WE’RE used to seeing plenty of carnage on the Summernats burnout pad, but this year’s Burnout Championship was insane, with a record number of entrants either rubbing up against the concrete or spewing fire in a bid for glory. Hundreds of tyres were sacrificed in front of the capacity crowd, but in the end Darren Bromage and his Holden tonner stood victorious above a field that featured some of the best in the business.
“I wasn’t going to come this year but my mates talked me into it,” Darren says. “We put a new auto into it two days before Summernats. It’s only just starting to sink in that I’ve won. We were hoping to score a place in the bottom half of the Top 10, but I made sure I used as much of the pad as I could, and drove it like I stole it.”
The Summernats 29 victory is his best result to date, but although he won in a Holden, Darren reckons he’s actually a Ford fan at heart, and is looking to turn his 1957 Customline into a burnout machine.
Second place went to Matt Cowan in the blown big block-powered ONIT Torana that he shares with Mark Siracusa. They both qualified for the finals and punished the pad at either end of the 50-car finals field. Both gave it their all and it would have been hard to pick a winner between them, but in the end Matt scored the better result.
Third position on the podium went to Dom Luci and his HZ Kingswood. Dom stepped things up a little with a pair of twin 750 carbs and an Edelbrock tunnel-ram atop the 406ci LS2, and with the engine spinning to 8000rpm he managed to stay out of trouble and finish towards the pointy end of the field.
All three will join the Burnout Masters line-up next year for Summernats 30. It’s going to be massive!