Just when you thought you wouldn't get any more action from downunder, I pop up again. Relax, it'll be the last time this year. I've missed a couple of championship rounds due to breakages. I went to Sydney for the last round to support the bracket, and lets face it, they've missed the real competition. Due to finally retiring from work I won't be doing the championship rounds next year as money will be tight and I'd rather do the regional tracks and the Nostalgias in Queensland. I'll still occasionally race there but to be honest it's not as enjoyable since IHRA got involved. They don't want grassroots racing there. Enough of my bleating! Onto the racing. Five of us entered. Me, Ezio, Gerard, Anthony and a new bloke, James. He's a different James that normally pilots the car so it made remembering his name easier. We did the usual qualifying runs with most running their usual numbers, except for me. I ran a 14.019 and joking told the others that I was taking it easy. Pigs arse was I going to. This run gave me a 13.76 to Gerard's 13.22 I dialed 13.75 and ran a backing off 13.975 against Anthony's 16.95 on a 16.40 dial. I had the bye run in the 2nd Shootout and James and Anthony ran each other, James the victor. Ezio was too good for Gerard. Third shootout I was against young James, who I should point out, hasn't raced before but was getting a handle on it real fast. Once again old fart me showed him how to put a cherry on the tree. GRRRRR. As it turned out he hadn't realized that I'd redlit so he stayed into it as did I. If I hadn't redlit I would've won because he did a 16.227 on a 16.55 dial. Shit happens. Gerard had another loss to Anthony and Ezio had the bye. That left James with 3 wins and Ezio and me with 2 wins. A count back put me and James in the final. James changed his dial to 16.20 and I left mine at 13.75. Keep an eye on the Xmas tree for the final result. I ran it out for 13.77 on a 13.75 dial. Not bad for pensioner. Well that be all for this year. (I could've raced at Bodangora the next day but it required a 5 hour drive after racing at Sydney. We didn't finish at the track till 9p.m so the crew chief put her foot down for once and vetoed the plan. Wise lady.) The car ran faultlessly all day and the bonus is being able to drive it onto the trailer at the end. The only hiccup I had was because I've put an oil feed to the cam gear, which comes off the oil sender 'T' junction, the oil light came on at the end of a run. I put a clamp on the flexible line as a restrictor and fixed it. Hooroo to you all, and I hope everyone keeps chugging along.