RACECAR CHAMP TAKES FIRST NATIONAL CROWN
Hitachi sponsorship keeps Kyle Putland on track
Drag racing star, Kyle Putland has continued his great run of success with several titles over the past season, including the Motorplex SuperComp Vice-Track Championship and the 2014 Winternationals title – his first nationals win.
“We’ve had a phenomenal season,” Kyle said. “We’ve developed this naturally aspirated car to become the quickest in the country and there’s no way we could have done that without our sponsors Hitachi, Harness Master, SupaFit Seat Covers, Professionals Stirling Clark and Orange Australia.”
Putland had anything but an easy entry into the Winternationals finals, starting his campaign by destroying two transmissions in qualifying rounds.
“It’s one of those crazy things you can’t explain. The “O” ring on the shift tower was faulty which meant losing shift pressure to apply the clutch and totally destroying the inside of the gearbox. We didn’t work out what was causing it until it happened again in the last qualifier, so we were behind before we started. We gave it absolutely everything in the final knowing we had nothing to lose and had a heap of new fans barracking for us.”
It had been a different story at the Pro Showdown at the Perth Motorplex in April, where the Harness Master Racing team started the event as fastest qualifiers with 7/10ths of a second under the national record for A/Altered.
Despite having to settle for the title of vice-champion after a heartbreaking disqualification in the final round where he left the line fifteen thousandths of a second before the green light Putland remained upbeat about what the team had achieved throughout the season.
In their first racing appearance on the East Coast, the Harness Master Racing team went on to battle it out at Sydney Dragway’s Nitro Champs. In the lead up to the event, Putland and his team entered the X Champs with the quickest naturally aspirated racecar.