|McClure motors ahead|
|Written by Luke Nieuwhof|
|Wednesday, 27 May 2009|
At the end of his second season in the fast Supercharged Outlaws category, Alistair McClure is content with how his drag racing game plan is progressing but already has a desire for some more power in his Funny Car.
McClure said on reflection it was a satisfying season for the team.
“Our primary goal was to make all nine rounds of the season without any mechanical damage,” he said.
“I also wanted to achieve some real consistency with the car and thanks to the hard work of my crew and the addition of a data logger we ticked all the boxes.”
Finishing fifth in the points, the former Super Sedan state champion has been working on his driving to try and get the Funny Car into a competitive position.
“I have been trying some new (start line) staging ideas to try and improve my reaction times and I believe I am close to getting an act, with a runner up and at the final meet,” he said.
The Funny Car configuration is well known in drag racing and generally features an engine in roughly the middle of the chassis, with the driver sitting behind it, just over the rear axle. The bodies are based on production cars and made out of fibreglass or carbon fibre, with the short wheelbase making them more difficult to drive than traditional 'rail' style dragsters.
While his machine already runs the quarter mile drag strip at Perth Motorplex in 7.4sec., reaching 290kmh, McClure is looking to add some more horsepower to the combination.
“I have purchased a Whipple supercharger and plan to conservatively add some power to the car and creep towards 6sec. times,” he said.
“My long term dream is the BB/FCA class national record and to compete in Top Comp.”
McClure has also been watching his sons Connor and Bailey compete in the Junior Dragster category, an added thrill during the season.
“It's been a real blast watching my boys racing, the whole Junior Dragster scene is awesome,” he said.
“The sportsmanship and comradary amongst these kids is unreal and I believe the sport will do well with these little legends coming through.”
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