20 May 2022

400 Thunder Pro Slammer Stars from across the country will come together at the Gulf Western Oil Winternationals for an exciting new Double Header All Run format and major $40,000 cash prize payout.

The 11 Car field will include the current 400 Thunder Champion Steve Ham (QLD), Multi 400 Thunder Champion John Zappia (WA) who is travelling from Western Australia for this unique event, Multi Australian Slammer Champion Ben Bray (QLD), the Maurice Fabietti Team of Craig Burns (NSW) and Sam Fenech (NSW), Paul Cannuli (NSW), the only female in the field  Michelle Davies (NSW), Peter Lovering (NSW), recent Super Thunder Winner Russ Pavey (QLD) and Robin Taylor (VIC).

Current 400 Thunder Pro Slammer Champion Steve Ham is ready to accept the Double Header Challenge and said, “The season has so far been full of ups and downs with Covid-19 issues, weather conditions and car counts make the events difficult, but 11 cars for the Winternationals is great. Pro Slammer will put on a great show and with $40k up for grabs, the smartest and consistent team can take out the Double Header All Run Format”.

The Unique Double Header format at the Winternationals will see the Pro Slammer Teams on track on Friday testing before going to battle on Saturday and Sunday. 

Saturday, for the first time ever at the Winternationals, will see the Pro Slammers compete under the exciting 400 Thunder All Run Format.

The results of Saturday’s All Run Format will determine who races who for another totally seperate All Run Format event on Sunday, with the winner of Sunday’s event being crowned the Winternationals Champion.

Race Fans will witness more than 30 side by side Pro Slammer races over Friday, Saturday and Sunday at The Winternationals this year.

Maurice Fabietti has commented, “After the highs and lows of the last meeting in Sydney, the ACDelco team has put an enormous amount of work to ensure a strong appearance at the 2022 Winternationals. The Team has rallied together and pulled out all stops to have both ACDelco Monaro's at this most important event. It has been a very long time to have such a great entry list, and we would like to thank Willowbank Raceway for the opportunity of enjoying a double header this year, ensuring high competitor numbers and great racing in optimum conditions.

Gareth & Michelle Davies were extremely excited about the Double Header All Run Format concept when we spoke to them today. “This is one highly competitive field, at the biggest event of the year, and we are really looking forward to the new Double Header format giving everyone plenty of race time.  With the border restrictions now relaxed, hopefully this will be the return of big fields for 400 Thunder from now onwards. We are looking forward to hopefully seeing Drag Racing’s biggest crowd again appear at The Winternationals, see you all at the Track!!”.

The Gulf Western Oil Winternationals will be run at Willowbank Raceway from June 9 to June 12, and race fans can expect to see the very “Best of the Best” competing across all professional and sportsman Championship categories. 

The action will commence around 9am each day and is scheduled to finish by around 6pm each day. The Gulf Western Oil Winternationals will feature over 365 Entries, in 21 racing categories from every State in Australia and includes competitors from New Zealand.

Be sure not to miss out on Australia’s greatest Drag Racing event. For further information and tickets for the 2022 Gulf Western Oil Winternationals, please check out www.willowbankraceway.com.au