Goldenstates Glory For Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series Racers In Perth
In hot and humid conditions, Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series racers have delivered well for the fans at the Perth Motorplex for the 49th annual Goldenstates.
When all was said and done, it was Simon Garbutt in Modified Bike and Daniel Natalotto in Competition Bike, who took out the prestigious silver ANDRA Christmas Tree trophies.
In Modified Bike, Simon Garbutt took another Goldenstates win for his collection with victory over Luke Seaton in the final.
To ensure his place in the final battle, Garbutt had earlier defeated Shaun McGarry (round one), Hamish Cunningham, David Partington and Christopher Fryer, while Seaton had taken on Chris Morgan (round one), Iain Reed and Graham Jennings before a semi-final bye.
In Competition Bike, Decoglaze Glass Splashbacks Top Qualifer Daniel Natalotto made it a perfect weekend by claiming the ANDRA Christmas Tree. The bracket employs a three-round Chicago Shootout format, and Natalotto found himself in the final following three successful match-ups (solo, Morry Cantarella and Wayne Gummow).
Runner-up Chris Allen also had three wins (David Edge, solo, Morry Cantarella) and also set a new national record along the way, rewriting the BB/CB mph record to 190.44mph.
NDRA thanks the Perth Motorplex management and all of its volunteers and sponsors for an outstanding racetrack and a well-run event.
The next round of the Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series will be held at Portland’s South Coast Raceway next weekend across December 2 and 3. For event info, go to www.southcoastraceway.com.au
Day one of the 49th Goldenstates has seen Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series competitors entertain on-track alongside NDRC Nitro Funny Cars, Top Doorslammers, Top Fuel Motorcycles and Pro Alcohol competitors at the Perth Motorplex this evening in hot and humid conditions.
By the close of on-track running tonight, qualifying had been completed for Competition Bike, Super Stock and Competition, with Daniel Natalotto, Steve Norman and Michael Buckley respectively proclaimed the Decoglaze Glass Splashbacks Top Qualifiers for these brackets.
Qualifying will continue tomorrow for the remaining eight Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series brackets, but at the close of today’s action it was Lucas Green (Summit Racing Equipment Junior Dragster), Lee Watson (Super Street), Connor Wood (Modified Bike), Mick Wormall (Super Sedan), Michelle Morrison (Modified), Alby Bakranich (Top Sportsman) and Greg James (Supercharged Outlaws) who were topping the time sheets and the chase for their Decoglaze Glass Splashbacks Top Qualifier medallions in their respective classes heading into day two.
In Competition Bike, Daniel Natalotto was stoked to take the Decoglaze Glass Splashbacks Top Qualifier honours.
“I have ridden down to the track on a street bike on pump fuel for a group two class and top qualified, so I am pretty chuffed!” Natalotto grinned.
“I am defending last season’s WA title, and I am going up against the biggest guys out there, I mean, what do I say!
“It was very muggy today and everyone was struggling out there, we were all in the same boat, we just managed to get a bit more out of the bike than the others I guess.
“I am stoked, I wasn’t expecting it, but here we are. It is going to be really hot tomorrow, hopefully we can go out there and have some fun!”
Michael Buckley was another who was pleasantly surprised with his top qualifying result in the Competition bracket.
“That is a little bit unexpected, but we will take it,” Buckley said.
“Obviously the humidity is knocking the car around a bit, I have never actually run in conditions like this before and it affects the power of the car somewhat, just judging by the last run where it bogged down on the startline and we hadn’t changed anything.
“We will put a bit more thought into the whole process for tomorrow, make some changes, and hopefully we can make it through the first round and take it from there.”
For the group one categories, Benny Stevens in Top Fuel Motorcycle claimed the top qualifying spot/ For a full report on these brackets, head to ndrc.tv
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