As the Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars event comes to a close, the Thornlie Automotives team raced hard and well. It is the first time that all three Thornlie Automotives cars have been in the winners circle. Ashleigh in her Torana took the Win in Super Street defeating Kirstie in her Monaro. This is also the first time Kirstie and Ashleigh have raced each other in a final before. And Nicholas in his Altered took the Win in Modified. Also a thanks to our new sponsor Mothers Car Cleaners.
A large Super Street field came down to Roger Moorhouse’s Holden Torana and Lee Watson in the ‘Beat the Heat’ Pontiac GTO. For Moorhouse getting to the final round was especially unexpected as he hadn’t raced his Torana in four years, instead concentrating on a Supercharged Outlaws car.
“We originally decided to to take the year off, but after only one meeting sitting on the sidelines I decided to run in the prestigious Goldenstates event,” he said.
“We didn’t have any real expectations going into the event. We always had faith in the old girl, the driver not so much. But both did alright on the day.
“After winning against last year’s Super Street track champion in the first round and then facing last year’s Australian Super Sedan champion in the second we thought maybe we had a chance.
“We did well in the next two rounds with very close races and thought we had a real chance in the final.”
Only one final round was completed, where WA’s Nick Panagopoulos took the victory over South Australia’s John Kapiris in Super Sedan.
“For us it was a pretty good day, even if it was in pretty tough conditions with the weather changing on us as much as it did throughout the day,” said Panagopoulos
“We were pretty happy to get through to the final. We were not expecting to run as quick as we did, but I think the wind swung around and pushed us a bit.
“We are ecstatic to get our first ANDRA (Australian National Drag Racing Association) trophy and to win the event this year, after being the runners-up last year.”