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> JUSTIN ROBINSON AND SKIDIT RETAINED THEIR DRAG CROWN AT THIS YEAR’S PERFORMANCE CAR MANIA

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THREE days of powerskids, drag racing, burnouts and cruising the track at Victoria’s Winton Raceway: that’s Performance Car Mania in a nutshell.

The off-street drag competition is always a cracker. It is a flag-start, no-prep deal, with no namby-pamby cool-off periods for stinking-hot race cars to cool down between rounds. If you lose, you’re out. If you win, you go straight around to face another racer until there are none left.

It is a tough event that really tests the limits of what the competitors’ cars are capable of.

In the finals, local racer Justin Robinson in his big-block SKIDIT Torana faced off against Street Machine Drag Challenge veteran Rodney Browitt in his turbo LS-powered NOCOIN ute.

Justin took out the event and now has two wins and two runner-up spots at PCM to his name, putting a big target on his back for next year.

And while Rodney and NOCOIN missed out on the win in the drags, they took out the powerskid comp, with Jake Myers in the S1CKO Mustang coming runner-up.

This was Jake’s first event after an injury and it was a good one, nabbing first place in the Pro Burnout class as well. Rick Fuller in the LSONE VK placed second with Scott Yates third in YATESZ.

Gary Myers was also there in his AGROXA Falcon and put on a great show. The XA was one of the top qualifiers in the burnout comp, but he missed the finals after cracking a cylinder head in the powerskids.

Sunday’s burnout finals went off with a different sort of bang for Jake Harris and his unsuspecting passenger in his VT SS. When Jake launched into top gear as he hit the pad, both the front airbags were triggered. Jake ended up with a Holden logo impression in his arm from the steering wheel badge, but other than that both driver and passenger fortunately escaped unharmed, and Jake managed to finish the skid. s