Puglia’s season starts like “Clockwork Orange”
WANNEROO, WA – Everything ran like clockwork for four-time Super Comp State Champ, Allen Puglia who took a new look and a new engine to the 2012-2013 season opener at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday.
Puglia used just one qualifying run in the freshly painted “pearl orange” Puglia Racing Probe to claim the top qualifier’s spot, with a 7.26 second elapsed time, almost half a second under the national index for A/Gas designation.
“Right from the green light, I knew we were going to run well. It’s a great feeling when you can have a car in pieces in the off season, put it back together and come out and run good numbers straight off the trailer,” he said, fortunate to get down the track when others struggled.
“We were looking really good, getting a bye-run in the first round, and then beating Robbie (Gaikhorst) in the second, but leaving nearly a tenth of a second after Errol Quartermaine in the semi-final was what finished us. The Puglia Racing Probe ran strong again, but it was the old guy at the wheel that cost us a place in the final,” he said.
“That’s about as good a test session as you’re ever going to get though. The car ran 7.20’s every run that we did in seriousness so you can’t ask for more than that.”
Despite the impressive consistency, Puglia was quick to acknowledge his racing partners in the team’s success.
“The consistency on the track has come from the consistency in our racing partners. We have every one of the companies that supported us last season sign on again and that’s why we can take a car off the trailer and run with confidence straight up.”
“All things going well, we can take this result and continue on to the Goldenstates in just under three weeks. We’ve had good success at that event in the past and there’s no reason why we can’t continue on this season.”
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