The Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Car show delighted thousands of fans at Fuchs South Coast Raceway and it was young New South Wales racer Daniel Schultz aboard Supa Charger who got the victories when it counted to take home top honours ahead of series superstar Shane Olive driving LA Hooker.
The warm temperatures threw a curve ball for both the drivers and the crews but the teams not only put down some quick and fast passes but also demonstrated some amazing side-by-side racing.
The eventual event winner was decided on the very last race of the day, with the winner of the Gauci versus Olive match-up needing to have to recorded a better than 4.40-pass as well as the win to surpass Schultz.
Despite the tyre-smoking side-by-side ‘photo finish’ effort from both cars, Olive missed taking the top spot by a few hundredths of a second.
Daniel Schultz explained, “We are just excited and happy to be honest.”
“I said I’d be home in time for breakfast Sunday after the event, I have a present for them when we get there – a winner’s trophy that’s bigger than I am!”
Still buzzing after his race against Gauci, Olive added “What a race that last one was. Neither of us had any idea who had actually won, it was that close.”
The times were a 4.42 versus 4.43-seconds – it was that close!
Queenslander Peter Leahy had a near flawless debut in the Superbad Nova, which saw him line up in the final round against brother Greg to take his position on the podium.
“What a awesome day!” exclaimed Peter.
“A huge thanks to my guys, it was our first event with the Superbad Nova and to come home with third place is totally bitchin’ - and we beat my brother in the last race of the day!” laughed Leahy.
Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Car Series Manager, Steve Bettes, concluded, “I didn't think the racing could get much better than what we saw in Sydney.
“I’m happy to say, I was wrong, once the guys got a handle on the tune-up, it was side by side passes and tyre-smoking madness.
“To see the guys like the Russler, Supa Charger and Leahys put together this combination and then racing it so well makes me proud. I can’t wait for Mildura in April.”