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PremiAir owner shows how it’s done

PREMIAIR Racing tasted success over the weekend – just not at Wanneroo Raceway.

While it proved another up-and-down round for his Supercars squad, team owner Peter Xiberras led by example to sweep the National Drag Racing Championship’s Top Fuel doubleheader in Sydney.

“This is unbelievable. I don’t know what to say, I am a bit gobsmacked actually,” Xiberras reacted.

“It has just been one of those weekends where things have fallen into place.

“There have been times where we thought we had blown it and it just comes in. I can’t thank my crew enough.”

There was not so much cause for PremiAir celebrations on the west coast though, its Nulon Camaros proving unable to capitalise on reasonable qualifying pace.

The PremiAir Nulon Camaros in Perth. Pic: Supplied

Tim Slade made Q3 on both days and James Golding on the Saturday, but no top 10 race results materialised.

Race 2 of Slade’s 200th round went awry owing to an unsafe release that earnt a 15-second penalty, relegating him to 22nd.

“There was decent qualifying speed, but we would still like to be better, and we are working on the race car as well,” said the #23 driver.

A test day at Queensland Raceway awaits in the lead-up to next month’s Darwin Triple Crown.

“We tried a lot of different things on the cars so I can’t wait to go for a test day now and try and get some more development into the cars and make them faster heading to the next round in Darwin,” said Golding.

Walkinshaw Andretti United’s victory in Race 1 of the Perth SuperSprint leaves PremiAir and the Blanchard Racing Team as the only winless squads in the Gen3 era.

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