NZ Performance Car - - Inside Line -

Paul Dow­dall has been get­ting some se­ri­ous seat time this sea­son in the NZ Per­for­mance RX-8, and it’s clearly pay­ing off. At the re­cent IHRA/NZDRA Master­ton comp meet he re­set the Na­tional Sport Mod record and the Na­tional in­dex, and walked away with a new PB. “The track was freak­ing awe­some, it only got stick­ier and stick­ier through the week­end, and we just kept putting more and more power into it [RX-8] and it still bogged off the line,” Paul told NZPC. While the trap speed is there, it’s in that first 60 feet that the RX-8 has been strug­gling, so this is the area the team has fo­cussed on im­prov­ing this sea­son. The last pass on Satur­day saw the car go 8.09 at 268kph (167mph), be­fore back­ing it up Sun­day with a 8.25 at 268kph (167mph) and 8.28 at 273kph (170mph) to fin­ish the day with a round win in Su­per Street.

Paul tells us that the 60-foot times are still not where he wants them to be, which is around 1.25, and on the 8.09 PB run the car 60-footed at 1.31, so there is still plenty of room to move, and he hopes even­tu­ally to push the car into the NZPC seven-sec­ond club.

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