PremiAir Hire Racing and the rest of the Burson Auto Parts Australian Top Fuel Championship field will venture into unchartered waters this weekend for the first-ever ATFC event at Mildura’s Sunset Strip.
The Burson Auto Parts ATFC will be competing in Mildura as part of the Sunraysia Drag Racing Association’s Ken Scroop Memorial event across March 12 and 13.
Not only will it be the first visit for the ATFC to Mildura, but it will also be the first time in 30 years that Top Fuel has raced for championship points at a venue outside of an Australian capital city, and the first time since 2014 the category will race over the eighth-mile distance.
It will also be the very first-time PremiAir Hire Racing driver and team principal, Peter Xiberras, has raced on the eighth mile in a Top Fuel dragster.
“We are really looking forward to this new challenge at Mildura’s Sunset Strip,” PremiAir Hire Racing Crew Chief, Tim Adams, said.
“Just because it is half the normal race distance, doesn’t mean the crew will have half the maintenance between rounds – but it does mean the car can be run harder.
“Phil Lamattina holds the Top Fuel track record at the Sunset Strip, with a 3.29-second pass at 263 miles per hour, which he set in 2014.
“We are currently 25 points behind Phil Read in the ATFC standings, so of course challenging for an event victory and as many championship points as possible is a high priority, but in the process, we would really like to reset that record so we will be doing all we can to achieve that
“It sure has been a busy time for PremiAir Hire Racing of late with the team’s debut into Supercars and the first event in Sydney at the weekend. Hopefully, we can keep the good times rolling with some positive results and maybe even a win at Mildura this weekend!”
The action at the Ken Scroop Memorial will get underway from 3.00pm on Saturday the 12th of March and 2.00pm on Sunday the 13th of March. Two rounds of qualifying will be held for Top Fuel on Saturday at 7.00pm and 9.00pm before Sunday hosts Top Fuel racing at 4.00pm, 6.30pm and 9.00pm ahead of a spectacular fireworks show (all times local and approximate).