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ANDRA : Porter takes first win in Perth


Anything but a repeat was the third round of the ANDRA Top Fuel Motorcycle Championship, with Chris Porter breaking through for a victory.

Porter’s run of recent mechanical woes may have made for spectacular photographs and television footage, but it has been a testing time for him mentally, never knowing if there will be a nitro explosion when he twists the throttle.

The problem was traced back to the cylinder heads the team was using.

“You try laying over it when you know the last time it exploded,” Porter said. “And it does it again and again. I was hesitant on the throttle waiting for it to bang.

Chris Porter

“At the last meeting we did two good passes and then it let go again, and it crushed me. It destroyed our whole budget for the year basically.

“But it’s back to what it used to be now, I can get on it and know it will go straight and be under power.”

Porter qualified second with a 7.587, but stepped up big time in eliminations when he carded a 6.765 pass to defeat Les Holden and earn his finals spot.

The surprise of the night was Saturday winner Mark Drew not reaching the A Final after he crossed the centre line during his elimination round pass. Drew was at least able to salvage a B Final win and keep his championship hunt alive.

Top Fuel Motorcycle’s next championship round will be at Sydney Dragway’s Nitro Champs on May 2-3.

The ANDRA Drag Racing Series featuring Top Alcohol, Top Doorslammer, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle takes centre stage at Adelaide International Raceway for the VPW Pro Series 1000 on March 14-15.

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