Drag racing ace 'Wolfie' Smith can 'see' that magical eight second run is on its way

PUBLISHED: 14:47 07 May 2019 | UPDATED: 14:47 07 May 2019

Wolfie Smith on the Dakota Raceway star line. Picture CHELS UNDERHILL

Wolfie Smith on the Dakota Raceway star line. Picture CHELS UNDERHILL

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East Devon drag racing ace Mark 'Wolfie' Smith recorded his fastest ever speed topping his previous personal best at a meeting in Somerset over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Wolfie Smith on the Dakota Raceway star line. Picture CHELS UNDERHILLWolfie Smith on the Dakota Raceway star line. Picture CHELS UNDERHILL

It's been quite a past fortnight for the speedster who lives in Newton Poppleford.

At the end of April he was in 'reluctant; action at Dakota Raceway, Smeatharpe which was playing host to the second round of the 2019 South West Straighliners Championship.

Smith explained his 'reluctance' to race saying: “I had been carrying a knock or two prior to the meeting and so had gone to seek medical advice and was advised by the doctor not to race under any circumstances. “It seems I had picked up a serious nerve injury in my neck at the base of my skull and so I went along to the meeting with every intention of just helping out with the all-important scrutineering work.”

He continued: “However, once there and, after resisting the urge to get on the bike, I relented and got on the bike for a single run that saw me clock a 9.79 @146 mph to top the class. “It hurt, big time, and I soon gave it up on the day and had to settle for a fourth place finish on the day.”

Alan Morrison took first place with a 9.12 and Wolfe's great friend – and rival - Mark 'Skinny' Patman, took second with 9.12.

The only other faster run that then one undertaken by Smith was a 9.49 from Ian Wicks. P

erhaps crucially, injury apart, Smith did not use nitrous oxide, which of course propels the bike top even greater speeds! This past weekend, with less of an injury issue to impeded him, Wolfie was in action at the two day bank holiday meeting at Westonzoyland, Somerset. On day one he topped his previous PB with a 9.285 second@ 155mph and then, the following day he bettered that by setting himself a new all-time PB of 9.168@157.37 mph to finish top of the racing stats one again!

Wolfie said after his latest run: “That's my best time and best speed. It has taken me two long years to better my previous PB of 9.30@156 mph. “The bike is going really well now, but I remain convinced that the magical eight second run time is in the bike – that's the target and that's what we continue to race towards! What's more, Paul Lewis of Big Paul's Autos believes the same and he and his team are constantly looking at tweaks they can make to the machine to help me – their support is immeasurable and I am so grateful for it!”

It was back to the day job for Wolfie after the bank holiday weekend – and a more mundane pace!

He said: “My new 18 ton lorry that I deliver wood in for Devon Hardwoods top runs at a top speed of 56mph – somewhat more sedate than my bike top speeds!”

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