Matheson Set to Run Santo’s Super Thunder Down Under
Australia’s quickest man on two wheels has been quietly working behind the scenes with his Team to perfect his Nitro Voodoo Top Fuel Motorcycle.
Matheson said “we have had a couple of wins in the Thunder 400 Series Championship points chase and are leading the points, however, our real focus is ET. We have been experimenting with a number of combinations over the last couple of seasons, none of them really working that well, so we plan to go back to what we know is proven and step up from there.”
The Santo’s Super Thunder event on 14 April is one of my favorite events. The event is held on the Easter Weekend at my home track at Willowbank Raceway, 30 minutes from Brisbane.
It is a short format, one qualifying pass, then you race, two more runs, then a final. The crowds love the format and it makes the racers step it up to get a chance at the win.
We have run some good numbers in the past at Willowbank 6.04 at 241mph and it has been the scene of a number of Championship wins for our Team. Our best ET result in the last 12 months has been a 6.14 sec, a tenth off our current National record. It is frustrating at times, but you know your next run could be a record pass and that’s what keeps the Team motivated to push through the countless hours of work away from the track.
We have improved the bike out of sight in the last few years, however, its real potential hasn’t been unlocked as yet, but it will.
Matheson said “Traditionally in April, the track and the conditions are good, we usually have plenty of rubber on the track and the air is ideal. We expect a strong field, as we see racers starting to focus on the season finale in June, two rounds away. This year sees the 50th running of the Winternationals at Willowbank, which will be a huge event”.
Matheson thanked his Sponsors & Supporters: GT Radiators & Machining, Kitten Car Care Products, CRC, Rocket Industries, Performance Wholesale, WebCam, PDS Graphics, Worldwide Bearings, Hi-Side Leathers, Boninfante Friction Inc., Ballistic Racing, Aeroflow, with special thanks to Steve and Larry McBride.