This weekend, we're at the Nitro Max! event at the Perth Motorplex. The event sees a concept familiar to many drag racers and fans, the 'Three Round Format' or 'Chicago Shootout' adapted to ANDRA Championship Racing. Under the ANDRA Championship rules, the three round format consists of a compulsory qualifier, elimination round and a finals round, where the four fastest winners are seeded into A and B finals to run off for championship points.
Due to the compact nature of the event, an entire championship round can be run on a single day, as is the case with the Nitro Max! event, consisting of rounds 4 and 5 of the ANDRA Top Fuel Championship series for 2012/2013.
Here's a shot from Friday night, which saw Phil Lamattina take the win in 4.73 seconds over local driver Damien Harris' 4.77 seconds, one of the closest and quickest passes we've seen here at the Motorplex. This shot is from the compulsory qualifier round, with another Western Australia, Alan Dobson, driving for Santo Rapisarda, with a small fire. In the other lane is round winner Phil Lamattina.