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Times from Northern Nationals at Melbourne Raceway, Sun 12th May 2024


With perfect track conditions it seemed inevitable we could see the first 4 sec runs for wheel driven cars.

First was Mark Flavell in the MUSTANG alcohol funny car with a stunning 4.84 sec at 155mph. Andy Flavell then took over driving duties and slapped in a 4.87sec at 151mph to the delight of the whole team, just 0.03sec between father Mark and Andy.

NSCC saw the Bird brothers, new to the class, reach the semi’s James Murray beating Shane and Ian Walley Aaron for an all-Cortina final. Ian took the win with a 6.31sec 117mph to James, now with turbo power, on 8.03sec at 91mph.


With a good mix of cars semi’s saw Nik Wilson in the Dragster beat the Civic of Craig Brown and Pete Eborall, Golf take out Sam Agnew . Final and Pete on a 9sec dial in was first away Nik on a 6.8sec dial in but Nik crossed the line for win.


Dexter Wilson made the final on a bye and Jack Taylor through beating Toby Jackson. Final was neck and neck all the way to the stripe, Dexter just edging the win.


Through the eliminations there were a few breakouts along the way Jorja Cheal made it through to the final beating Arron Gregory and Alfie Barraclough beating an ever-improving Maisie Thornton. It was close all the way Alfie just taking the win in front of the cameras following his efforts through the year.


Just to prove you don’t need the fastest scooter to win the class Amy Wolstenholme who honed her skills in the Junior ranks made the final, on a scooter borrowed from Gen, forced Jeffery Taylor into a breakout and Paul Gurney got a better start to beat Eric Cope.

Amy made a perfect run with a fast-closing Paul at the finish line just beaten by Amy.


Top qualifier Maxine Taylor couldn’t make the semi’s due to a holed radiator so Ashley Hodgson made the final on a bye and Peter Slater beat Mark Patman in a hard-fought run, Peter having to be careful not to breakout now he is a consistent 5 second runner.

Peter and Ashley charged hard from the green with Peter keeping an eye on Ashley with just enough advantage to ease off at the finish so as not to breakout and took a well-judged win.


With a 16 bike field eliminations were hard fought.

First semi saw Terry Mountford push Peter Slater to a breakout. Second semi saw birthday boy Mark Patman, all the way from the Isle Of Man, force a breakout from Ashley Hodgson.

Mark cut a fractionally better green charging to the win just 2/100ths inside his dial in and Terry 8/100ths inside his. So a very popular win for Mark.


First semi and Eric Cope ran the better 60 foot against Peter McGuinness to move into the final with an 8.15sec run on an 8.10sec dial in to Peter’s 8.08sec on a 7.26sec dial in. Second semi and Kerry Phillips went through to the final after a no show from Gilbert Cook.

Final was close with just 0.01sec difference at the 60 foot Kerry taking the win just 0.03sec the right side of his dial in.

📸 Mike Burrowes

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