AS WE go to press, the Street Machine Drag Challenge 2015 has been run and done, with Victoria’s Quentin Feast and his twin-turbo LH Torana taking the overall win, as well as the top trophy in the Radial Blown class. But he didn’t have an easy time of it; the Commodores of Terry Seng and Adam Rogash were right there in the mix and after five days the winning margin between Quentin and Terry was just 0.031sec, with Adam just 0.417sec further back.
It was a surprise victory for Quentin, who destroyed a transmission on day one at Calder Park while Terry began with a 7.86@166mph.
“When we had that trans problem on day one and then Terry ran a seven, we thought: ‘No one is catching him,’” Quentin says. “But we never thought about giving up. I don’t think it’s sunk in that we’ve won again; we’re exhausted.”
Quentin wasn’t alone with transmission problems though; Terry also replaced a trans on day three after a gruelling 300km+ drive from Horsham to Mildura in 30-degree heat.
“Day three at Mildura was the one that hurt us the most,” Terry admits. “We were fastest at Calder and Portland, but having to change the transmission the minute we rolled into the track cost us time, and so the track temp was already too hot once we got out there.”
In the class battles there were some interesting match-ups, with Adam Rogash and his VT Clubsport taking the win in Outlaw Blown ahead of Harry Haig’s recently painted HQ sedan.
Outlaw Aspirated saw Queenslander Mark Clifford dominating with his 598ci Mustang, with Adam Lynch and his green tonner finishing runner-up. In Radial Aspirated it was the battle of the Capris, with Alon Vella proving too strong for Tristan Triccas, while the DYO class saw Alysha Teale run so consistently across the five tracks that her five times were separated by just 0.012sec, with John Kerr finishing second with a spread of just 0.064sec.
After five days, five tracks and over 1500km of gruelling punishment across western Victoria, almost all the entrants had smiles from ear to ear. The general consensus was that it was the toughest thing they’ve ever done, but they’re already lining up for next year. We’ll let you know the details later. For now, check out a ton of video from the event at streetmachine.com.au.