce a 6.52 second pass.   The crew were ecstatic to produce a pass to get the team in the field, and then quickly set on their way to pick up Athol and service the bike.  Unbeknown to everyone, until half an hour later, when we got a phone call from Athol's daughter, "you just ran 227mph - that's a record isn't it?'  WHAT!  We hadn't even got the time slip, we were that busy concentrating on servicing.  The team couldn't believe it!.....but continued to service for the next round.

8.15pm arrived with us in the staging lanes preparing for the next quanlifying pass and Roger casually walked up to an official to ask "what is the procedure for claiming records?"... We had to ensure that the bike was scrutineered after a record breaking run.  Best to be in the know on these matters.

An optimistic team went up to the line and Athol blitzed out an ET of 6.451 at 222.71mph to seal both the track and National mph records.  GREAT - off to the scrutineering shed with both time cards in hand.  After going through the official red tape the record was ours on the proviso that the motor would be stripped for cubic capacity inspection.  Going back to the scrutineering bay unfortunately put us behind on service time and arriving in our pit area at 9pm, expecting to go out to race at 9.35pm was going to make the third qualifying round impossible.  We had achieved another thing that no other kiwi team had ever done in an ANDRA competition - the Australian National mile an hour record was ours.

The end of the day and the Stud Racing team were once again NUMBER one qualifiers with top ET and MPH.....we were very happy!

Saturday came about too fast.  Everyone had worked late the night before to ensure the bike was ready.  We had stiff competition in the first round with Ian Ashelford (Single) who is well and truly capable of 6.50 passes and is not to be taken lightly.  Our time slips all weekend only had three numbers.....two's, sevens and sixes.  (highly spooky)....so what did we do this run????? the magical 222.22mph with an ET of 6.667 - how was that?  Single broke and we were into the semi final, well done team.

Back to the pit area for a big service.  Mark Ashelford was our next contender and he again would not be taken lightly....on a bike capable of running well into the sixes.  We tuned the bike with the intention of Mark running deep into the sixes and came out tops with a 6.41 to win, but with a big puff of smoke.  We kenw we had to change engines.  This was our second best ET ever and to our amazement we produced a 226.7mph run.  We had backed up ou 227.27mph done in the first qualifying pass, thus breaking our own (just achieved) Australian National record.  The unfortunate down side of this was that the bike had to be reinspected.  It was back to the scrutineering shed, putting pressure on the team to service for the finals.

Unknown to the team this delay to the service area, would be the downfall of us firing in the final.  Everyone worked like a well oiled machine to change engines.  The engine that was being removed had to be sealed for inspection by an ANDRA official.  We were told to get the bike to the staging lanes but we had not fired the bike in the pits - a rule the team dearly hated to break.  We had to go regardless and to our disappointment the bike failed to fire up in staging.

The team took this in their stride and reflected on the massive achievements they had made.  All four passes this racing weekend were above the old national record of 219mph, making us the fastest recorded bike in Australasia.

On Sunday, after the meeting, the official inspection took place of our "record breaking" engine.  We had full confirmation that afternoon - our record was official.  YAHOOOOOOO.  Also we became a member of the top 30 drag racing motorcycles of the world, at number twenty one.

Achievements

Number one qualifier                                       Runner up                               Top Mile an hour(bonus points)                                                    Quickest ET (bonus points)              135 points added to our Championship tally, to put us in 2nd place, 5 points behind Jay 

Thanks To    Victor Bray of Team Bray Racing for providing the truck to transport our trailer across the continent.                                      Mack Trucks for providing the truck in connection with Victor.                                                                                                                           Ted of Gates Belts and Hoses for the fantastic polycarbon belts and support.