Speedster flies in face of demons, coming out second to Nunn
SEVEN weeks ago, Rob Nunn was leaving Willowbank Raceway with bruises on his body and a smashed up car.
He had made a mistake in the braking zone of a drag race and soon found out the hard way what happens to a car out of control at 274kmh.
But the car fixed and the bruises gone, the only ill feeling Nunn had left heading into the Winter Nationals were the demons in his head.
Now he has finished the competition as the winner of the Super Stock category, the demons are exorcised.
"Once the first run was out of the way I was comfortable again," he said.
"That was the very first race I had competed in in the Winter Nationals."
Nunn is perfect in the event, the closest finish in his semi-final against Jim Ioannidis.
He broke his own track record on the way to victory, lowering it to a blistering 7.15 seconds.
It made the win all the sweeter for Nunn, who is still coming to terms with winning such a big event.
"It was disbelief, considering last time out and at the track I had crashed," he said.
"I didn't expect it going in."
The Winter Nationals were one of Nunn's two big goals for his drag racing, along with winning a national series.
The calendar is changing as of July 1, fitting in with the financial year as opposed to the calendar year.
That means Nunn is searching for the best way to make an attack at a title.
If he can't figure out a way to get to enough rounds this time around, he will do local rounds and look for a chance in future years.
Nunn's Winter Nationals
First run 7.244 sec to beat Rodney Moore
Second run 8.281 sec to beat Jai Schulter (red light)
Semi-fina l7.152 sec to beat Jim Ioannidis
Final 7.167 to beat Steve Norman (red light)