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Date: 27/08/18

Day one of the Honeywell Garrett Brisbane Jamboree presented by Link ECU and Tuners Edge unfolded under beautiful blue skies to the delight of thousands of spectators at Willowbank Raceway on Saturday before rain sadly intervened on day two.

Qualifying for all 12 racing brackets was held across Saturday, with Gabriel Rodriguez (Precision Turbo Factory Xtreme), Jay Sadek (Bosch Motorsport Pro Turbo), Chris Tait (McKern Pro Compact),  Paul Mouhayet (Turbo King IHRA Pro Mod), Quinton Nudd (MTQ Street Compact), Nick Jack (Freight Management Australia All Motor), Tee Jay Graham (Pro Maz Street 289), Nader Nader (NAPA Auto Super Store Modified Compact), Shane Seawright (Option Audio Extreme), Vince Rigoli (PWR Performance Products Modified 10.5), Varum Sharma (Race Car Engineering J275) and Perry Bullivant (Race Car Engineering J315) all topping their classes.

Rodriguez was competing at the weekend after having travelled all the way from the United States with Titan Motorsports.

“Today was a very good day. We had our first qualifying passes and we did 6.04 seconds at 238 miles per hour and I am happy with that. To be the first qualifier here is good. The event is excellent and so are the facilities and the people. The event organisation is extremely good; I seriously love it, it is awesome,” Rodriguez said.

Another racer very happy with Saturday’s results was Camden (NSW) youngster Jay Sadek, who was making his race debut in the Bosch Motorsport Pro Turbo category and also his race debut in his dad’s infamous Sadek Motor Group Mazda RX3.

“I still look at the car and can’t believe I am driving it, especially at my age! A big thanks goes to my dad (Sam Sadek) and Pac Performance as well, I am not taking the opportunity for granted,” Sadek said.

“It was great to top qualify in my first race event in this car and my first race event in Pro Turbo. Ever since I was a little kid I wanted to race in Pro Turbo, I saw my dad racing there and I said I would love to race in that class; my thanks to my dad, he gave me my dream come true.”

Australian Pro Slammer champion Paul Mouhayet impressed with a very consistent performance in his Moits Racing/Mack Trucks/Komatsu Ford Mustang Pro Slammer.

“We are really happy with that consistency. I love the whole Jamboree concept, it is a good concept,” Mouhayet said.

Also smiling widely at the end of the day’s proceedings were Jason Both (Precision Turbo Factory Xtreme), Jason Payne (Bosch Motorsport Pro Turbo) and Cory Abbott (McKern Pro Compact) with these drivers each taking out a $1000 cash prize thanks to the PWR Cash Boost in recognition of their consistency across the day.

“The day went perfectly with a PB off the trailer of a 6.90s and then we backed that up twice with two 7.0s. It just went perfectly. To take out the PWR Cash Boost was awesome and I think it is a very good initiative – anyone can go fast once!” Payne said.

The passionate spectators on-track were also treated to a taste of eliminations racing, with the MTQ Street Compact and NAPA Auto Super Store Modified Compact classes undertaking their first round of racing to round out the Saturday schedule.

Sadly, while racing was set to continue for a second day on Sunday, the weather had different ideas and rain forced the cancellation of the remainder of the event.

“Cancelling Sunday was an exceptionally difficult decision, but unfortunately with the weather conditions our hands were forced,” Jamboree Australia Director, Collin Willshire, said.

“There was significant rain fall overnight on the weekend and continuing into Sunday morning. In addition, the weather forecasts told us that the rain was set to intensify throughout the day.

“The safety of everyone involved in this event from our racers to our spectators is exceptionally important to us. You never want to cancel an event, but unfortunately we had no other alternative in the conditions.

“Our sincere thanks goes to all of our racers, sponsors, supporters and of course the spectators who joined us for a brilliant day on Saturday and were hoping to again join us on Sunday.

“No one wanted it to end this way but unfortunately the weather is one thing we cannot control.”