TEAM BRAY HEAD BACK TO THE SCENE OF THE TIME
When the father and son duo hit the Sydney Dragway this Saturday, with
their Sidchrome Hot Rods for qualifying, it will mark 6 weeks since the
first ever all five second Top Doorslammer field in the history of the
ANDRA Pro Series.
At that event Ben run very well and made it into the final, Victor ran consistent in qualifying with 6.06 and 6.05 and would have qualified for any other Doorslammer field except that one.
Team Bray racing have been racing for a long time and know only too well what it takes to stay on top of the developments. But for the last year and a bit has seen the team struggling. The tide appears to be turning as every pass in 2012 and TBR has been getting better and better.
The 9 times national championship team is anxious to go better again this weekend at the Nitro Champs, plus they hope to move up the ladder in ANDRA Championship points and if another all 5 second field is tabled, have both of their Sidchrome Top Doorslammers in it. The team has been working very hard back at home base to get into the 5.80's where the front of the field is now. New blowers are coming and it was hoped they would arrive for testing before the Nitro Champs but it was not to be. During a recent test day at Willowbank Raceway further improvements where made to the fuel system and it is hoped this will transfer to results on the weekend.
Victor Bray Sidchrome 1957 Chevy: "As a driver and a team owner, it gives me great pleasure to see the Top Doorslammer bracket getting better and better with every event. John Zappia has been the bench mark for the last few years. Before John, Benny had a couple of years when he was unbeatable and before that I had 6 years. When this current season got under way last September Peter Kapiris was taking it up to Zapp and it was starting to look like another changing of the guard was about to take place. However, at the last couple of events Zap is back pushing out the 5.80's and now looks set to take out the championship. So I would have to say he is going to be the man to beat again this weekend."
"I am currently 7th in the championship only 30 points behind Ben in 5th and Mark Belleri another 13 points ahead in 4th so if I can get a good run and the couple of young bucks in front of me slip up it is not out of the questions that I could come away from Sydney in 4th place."
"Last but not least I really hope that lots of the 5 million residents of Sydney come out and put their back-side track side and see what this great sport of ours has to offer."
Ben Bray Sidchrome Monaro: "It would be great to run a time lower than the 5.90 we ran at the last event in Sydney, but that's not entirely our goal for the weekend."
"Dad has been spending lots of time in front of the computer, laying some of my good runs over the top of each other, looking at weather forecasts etc."
"There are so many facets to making these cars run fast and to keep making them better, it's actually really exciting as it looks like we are heading back to the top of our game."
"You can't get where we are without having done a lot of things right and our team is fired up and ready to go. I would really like to get to the finals again in the elimination rounds and move up a spot on the championship ladder."
Qualifying begins Saturday, May 5th with runs scheduled at 12, 3 and 6 p.m., and continues on with eliminations scheduled to begin at 11am. Sunday, May 6th. (All times AWST.)
If you cannot make it to the Sydney Dragway this week end you can stay up to date with Team Bray at one of the following web links
Top Doorslammer results (http://www.teambrayracing.com/results/?c=1)
Team Bray Web Cam (http://teambrayracing.com/webcam.html)
Facebook updates from the track (http://www.facebook.com/teambrayracing)
Google + at the track (http://gplus.to/teambray)