American Tommy Johnson Jr earned his first win on Australia soil at Sydney Dragway, Eastern Creek on Sunday.
It was an all-Rapisarda Autosport International final with Johnson using a 4.807 run in the final to defeat teammate Damien Harris 4.933 in the Australian National Drag Racing Association championships.
It capped off a week of good news for nine-time winner Johnson, who found out last week he would be driving for Don Schumacher Racing full-time next season.
“Career-wise the last three or four years have been real rocky and then the last seven days have been pretty stellar,” he said.
Johnson said conditions challenged the Top Fuel teams.
“It was some of the more difficult conditions we’ve raced in,’’ he said.
“First a hot racetrack and then the wind which covered it in dust and dirt.
“It was figuring out who could go the furthest without getting loose.
‘‘You could run pretty good early, then we were pulling it back as much as we could.’’
In the Top Doorslammer event John Zappia won not only the final but also a tightly fought championship, earning just enough points to overcome Peter Kapiris.
Zappia’s 6.071 in the final defeated a 6.204 from Victor Bray.
Gary Phillips picked up not only a win in the final round of Top Alcohol against Steven Ham but also the quickest time of the event with a 5.497 blast defeating a 5.618.
Chris Soldatos experienced one of the more up and down weekends of any racer at Sydney Dragway, starting with going into the sand trap in qualifying but finishing with a 7.130 second Pro Stock win denying Jason Grima his first event victory.
Soldatos also earned the Greg Flaherty Memorial trophy for his win, recognising a former legend in the category.
Grima did not go home empty-handed, taking the championship in an emotional moment for the PC Group team.
Chris Porter took a Nationals double, also winning the Top Bike championship as he defeated Graeme Morell in the final, 7.187 to a 7.931.
It came after a frantic engine change following his semi-final race against Gavin Spann.
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Maurice Allen made up for a disappointing Fuchs Nitro Thunder presented by Crow Cams, taking the Nationals victory from Luke Crowley in the final.
“We broke the crank in two in Calder two weeks ago, the engine went straight in the bin,” he said.