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MILES APLENTY NO OBSTACLE FOR ‘STREET’ CHAMP TERRY SENG

Article Date: 19 March 2014

2013 Australian Pro Street Association X275 champion Terry Seng will soon depart his Toowoomba base to compete in this Saturday’s Pro Street Shootout event at Willowbank Raceway (22 March, 2014).


Making that journey a little more interesting is the fact that Seng – who won the X275 class at the same event last year after a 13 year break from regular competition - and his family will journey to Queensland’s premier drag racing facility in none other than his championship-winning twin turbo LSX-powered Holden VC Brocky Replica, complete with trailer in tow.

Seng is well-known around Pro Street circles for driving his race car – which was a finalist in the 2013 Street Machine of the Year competition - as far as Sydney before enjoying on-track success and then driving back home (that’s a round trip of more than 1,700 kilometres).

While this weekend’s road trip may be much shorter, the stakes are just as high as the owner of Paramount Performance seeks to repeat the break-through success he and his car enjoyed on debut at last year’s Willowbank Raceway Pro Street shootout.

“This event in 2013 was our very first for this car, we literally finished it the night before and then licensed and tested the car during qualifying,” said the 37 year old Seng, whose appearance at the event signalled a return to regular competition after a 13 year hiatus during which he competed only sporadically at the wheel of Paramount Performance customer cars.

“Really the whole year was like a fairytale whirlwind from that very first event right through to the our second event win at the Sydney Pro Street meeting, our runner-up result at Benaraby and the final round in Sydney where I just missed out on the finals but had the points to take the title, it was just huge.”

So why does Seng insist on driving his obviously finely-tuned race car thousands of kilometres?

“First and foremost this car is a street car – why wouldn’t I want to experience the fun of driving, to get the full enjoyment possible out of it,” said Seng, who in July 2013 shot through to a personal best time of 8.10 seconds at 169 miles per hour at Willowbank Raceway.

“When we built the car, we did so with the intention of creating a street car first, a race car second. This meant that when it came to making decisions during the build process, any clashes between ‘road’ and ‘race’ were won by the road car element.

“Because the car is able to be road registered, we can cruise around with the family, tow a trailer with everything we need, and get the best out of a car that is driveable and the maximum bang for our buck - which really is the whole point our business Paramount Performance – working with street cars to get the best out of them for their owners for the money they spend, and our car is a test dummy for that in some respects.”

Seng’s racing pursuits are supported by Paramount Performance, Kyle at 6 Boost, Robbie from Abbott Engines and the Seng family, wife Anita and sons Jaidyn (10 years old) and Caleb (8 years old) – all of which have been actively involved in Seng’s preparation for Saturday’s event.

 “We are definitely aiming to do everything we can to defend our title, both as the event winner last year and as the overall champion for the APSA X275 class – the car is constantly evolving so we will be doing everything we can to give ourselves the best chance of victory,” said Seng.

“Having said that, with the racers lining up for X275 this year I think it will be a massive achievement to just get an event win – the competition is going to be extremely fierce, with a lot of new racers to the class.

“X275 delivers very, very close racing; a lot of the cars are street registered like mine, and it is one of only a few places where you can see all different engine combinations like nitrous-powered, turbocharged, supercharged and naturally aspirated all going up against each other – it is fantastic to watch and great to be a part of.”

Seng and his X275 compatriots will be joined on track this Saturday at Willowbank Raceway by a wide array of Pro Street racers across the Outlaw 10.5, Outlaw Extreme, Pro Street Blown, Pro Street Unblown, Mod Street Blown, Mod Street Unblown, Radial Outlaw, True Street, Pro Street Bike and DYO categories.

Saturday’s Pro Street Shootout action will kick off with qualifying from 10.00am (gates open 7.00am) followed by racing from 2.30pm. Spectator entry is available at the gate for just $25.00 for adults and $20.00 for students with ID, while children aged 13 and under gain free admission. For more event information, please click here.

Willowbank Raceway is Queensland’s premier drag racing facility, located 45 minutes from Brisbane or just a short drive from Ipswich, offering a year-round program of events for the entire family. For more information including a full event calendar, please visit www.willowbankraceway.com.au

UPCOMING EVENT INFORMATION: PRO STREET SHOOTOUT – SATURDAY 22 MARCH 2014
Featuring racing from: Outlaw 10.5, Outlaw Extreme, Pro Street Blown, Pro Street Unblown, Mod Street Blown, Mod Street Unblown, Radial Outlaw, X275, True Street, Pro Street Bike, DYO

Schedule:

  • Gates Open 7.00am
  • Qualifying from 10.00am
  • Racing from 2.30pm

Admission:

  • Adults: $25.00
  • Students with ID: $20.00
  • Children 13 and under gain free entry

What to expect:

  • True Street Cars: ‘full steel’ cars which are mostly street registered and must be driven back to the pits (rather than towed) after completing their pass. Most of these cars run the quarter-mile in the nine second bracket.
  • X275 and Radial Outlaw: Over-powered street configured cars running huge power with no wheelie bars and running on street tyres only.
  • Pro Street Bike: Street configured bikes pushing the limits with gorgeous paint, chrome, extended swing arms, fat tyres and incredible power, using highly modified production engines and power adders such as nitrous, superchargers and turbos.
  • Modified Street Cars: This class boasts standard chassis and standard suspension cars but with enormous horsepower, running in the low seven second range over the quarter mile at close to 300kph. Ever wondered how far you can push a production configured car? Mod Street is all about testing those limits.
  • Pro Street Cars: Gorgeous ‘tubbed’ 2500HP three quarter chassis monsters. Big tyres, gorgeous paint work and awesome launches.
  • 10.5 Outlaw Cars: No rules ‘Outlaws’, these mad men want to put as much horsepower as possible through a 10.5 inch tyred animal, many boast more than 3000 horsepower and run into the six second bracket.

Outlaw Extreme: this new exhibition class is a ‘no bars held’ class with minimal rules being swinging doors and no Nitro fuel, including blown doorslammers, turbo pro mods and anything else with swinging doors

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