HERO WORSHIP

I’M AIMING JUST TO GET THE WIN IN THE BAG AND ONCE WE’VE DONE THAT, WE’LL PUSH IT ON THE LAST RUN

STORY IAIN KELLY

JAKE Edwards once again blew everyone away with a dominating performance in the Dyno Dynamics Horsepower Heroes at Summernats 29. The four-time winner nearly didn’t make it after shredding a tyre the Sunday before the event, destroying the rear passenger guard and requiring a lot of panel work to fix.

“It was doing 242km/h at 1800hp when I felt it wiggle on the dyno, so I hopped out and saw the wheel sitting on the dyno roller,” Jake said.

He turned up to the Summernats dyno shed on Friday afternoon with a figure of 1025hp to beat, set down earlier that morning by Street Machine Drag Challenge winner Quentin Feast in his twin-turbo LS-powered Torry. “I’m here to make two exploratory passes just to qualify for Sunday,” Jake said at the time. “I’m aiming just to get the win in the bag and once we’ve done that, whether it’s with a big figure or not, we’ll push it on the last run.”

Turning the engine to just 6000rpm out of a possible 8700, Jake stomped out a lazy 1611hp run backed up by an untroubled 1635hp. Quentin’s fellow Drag Challenge contender Brendan Cherry was the other forced induction finalist, but low boosting issues and big slicks held the nine-second HQ GTS back to a best of 798hp.

Quentin came back on Sunday and with an extra pound of boost topped out at 1099hp. Brendan still couldn’t get his new 411-cube motor to the full 21psi and finished third with 883hp at 17psi.

Jake wanted to take it easy to grab the win before pushing his 439-cube big-block on the third and final run. The first run went 1757hp but snapped a tie-down strap, leading to a quick softer second run to 1301hp, comfortably giving him the win. The Jake’s Performance proprietor then got the operator to stand on the Torry, making 1782hp at only 39psi.

results

F O U R - C Y L I N D E R F I

S C O T T F O R R E S T E R – H O L D E N G E M I N I 7 8 4 H P

S I X - C Y L I N D E R N A

T O N Y S P A S E N O S K I – V A L I A N T C H A R G E R 3 0 5 H P

S I X - C Y L I N D E R F I

J O H N W H Y T E & P A U L A L L E N – L C T O R A N A 1 2 7 7 H P

E I G H T - C Y L I N D E R N A

B O B B Y B R O W N – H O L D E N C O M M O D O R E 6 3 2 H P

E I G H T - C Y L I N D E R F I

J A K E E D W A R D S – L H T O R A N A 17 8 2 H P

2 0 1 6 H O R S E P O W E R H E R O

J A K E E D W A R D S – L H T O R A N A 17 8 2 H P