Drag racers set to go at Brisbane Jamboree

THREE Redland City residents are gearing up to compete in the Honeywell Garrett Brisbane Jamboree.

James Moore from Capalaba, Sam Kiprios from Victoria Point and Scott Hoffman from Alexandra Hills will be drag racing at Willowbank Raceway on August 25 and 26.

The event is Australia’s premier sport compact drag racing and car culture event.

Mr Moore said he hoped to improve his personal best in his ‘Game On’ Mazda RX7 by contesting the Street 289 category.

“My quickest time so far is 8.3 seconds and my goal is to run a ‘seven second’ pass,” he said.

“If possible, I would like to improve my finishing result from last year – I was the runner-up in the Pro 289 category last year. 

The 39-year-old service technician said as long as he was improving each year, he was happy.

Mr Kiprios also said he wanted to improve his personal best in his 1982 Toyota Starlet while running the Pro Compact category.

“We have a few new parts we are trialing, so we are in test mode for them,” he said.

“We will just go out there and mix it up with the quicker cars and have some fun whilst doing it.”

The 26-year-old said there were different cars to run against at the event.

“We like racing the quicker cars, it gives us a bit of a challenge and makes us better ourselves each year,” he said.

“The Pro Compact class has definitely evolved quickly over the years, you have a lot of quick cars that are coming out now and it is making everyone step up a bit more which is exciting.”

Mr Hoffman wants to win in his 1973 Toyota Corolla after he was the Modified 10.5 runner-up last year.

“We have made the car a bit lighter and undergone some developments, I plan to run a bit faster,” he said.

The 39-year-old exhaust fitter said he lost his race last year when his opponent had a slightly better reaction time.

“It was a pretty cool race, it was very close,” he said.

“I made a personal best run as well with a 7.81 second pass at 182 miles per hour.”

Mr Hoffman said he usually did well in the competition and the Brisbane Jamboree was the on event of the year he would never miss.

“It is about consistency more than anything,” he said.