SMOKIN? HOT: Rockhampton?s Nathan Peirano.
SMOKIN? HOT: Rockhampton?s Nathan Peirano.

Peirano team ends raceway drought



ROCKHAMPTON drag racer Nathan Peirano is fast reacting to posting winning drives.

Peirano wasted no time getting the Rockhampton-based Lexus Piranha Hot Rod first across the finish line at Willowbank Raceway on the weekend.

Fresh from a supercharged outlaws invitational victory at Benaraby a fortnight earlier, Peirano produced precision reaction times to outrace more powerful dragsters in the handicap racing.

Team member Peter Peirano, Nathan's father, who is referred to as the "chequebook'', was rapt with the latest win.

"It's been a long time between drinks,'' Peter Peirano said.

Peirano quickly recalls the two years and four months drought at the Willowbank track.

"In this game everything is sudden death,'' he said.

"It's not all about speed.''

However, this latest win has the team primed for more success when it contests round five of the Australian Drag Racing Series at the Palmyra Dragway, Mackay, on April 21 and 22.

The Lexus was the slowest qualifier of the 17 cars, but quickly overcame a field where most competitors were in ex- cess of double the size of the little four litre power plant.

Nathan Peirano opened with a win over Greg Iles before accounting for Toowoomba's Tom Coonan in round two.

In the semi-final Peirano's reaction time was too quick for the experienced Jon Sting.

Multiple track champion Russell Schafer was Peirano's last hurdle and the big Willowbank crowd was on the side of the Rockhampton underdog.

Peirano produced a reaction time of 0.417 on the green light against Schaffer's 0.597.

The Lexus returns to Willowbank for the Winternationals from June 9-11.



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