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Both Top Fuel and Pro Alcohol Championship points tables closed right up after an exciting night of 400 Thunder Drag Racing at Willowbank Raceway on Good Friday.
In Top Fuel Kelly Bettes won her second straight event at the wheel of the Lamattina Family's Dragster. In winning the event Bettes scored maximum points and setting the quickest time in the first two rounds of racing with a best of 3.892 seconds at 501.6KPH before defeating Peter Xiberras in the finals. Both drivers suffered traction problems being forced to lift off the throttle with severe tyre shake in the final but it was Kelly Bettes who recovered first and lead the PremiAir Dragster across the finish line by just seventeen hundredths of a second.
The win moves Bettes to just two points adrift of current 400 Thunder Championship leader, Damien Harris in his Rapisarda Autosport International car who managed two wins from his three starts at the event. Peter Xiberras is in third just twenty points behind Harris Setting u a gripping battle over the final two rounds of the series.
Pro Alcohol category was no less dramatic with Russell Mills using a superior start line reaction to defeat Gary Phillips in the final with his 5.622 elapsed time holding out Phillips 5.515by just twenty two thousandths of a second across the finish line. Championship leader Steven Reed won two of his three races but has seen this points advantage over second placed Mills shrink to just 13 points heading into the penultimate round of the series.
The next round of the 400 Thunder Professional Drag Racing Series in the Gulf Western Oils Nitro Thunder at Sydney Dragway on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th May 2018.
Kevin Predergast
Email: manager@400thunder.com.au
Phone: 0439 396 251
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