Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

A Chance to Fire at Willowbank

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

A Chance to Fire at Willowbank

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READY TO ROAR: Andrew Stavroulakis' hopes his new car overcomes mechanical failures in time for the next Willowbank event. Photo supplied

NEW Pro Stock team PRE/Goldfingers Racing is hoping that Round Two of Willowbank Raceway's New Year Series will be the scene of their racing debut after new-car blues saw them fail to qualify for the season-opening nationals in September.

The team will be one of 17 pro stock entries looking to qualify for a 16-car field at the January 14 and 15 event, which will also host racers from Top Doorslammer and Nitro Funny Car.

That follows from round one, which will see Top Fuel and Top Alcohol racers ring in the New Year across January 2-3.

The new team is the product of a partnership between Melbourne businessman Raymond Bartlett, accomplished crew chief Con Sideris and record-breaking driver Andrew Stavroulakis.

Sideris, a former Australian Champion-winning crew chief and the crew chief/engine builder responsible for the current quickest Pro Stock elapsed time (7.023 seconds set by Lee Bektash at the 2010 Castrol EDGE Winternationals) said it wouldn't be long before the PRE Motorsport team would be battling for wins given its experience.

"This is a new evolution of the motor I ran at the Winternationals last year, everything is looking very promising and the chassis is coming around quick as well considering the few runs we have made," Sideris said.

"Andrew is great to work with. He has a very good understanding of the way everything in the car contributes to the performance of it. We had a data logger malfunction at Calder Park while testing and he was still able to give me feedback on the way the car performed, so the passes we made weren't a total waste. We expect to improve significantly at the New Year Series in January."

Stavroulakis, who was the first person to break the 190m/hr barrier in Australian Pro Stock history in 2006, said he couldn't wait to fire a shot in anger aboard the PRE Motorsport/Goldfinger Stratus Pro Stock racer at Willowbank Raceway in January. …

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