Santa Pod Raceway. Easter Thunderball & Pro Fuel Shootout. This years shootout saw the debut of Smax Smith in a Top Fuel car. He ran his licencing passes in the first rounds, recording 5.57/175.99, 5.47/185.77 and an early shut off 6.31/144 after tyre shake. These times were enough to put him into the final round against Gordon Smith in the Shockwave Funny Car, who ran 8.89/102.09, 5,78/190.94 and 10.05/85.72. Andy Carter ran 6.35/175.99, 6.19/230.04 and 5.47/197.97. Micke Kagered recorded a best of 12.32/79.70, the car failing to stick to the track on the launches. Oyvor Jacobsen ran her licensing passes also, recording a best of 7.30/110 after tyre shake. Bill Sherratt was in the seat of the Showtime Funny Car, his first pass quickly produced a blower belt throwing boom, which forced him to sit out the second round. In round three a similar situation occured with the burst panel blowing off the front of the body. In the final the Shockwave car went up in smoke on the hit, while Smax took the win with a terminal speed of 283.36 with no E.T. being recorded after an erroneous 4.55s came up on the finish line display. Dave Wilson qualified at number one in Top Methanol with a 5.665/253.63, followed by Rob Turner at 5.688/247.32. Third was Steph Milam at 6.673/213.45 and Doug Ripley finally at 11.113/115.58. Wilson and Turner made the final, both running 5.63 in the semis. Wilson hit tyre shake but drove through it, but Turner took the win with a 5.65/238.22 to a 5.70/245/31. In Super Pro ET qualifying Pat Talbot ran new PBs in the first two rounds, culminating in a 7.13/185.84, but it was Mark Flavell who made the number one spot with a 7.918/173.78, 0.008s followed by Ian Bishop with a 7.941/169. Bishop made it to the final where he faced Danny Cockerill, taking the win with a 7.940/155.07 to a 7.971/168.56. In Custom Car Street Eliminator John Sleath hit the wall twice at half track in his Audi. He was declared ok after check ups. Steve Pateman took his Chevy powered Calibra to number one qualifier spot with an 8.600/171.86, a new class speed record. Jon Webster made number two with an 8.734/166.73. Pateman made it to the final where he defeated Sue Jackson with an 8.653/168.81 to an 8.723/155.06. In the bike ranks Bob Brooks recorded a new PB of 7.83 in Comp Bike and Dave Beck had a very good weekend in Pro Stock. He qualified at number one with a 7.295/183.08, a new ACU ET record, and a new speed record. He went on to win the final round against Richard Gipp with a 7.434/174.07 to an 8.189/160.41. Eric Teboul put in two passes on his rocket bike. The first was a 6.39/181.85, the second a 6.17/181.05, which produced a 3.889/203 at the eighth, the quickest and fastest ever recorded for a bike.
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