2019/2020/2021 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series
Mildura’s Sunset Strip
March 12-14, 2021
Edge Mallis walked away from the weekend’s ANDRA Grand Finals not only an event runner-up finisher, but also setting a new national record at Mildura’s Sunset Strip.
ANDRA Competition Bike 1/8 MPH Record to 144.80
Edge Mallis was the event runner-up for the Competition Bike class at the weekend and also reset the CC/CB 1/8 MPH national record to 144.80mph.
“This bike is only two meetings old, and we weren’t running our normal class at this event. We were at Portland in January and top qualified .759 under the index so we really smashed it then, but we weren’t able to back it up at the time – we were wheel spinning the whole weekend and could not control it, so we had to keep taking power out of it and eventually I made a mistake with the clutch setup, I won’t do that again!” explained Mallis, who has been racing for 41 years.
“We came to Mildura hoping it would have more traction and it didn’t let us down. On the last run Friday at midnight, we threw the kitchen sink at it and we got all the shifts right for a perfect run. We decided to throw a little more clutch and horsepower at it. Over the Sunday, we actually ran way quicker than the 144 in round two, but it was more than the one percent to back it up – we actually ran 147 in round three and on the last pass where I red lit before the tree was set, according to our data we ran around the 151mph mark.
“The bike and I are around 60kg overweight for the CC/CB class as well – I don’t believe in backing off ever to save records or whatever, so we decided to nominate in a harder class, and we were absolutely wrapped to get the record.
“Sunday was actually five years to the day since I had my accident at Calder and shattered my pelvis – I bought this bike from a wrecker while in my hospital bed recovering from that crash, as I had decided I was going to build a wheelie bike after all of that!
“We have certainly underestimated what this bike had in it and we still have way, way more in it I think. I believe it is capable of mid-sevens (over the quarter-mile) easily and the current world record for this bike is a 7.90, so we will be chasing that for sure.
“I have to say thank you to Blaze Hansen who was tuning it remotely from Queensland for us and is actually the person who built the chassis for me and along with racer Mick Donahue, also helped me out with information while I put the engine together.
“I also want to thank my son Jeram who has been doing all the tech duties and crew chief duties, Simon Allinson who crewed for me at Mildura, my partner Letishia for her support and continuous encouragement, and also Joe Khoury. Joe and I met back in 2013 and ever since then we have been helping each other out and we have been stablemates. When he said he wanted to come down from Sydney to do an ANDRA round I was keen to encourage him to come to Mildura and then I asked if he would enter in Competition Bike so we could have a field and he not only came down but also won the event and top qualified – not bad for someone who had never run the bracket before!
“I am currently ready to talk to any potential sponsor now that the bike has put some scores on the board and there is plenty more to come. In the meantime, I do have to thank two valued supporters who have been with me long-term: Redarc for the solar panels and Trailer Pro braking kit and CIM Wellness Centre for keeping my health and weight in check.”
See full event results, click here.
For a full listing of the 660ft records following the weekend, please click here
The Australian National Drag Racing Association Ltd, or ANDRA for short, is the drag racing sanctioning body of Australia. The organization was created in 1973 from a more drag racing oriented faction of the Australian Hot Rod Federation. Today ANDRA sanctions races throughout Australia and throughout the year at all levels, from Top Fuel to Junior Dragster, on everything from temporary regional tracks to international standard facilities in capital cities. ANDRA and its members make drag racing a family-friendly, safe sport. So come along as a spectator or bring your street car to an “off-street” event and enjoy the excitement that is Australian drag racing. www.andra.com.au