Loy runner up in Winternationals
JOHN Loy has proved to be one of the top drag racing drivers in the nation after being runner up in the supercharged outlaws class at the Winternationals at Willowbank.
He enjoyed success last weekend in his 454 Chev-powered Torana in a field of 32. With a lot of modifications, he has stepped up the Torana from a pro street car to an outlaw car.
Last weekend’s drag racing event is the biggest in the world away from the United States and Loy got it right for his first four passes to make the final.
“This is the high point of my career,” Loy said.
“The winner has been the runner-up four times and has been trying to win the class for 11 years.”
While drag racing might be an individual event once the driver jumps in the vehicle, Loy stressed it was a team effort.
He had help in the pits from his wife Jenny, children Matthew and Brittany, brothers Chris and Alex, sister-in-law Wendy, nephew Mickey as well as Peter Slade and Granville family members, Dennis, Jo and Sarah.
Loy said his success in the Winternationals was only possible with the support of sponsors FG Loy and sons, Southern Cross Transit, Warwick Panel and Paint, and Precise Automatics.
Willowbank was the final round of the ANDRA series and Loy was up against drivers who had competed in the other five rounds of the series as far away as Perth.
Despite not competing in the other round, he had an impact on the Australian championships.
In the semi final, Nathan Peirano needed a win against Loy to secure the title but was eliminated and denied the title.
In more good news for Warwick drag racing, regular Morgan Park competitor Christine Steffens, of the Lockyer Valley, won the Christmas Tree for an Australian title win last weekend.
Progress through the rounds
First round: Loy nominated a dial-in of 7.55 seconds and ran 7.61 to defeat the Funny Car of Les Rodgie, of the Gold Coast.
Second round: Loy kept the same dial-in and scored an easy 7.600sec victory over the dragster of Rockhampton’s Zachery Peirano.
Third round: He ran quicker than his 7.55 dial-in at 7.548sec but was saved by the fact that his opponent, Rodney Hansen, of Cotswold Hills, Qld, went further under his dial-in of 6.95 at 6.928sec.
Fourth round (semifinal): Loy lowered his dial-in to 7.53sec (to avoid breaking out again) and ran 7.607sec to defeat Nathan Peirano, of Rockhampton.
Final: He red lighted against opponent Bill Fletcher. Fletcher’s 7.20 won over Loy’s 7.612 and Fletcher also took out the Willowbank Track Championship. (Statistics from Lex Swayn)