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BJR’s engine man on top at Winternationals

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Saturday 11th June, 2011 - 5:13pm

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Jamie Noonan at the end of his P1 setting run at Willowbank today

Brad Jones Racing V8 Supercar engine builder Jamie Noonan has made a stunning start to his drag racing career – ending today’s first two rounds of Top Alcohol qualifying in position one at the Castrol EDGE Winternationals on top.

Noonan, whose father was the 1997 Winternationals Champion, upstaged all of the fancied ANDRA Pro Series Top Alcohol runners with his very first run off the truck – getting down the quarter mile in 5.562 seconds at 399 kilometres per hour.

None of the other Top Alcohol runners were able to touch the 34 year old’s time in the latter stages of session one or in session two. Noonan remains on top despite striking trouble on the startline and not setting a time in the second session.

Should he remain on top of the pile after tomorrow’s two qualifying sessions, it will be a stunning entry to the sport.

The good run continues Noonan’s wave of success in 2011. Jason Bright’s outstanding start to the V8 Supercars season – which has included two race wins and numerous podiums – has set the V8 scene on its ear.

His self-developed Noonan Race Engineering billeted cylinder head has already won an American Championship and it would seem it is making a solid beginning in Australian drag racing as well.

The final two sessions of Castrol EDGE Winternationals Pro Series Qualifying will take place tomorrow, with racing on the Queen’s Birthday Holiday Monday.

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