NEW ZEALAND’S FIRST FOUR

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Drag-rac­ing fans have been wait­ing two years for New Zealand’s first-ever four-sec­ond pass, and on Satur­day Jan­uary 10 Marsh Mo­tor­sport de­liv­ered, with a 4.98 at 463kph (233mph) run on the fi­nal pass at the Rock FM Nitro Shootout. The road to a four-sec­ond pass on New Zealand soil be­gan two years ago when Reece Fish pur­chased a com­plete top-fuel rail out of Australia, and it wasn’t long be­fore Marsh Mo­tor­sport traded in its nat­u­rally-as­pi­rated A-fu­eller for an­other top fu­eller from Australia to join in the fun. This is the sec­ond year run­ning for the Nitro shootout, which fea­tures plenty of nitro-fu­elled drag cars in sup­port, but there is no doubt the stars of the show are the earth-shak­ing top-fuel drag­sters, which made three side-by-side passes.

An­tic­i­pa­tion for the first four was high lead­ing up to the event, as last sea­son Marsh ran a best of 5.08 and Fish a 5.22. The track tem­per­a­ture was a lit­tle high, which meant a chal­leng­ing time for teams seek­ing the per­fect tune-up, but the third and fi­nal run saw the magic hap­pen with a 4.98 by Marsh, while Fish logged a new PB of 5.04, and much slower trap speed of 392kph (243mph), due to a blown en­gine.

An­other high­light of the event came from Dave Gauld, who broke the long-stand­ing NZ Fuel Al­tered record set by the leg­endary Peter Lodge in 1977. Gauld man­aged to run a 7.56 at 288mph (463.4kph).

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