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Xiberras racing in honour of late friend Fenech

SUPERCARS team owner Peter Xiberras will be among the drag racing fraternity competing in honour of long-time competitor Sam Fenech later this week.

Fenech was killed in a crash during Round 3 of the Australian Top Fuel Championship at Willowbank Raceway on January 7.

Series organisers have reacted for what is bound to be an emotional affair at the upcoming Top Fuel Slam at Sydney Dragway on January 27-28, with all competitor fees waived and spectator ticket prices slashed substantially.

Leading driver Xiberras, who owns PremiAir Racing, paid tribute to Fenech ahead of the occasion.

“I have known Sam for more than 20 years, we started out racing each other in Super Sedan way back when, and have always been friends with a lot in common between our love of racing, our business pursuits, our Maltese heritage, and the importance we place on family,” he said.

“His loss is being deeply felt across the entire drag racing community and we welcome the initiatives Top Fuel Australia has made to ensure Top Fuel Slam appropriately honours Sam’s memory.

“Nothing can ever undo the tragic events that took him from us or make his terrible loss any less painful for his loved ones, but we can make sure that we come together in a fitting tribute to Sam, and work to keep his memory alive.

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“We hope that as many fans of the sport as possible can come to Sydney Dragway over January 27 and 28 and join us in honouring this great man who has been taken away much too soon.”

While his standing in Australian motorsport has been on the rise in line with his Supercars squad – not to mention his possession of the two-time Shane van Gisbergen/Garth Tander Bathurst 1000-winning chassis – Xiberras has continued to be a force behind the wheel.

“We will be doing all we can to make it to the A-Final and hopefully come away with a win in Sydney,” he said.

“It would not only be a great honour for us to win at this event in memory of Sam, but it would also be our first A-Final and win for the current season if we can do it.

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“In our early runs at Willowbank we showed that we are getting back onto the right track so we will continue working away at it and hopefully we can bring home some good results.”

PremiAir Racing will tackle the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship with Gen3 Chevrolet Camaros for Tim Slade and James Golding.

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