WINNING an event like Drag Challenge outright is a mighty tough ask, but Quentin Feast has managed it two years running in his turbo LS-powered Torana.
“We’re just happy to do the event and make it to the end, but winning is the icing on the cake,” he says. “I live for this stuff; I haven’t stopped thinking about it all year. I love driving the car, I love racing, and I love getting away with the boys and having a damn good week.”
After replacing a transmission on day After replacing a transmission on day one, Quentin and the team managed to stay out of strife most of the week, and headed into the last day of competition leading by the slimmest of margins.
“We got smashed by Terry [Seng] straight up with his 8.00, and we were chasing him all day until we just snuck out in front by 0.03sec. I worked it out and at the sort of speeds we’re doing, the margin after five days of racing was just over two metres – not even half a car!”
You don’t score back-to-back wins at Drag Challenge by fluke, so we asked Quentin what the secret is. “Setting the car up for the track each day is the hardest part; these big-power radial cars aren’t leaving on full power by any means – the tyres simply won’t take it,” he says.
won’t take it,” he says.
“It’s all about getting to know the track and your suspension and figuring out how soon and how hard you can ramp the power up.”
Class: 247 Fittings Radial Blown
Engine: 403ci LS Turbo: Twin Garrett GT3582R Transmission: Powerglide Converter: 2500rpm Diff: 3.25:1 Power: 1300hp Previous PB: 8.28@167mph Best Drag Challenge Run: 8.23@169mph
Mark McCoy, Michael Trewin