PERTH Motorplex played host to one of its largest ever crowds on Saturday night for the Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars.
With 12 nitro burners com- peting for the win across three rounds, the 10,000-strong audience was treated to epic racing, with Sydney’s Rick Gauci taking the win in the Nitro Express Chev.
The action came thick and fast in round 1, with the highlight being a scintillating 5.54 seconds from Gauci – the quickest pass in the history of Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars.
Gauci backed it up in round two with a 5.55 and set himself up for a final round confrontation with debut driver Josh Leahy, who had steered The Bandit to a tough 5.60.
He was simply too consistent in the end and though his 5.59 was vulnerable in the final round, a red light from Leahy ensured that Nitro Express would reign supreme once more.
Gauci paid tribute to his crew chief Graeme Cowin for the performances.
“What a night; Graeme Cowin had the Chev in the zone and we just ran quick and fast all night,” he said.
“The Perth crowd turned out in droves and we put on a great show for them.”