After rain forced the postponement from the event originally scheduled for March, the 2017 Honeywell Garrett Sydney Jamboree, presented by Tuners Edge and Link ECU, exceeded expectations with close racing, records falling and wild rides.
Qualifying was moved backwards to the Friday night which worked to everyone’s advantage as the next day, when the sun rose, the weather was looking the goods and the drivers were more than ready to get cracking! The Shannons Show ‘N’ Shine competitors cruised in early with Sydney’s finest on display. The Link ECU Drift Exhibition once again filled the pit area with plumes of smoke as Australia’s top drifters set their limiters to the maximum in what was an epic demonstration of bumper tearing, wall scraping driving skill. It was of course drag racing that everyone came to see though, and nobody went home disappointed after an epic day of racing.
It was action aplenty with a heap of six-second passes being laid down in the Precision Turbo Factory Extreme and Honeywell Garrett Pro Mod classes. Scott Porter took his win with a 6.39 @ 234mph and Paul Mouhayet laid down a solid 6.11 @ 215mph in his Mustang. Mouhayet was using the 2017 Sydney Jamboree to make his return to racing after crashing his world record holding Mustang, at Sydney Dragway 12 months prior.
It was a different type of action in the Platinum Automotive Smash Repairs Pro Turbo class though. As the Christmas tree flashed in the final, Nikki Hepburn mashed the pedal and got the advantage, but it all went sour as the Toyota ‘86 made a hard turn left shooting Hepburn across the track and colliding hard with the wall in front of Dom Rigoli. The car then ping-ponged back across the track and made a second impact with the wall. Nikki walked away from the wreck unscathed and though the car did not look the beautiful piece of machinery it once was, it held up well with all safety features doing their job. Rigoli was crowned winner despite no elapsed times recorded by the race cars.
Breakages in all fields saw a lot of the heavy-hitters making early exits in the rounds and leaving the finals open to a new group of names, with solid efforts being made through all the classes.
If you love this type of racing then be prepared for an epic battle at Willowbank Raceway on August 26, when Australia takes on Puerto Rico! Jamboree Co-owner Collin Willshire, travelled to Orlando earlier this year to finalise the deal. “It’s something we’ve been planning for some months now and we are extremely excited to be able to bring four of the fastest Puerto Rican Sport Compact cars to the 2017 Brisbane Jamboree for the fans to see,” said Willshire. I think we all know it is a must see event.