FUEL HUNGRY JET CAR TO LIGHT UP GRAFTON SPEEDWAY
BY DENNIS NEWLYN Forget fuel economy in the jet car that will appear at Hession’s Auto Parts Grafton Speedway this Saturday night (February 10). If ever a fuel run was done on this ground pounding machine, the returning figures would be startling. Try 200 litres of Jet-A1 fuel consumed in approximately five minutes. Watching out for the low fuel price cycle takes on a whole new meaning for jet car owner David Nicotra. “It certainly burns up the fuel at a rapid rate,” David, 45, from Sydney remarked in what rates the under-statement of the century! An appearance by the Jet Car will be one of the highlights of this coming weekend’s fixture which will also see the running of the New South Wales Championship for the National Four Cylinder Sedan division. The Production Sedan Grand Prix also will be featured with a big entry list expected. The V8 Dirt Modified Stampede main event and also another round of the Driver to America Wingless Sprintcar series will be held. It promises to be one of the strongest entry lists of the season with these major events attracting plenty of interest from competitors. “It looks like we are heading toward one of our biggest car counts in recent seasons at Grafton and the NSW Championship promises to be a keenly contested event,” promoter David Lander said. But the appearance of the jet car holds special interest. It is something different again! When the jet engine roars into life, there’ll be plenty of flames, smoke, a car melting demonstration and ground shaking action. “It actually shakes the ground when full on, it creates smoke clouds and stirs up wind gusts,” Nicotra said. Plenty of attention focuses on the NSW title for the National Four Cylinder Sedans. Luke Watt has dominated main events with a succession of wins at both the Grafton and Lismore circuits in recent months driving his Toyota Corolla. He is in top form at present and will certainly enter the event a strong favourite to take title honours. Another driver who comes into contention is Trent Dhu who also has turned in several impressive podium performances behind the wheel of a super-fast Ford Telstar. Gates open at 3PM and first race is at 6 this Saturday night (February 10) at Hession’s Auto Parts Grafton Speedway.