World-class racer on Willowbank Raceway mission
MOTORSPORT: The world's quickest driver on a 10.5 tyre will contest this weekend's Brisbane Jamboree in his 2017/2018 400 Thunder Pro Slammer Championship winning '68 Ford Mustang.
Sydney racer Paul Mouhayet, who is also Australia's quickest and fastest man in a 'doored' car, will compete in the Moits Racing 'Slammer in the IHRA Pro Mod category event on Saturday and Sunday at Willowbank Raceway.
"I am a big fan of the Jamboree concept and of the Pro Mod category in particular and I wanted to support it,'' Mouhayet said.
"Last year I wasn't in a position to enter unfortunately but this year I could so I was sure to sign up.
"I do have pretty high expectations for how the car will perform at the event.
"We do have a new engine combination in it though so while we will be racing we will also be feeling that out a bit.
"The car has run a 5.65 second pass at Willowbank Raceway so to go that fast again would be great.''
Mouhayet said the IHRA Pro Mod field was looking pretty strong this year.
"There will be a combination of turbo and blown cars there so that will be really fun for the crowd,'' he said.
"Willowbank Raceway is probably one of the fastest tracks that we have raced on and I certainly do enjoy racing there. I have enjoyed running at the Brisbane Jamboree before too in a turbo car, so I am looking forward to seeing what we can do next weekend."
World sport compact number one Gary White and fellow US superstar racer Gabriel Rodriguez unveiled their Titan Motorsports machines in front of enthralled fans at the Slacks Creek store on Monday night before mingling with fans.
"What a great way to kick off this week,'' White said.
"The fans have been fantastic and it was really great to see everyone checking out all of the cars on display and asking lots of questions about what is coming up.''
"Everyone at Titan Motorsports is really looking forward to the weekend and tonight has just added to that anticipation,'' he said.
"We can't wait to see what we can do and hopefully we can pull together some amazing numbers and some great results for all our fans at Willowbank Raceway.''
Meanwhile, Darra racer Ben Graham is looking forward to "showing off'' for the fans at the Brisbane Jamboree presented by Link ECU and Tuners Edge.
The 33-year-old plumber will race his 2004 Mazda RX8 in the Pro Compact class.
"That is what we all do it for, us drivers and car owners. We are just big show-offs at the end of the day,'' Graham said.
"That is what we do it for, the spectators.
"We love racing, but we are all show offs.''
With plenty of updates made to his RX8 recently, Graham will also be hoping to run some impressive ETs at the event.
"We want to be competitive with the elite guys so we have stepped everything up, bigger turbos, plenty of spares and so on,'' he said.
"Everyone's goal is to win, but it doesn't always work out that way.
"The event has gone from strength to strength every year, especially with all of the international people coming over it 'gees' you up to put a bit more effort in."
The Brisbane Jamboree is Australia's premier sport compact drag racing and car culture event.
The popular weekend features intense racing and plenty to see off the track including a Shannons Show-N-Shine, Sound Off, Dyno and Drift Exhibitions and kids' rides.