Team Turbosmart’s Pac Performance has taken part in the rotary grudge match of the century against Loquito Killer, and then continued on to be awarded runner-up in the Extreme Pro Compact class at the World Sports Compact Challenge, held at Orlando Speed World in Florida on October 14-16.
Australia’s fastest rotary, the Pac Performance Mazda 6 SP drag car, went head-to-head with Puerto Rico’s fastest rotary, the Loquito Killer Mazda RX8. The event was the first time the two cars lined up side by side, making for what has been hailed as the rotary grudge match of the century.
George Reyahem was behind the wheel of the Pac Mazda 6 SP, against Edwin Loquito in the RX8. Unfortunately, in the first face-off, the race did not run in Pac’s favour. The gearbox let go during the run, losing third gear, and holding them back to a 8.85 at 99.66MPH. Loquito, meanwhile, ran a 6.934 at 155MPH.
It would all come down to the next round as the two cars lined up once again. This time, George missed the green light by a fraction of a second and red-lit. That meant Pac couldn’t put in a time against Loquito, who took home the win 2-0.
It was an unfortunate loss for the Australian team, since they did not have a chance to give Loquito a real run.
Pac continued into the elminations, and round one saw George take on Captain Tweet’s 2JZ Toyota Camry. Pac was awarded the win after the Camry red-lit.
Round two was Pac vs Damon Chin in his Toyota Celica. Damon was a no-show for the round, meaning Pac took the win by default. They still took the opportunity to make a pass with no opponent, however the tire shake from the previous pass had caused so much vibration that one of the blow-off valves had worked loose.
The team refitted the BOV and were ready for the semi final round against the Zoian Racing Gasolina 2JZ Camry. The track was now reduced to a 1/8th mile as dew began to set in at the far end, making the surface too slippery to run on. Pac took the win after Zoian ran into problems, putting them into the final against El Jerry.
El Jerry was a tough opponent, and had been performing consistently throughout the event. As the tree turned green, Pac ran a 4.39 at 171MPH, on the 1/8th mile, just edged out by El Jerry’s 4.02 at 187MPH.
Pac took home the Runner Up trophy, which is a fantastic acheivement for the team’s first time competing on US soil.
The Australian team were a hit with the spectators, with many coming out just to see what the international visitors could do. It’s a great outcome for Australian drag racing and we hope to see Pac back in the States before long!