ANDRA Summit Sportsman Series

Al McClure

ANDRA Summit Sportsman Series

The second round of the Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series saw Western Australia's best drag racers taking on more than a few interstate rivals for ANDRA Gold Christmas trees and valuable national points, with the action coming thick and fast. 

Competition Eliminator's national champion, Al McClure, proved unbeatable again in his BB/FCA, taking a win over friend and rival Kyle Putland. McClure's 6.404 on a 6.65 index was close to the national record and was able to run away from Putland, whose AA/A had clutch issues that saw him out of the throttle early. 

“He's a good boy, but I deserve the gold trophy,” laughed McClure.

Despite the victory, McClure said it came the hard way, thanking his wife Natalie for putting up with his antics under stress.

“I have been a real b*tch this weekend, the car hasn't been going good and I've been taking it out on her,” he said.

“We had transmission changes overnight and big problems after round one but the crew were able to dig in and get it done.”

Putland was left disappointed, but acknowledged he was facing one of Australia's best in the final.

“Not a lot really went our way,” he said. “There is not tougher person to race than Al, I still haven'; managed to beat him yet, but that is why he is number one in Australia.”

Top Sportsman was on the agenda for the first time in Western Australia with a tight field of racers ensuring the large crowd was treated to some spectacular competition.

Lorenzo Gullotto

Lorenzo Gullotto's Holden Camira put a holeshot on Goran Kojic and then backed it up with a 7.988 on a 7.94 dial in against Kojic's 8.554 on an 8.49.

Gullotto said he and the team enjoyed the fresh new category, with the top qualifying medallion and Summit Racing Equipment pack also going his way.

“The class is pretty cool and being able to do burnouts past the start line is the thing that tops it off,” he said. “We will see if we can keep going with it and see how we go.”

The Gullotto family are big supporters of drag racing in Western Australia and Lorenzo said it was a family effort to get the car to the win.

“My brother Sam had the dial ins bang on all night,” he said.