John Cannuli (Luke Nieuwhof photo)

Top Alcohol

Top Alcohol’s final was all drama with John Cannuli taking the win but all eyes on the opposite lane as Wayne Newby got loose and crossed lanes, crashing into the opposite safety barrier at the finish line. Newby emerged unharmed after the incident.

For Cannuli it was his third win in Top Alcohol and his first this season in the Wash It Chevy Monte Carlo.

“We haven’t raced this car since November so I’m getting my head back around it and the more laps I was driving the better I was getting,” he said.
“It was tricky at the start; we underestimated the track at first. We realized we could throw more at it and we kept putting more power in it until we got down there with a nice 4.89 in the semi finals.”

Cannuli also took bonus points for low time and top speed of the event in Top Alcohol. Meanwhile Newby closed to within one point of Gary Phillips in the ANDRA Pro Series points, with Adam Marchant lurking just a further six points behind after making it to the semi finals.

W: John Cannuli RT 0.074 ET 4.976 MPH 222.60
RU: Wayne Newby RT 0.097 No time recorded
Low ET: 4.898 (John Cannuli)
Top Speed: 226.07mph (John Cannuli)

Chris Matheson (Luke Nieuwhof photo)

Top Bike

Top Bike champion Chris Matheson demonstrated the power of his nitro machine again with a 5.38-second win over Chris Porter.

“We struggled a little bit with the track all weekend and we took a lot of power out of it so we could hook up,” Matheson said. “Our 60 foots (launch times) weren’t where they normally are.

“ANDRA and Racing Onn Promotions did a great job getting the Pro Series 1000 all together. Hopefully we can get a few more punters in Top Bike for the next round in Sydney to make it a better show.”

Matheson has the championship all but sewn up with a massive 168.5 point lead over nearest rival Mark Drew, who did not contest the Adelaide round.

W: Chris Matheson RT 0.113 ET 5.387 MPH 195.69
RU: Chris Porter RT 0.142 ET 7.026 MPH 108.77
Low ET: 5.300 (Chris Matheson)
Top Speed: 196.67mph (Chris Matheson)