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Australian Racer Ross Smith Sets National ET Record of 8.69 on Stock Wheelbase Busa
Thursday, November 08, 2012


Rider: Ross Smith - I have been racing street based bikes since the late 90’s. Did one season on a wheelie bar bike, but it didn’t do it for me, then onto the Busa. Have slowly evolved the bike from my daily ride to where it is now. It has been a very long road from the stock 9.6 lowered daily ride to the all out sub record race bike that it is now.

About ANDRA: The Australian National Drag Racing Association Ltd, or ANDRA for short, is the drag racing sanctioning body of Australia. The organization was created in 1973 from a more drag racing oriented faction of the Australian Hot Rod Federation. Today ANDRA sanctions races throughout Australia and throughout the year at all levels, from Top Fuel to Junior Dragster, on everything from temporary regional tracks to international standard facilities in capital cities.

Class: A/Street bike (A/SB) - Stock wheel base (OEM swingarm), unlimited engine mods and capacity, naturally aspirated, original ECU and throttle bodies must be used, foot shifted with ignition kill quick shifter, DOT street tires, no ballast, original tank in original position, min 2 inch ground clearance, manual operated OEM clutch with no centrifugal assistance allowed, must retain original headlight, runs in ANDRA Competition Bike bracket. Sub classes of Competition Bike race on indexes tied directly to National records for respective classes.

Above: Ross Smith wins his semi-final match-up en route to his record setting final round victory in the ANDRA Pro Series

Bike: 2002 Suzuki Hayabusa

Specs: 1441cc, 15.9:1 Compression Ratio, Brock's Performance cams, Carrillo rods, CP pistons, headwork by Forbes and Mills Engineering, Gen2 crank lightened and balanced by APE, Brock's Performance 4-2-1 Sidewinder, Brocks clutch cushion kit, Koenig sump and pickup, Power Commander III for fuel tuning, EE2 for ignition tuning, fuel - PowerPlus 110.

Chassis: OEM frame, lowered forks, front wheel, radiator, fairings (trimmed), swingarm and rear shock, Shinko Hookup tire, and a BST rear wheel (work of art) from Brock’s Performance.

Ross Smith ANDRA Busa Images

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Racing: Up until this year all of my racing has been in Western Australia, first in Modified Bike and then Comp Bike. Western Australia has the biggest and toughest fields of Comp Bike in the country, so we are quite spoilt for competition. This year, I travelled interstate to New South Wales and Queensland chasing the national title. Unfortunately a rookie mistake in the semi at the final meeting in Queensland cost me the top spot. I finished on equal points to the champ (a fellow Western Australian racer) but as he won the final event he takes the honors. Congratulations to Kevin Gummow. I won the Western Australian championship for the 2011/2012 season.

Ross Smith ANDRA Time Tickets and Certificate

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We only get one meeting per year in Western Australia that we are able to reset national records, the Westernationals. This year I ran a 8.693 in a qualifying pass and then backed that up within 1% in the final race of the series with an 8.724, winning the meeting and resetting the ET record from 8.799 to 8.693. A/SB has been dominated by EFE (GS1150 in the US) based bikes for the past 10+ years, so it was nice to get there on “New School” equipment. The national MPH record for A/SB is with 163.82, I am consistently in the 163 to 166’s but haven’t been able to back it up at record setting meetings, maybe this year?!

A big thanks goes to Brock, Rhonda, and all their crew for their advice, prompt and very professional service over the past 10 years. It is always a pleasure doing business with them.


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