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DMR breaks personal best at Nitro Max

DMR breaks personal best at Nitro Max
Added on March 14th, 2016 No Comments

Perth Motorplex spectators were given a spectacular show last weekend at the Nitro Max 400 Thunder event with the quickest field of Top Fuel in Australian history.
Darren Morgan and his team performed flawlessly being the only team to record consistent four-second runs all weekend.   
With the event split into round three and four of the 400 Thunder Series, Morgan came into the first round as point’s leader.
Round three on Saturday saw DMR qualify second with a 4.77 at 486kph.
Morgan faced current Australian champion Damian Harris in the semi final, DMR ran 4.74 at 498kph to Harris’ 4.73.
In the B final Morgan raced Wayne Newby of Sydney.  Morgan set down a great 4.68 at 508kph but was beaten by a quicker 4.66 from Newby.
“It was an awesome event, I am so proud of our team working all together to produce these outstanding results,” Morgan said.
Morgan entered round four on Sunday, three points ahead of Harris in the 400 Thunder Championship and top qualified with a 4.65 at 508kph
The semi finals saw Morgan lose with a holeshot to Harris.  Morgan ran a 4.62 at 506kph against Harris’ 4.63 at 520kph.
Morgan took the win in the B final against Newby with a personal best of 4.60 at 526kph to Newby’s 7.01.
DMR presently have 254 Points in the 400 Thunder Championship, currently placing second, only 12 points behind the points leader.
The next event is the Santo’s Super3 to be held at Willowbank Raceway, Queensland on Easter Friday and Saturday.
“We are looking forward to improving on the cars capability at Santos Super3 Easter weekend,” Morgan said.
DMR would like to thank major sponsors AEG Powertools, Shannons Insurance and Royal Asphalt as well as all their associate sponsors.

Written by Caitlyn Morgan
Image supplied by High Octane Photos 

Morgan leads 400 Thunder Series Championship into round three

Morgan leads 400 Thunder Series Championship into round three
Added on March 3rd, 2016 No Comments

Darren Morgan Racing are back in Perth this weekend to compete at the Nitro Max event at the Perth Motorplex.

Morgan is currently leading the 400 Thunder Series by 21 points after the second round on February 19 and 20.

The West Coast Nitro event saw DMR top qualify with a 4.74 and run low ET in both qualifier one and two.

The car ran consistent all weekend with the first qualifier a 4.78, qualifier two a 4.74 and the semi finals a 4.74.

DMR was knocked out in the semi-finals by WA local Mark Sheehan who went on to win the event, Sheehan ran a 4.59 against Morgan’s 4.74.

“We had a fast and consistent race car at West Coast Nitro, but if Mark is going to do runs like that we are going to need to step up our performance,” Morgan said.

Major sponsor AEG Powertools had a hands on display where fans could try out their tools as well as merchandise and product giveaways.

“It’s great to see our fans interacting with AEG Powertools staff and products,” Morgan said.

In the lead up to this weekends event, AEG Powertools are running a Facebook promotion where five lucky people can win a Gold Double Seat pass for Saturday’s Nitro Max.

For your chance to win, comment on the Perth Motorplex Facebook post, who you’d drag along and why you’re made of power.

Winners will be announced Friday afternoon.

Alongside Morgan this weekend will be returning drivers Mark Sheehan, Damien Harris and Wayne Newby who will all be racing for a pair of gold Christmas tree trophies.

The Nitro Max event features both rounds three and four of the 400 Thunder Series and will take place over Saturday and Sunday of WA’s Labour Day weekend.

Each day will run in a three round format, with competitors having one qualifier before entering straight into competition.

At this event in 2014, DMR was runner up the first night and winner the second, the team will be looking for the double up this time.

“This is always a great event over the Labour Day long weekend and we are looking forward to putting on a great show for our Perth fans,” Morgan said.

DMR would like to thank major sponsors AEG Powertools, Shannons Insurance and Royal Asphalt as well as all their associate sponsors.

New DMR merchandise will be available to purchase at the track.

Live DMR updates at the event will be available at

Competition Terms and conditions are available at

Written by Caitlyn Morgan

 Image supplied by Phil Luyer – High Octane Photos

DMR set to compete at West Coast Nitro

DMR set to compete at West Coast Nitro
Added on February 16th, 2016 No Comments


FOUR times Australian Top Fuel Champion Darren Morgan and his team are competing at the West Coast Nitro event in Perth this weekend, for the second round of the 400 Thunder Series.

Darren Morgan Racing are currently second in the 400 Thunder Series Championship, after placing runner up at the first round in November.

Morgan was ultimately beaten at the opening round on a holeshot by American driver Cory McClenathan, with DMR running a 4.67 to McCleanathan’s 4.68.

Alongside DMR will be two Rapisarda Autosport International vehicles and Mark Sheehan competing at the two day event.

DMR has teamed up with long time supporting sponsor AEG Powertools for the full season, which will see the team compete twice at the Perth Motorplex, Sydney Dragway and Willowbank Raceway.

Morgan is excited to be back in the driver’s seat for the second round taking place over Friday and Saturday.

“We are pumped to get back to Perth, it is one of my favourite cities,” Morgan said.

“I love the racing there, the people and the atmosphere, I am always looking forward to getting to race in Perth.”

“It is fantastic for us to have Royal Asphalt once again on board for the Perth events.”

Darren Morgan Racing tuner Ben Patterson is looking forward to expanding the car’s capability.

“Last time we were in Perth we ran 4.66 in the final, this time we are wanting to do even better,” he said.

Morgan and some crew will be staying in Perth after the round to work on the car for the third round, Nitro Max on March 5 and 6.

DMR would like to thank their major sponsors AEG Powertools and Shannons Insurance as well as their many associate partners.

The event will be live streamed at


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DMR and AEG Powertools power into 400 Thunder series

DMR and AEG Powertools power into 400 Thunder series
Added on November 16th, 2015 No Comments

Darren Morgan and his team took off where they left off at the first event of the 400 Thunder Series at Sydney Dragway on the weekend with a runner up to American Cory McClenathan.

The orange and black dragster turned heads all weekend with its striking new livery and strong performances against the world’s best.

With a small shower of rain Saturday afternoon, competition was pushed back and Top Fuel was only able to get two runs in for the night.

The AEG Powertools dragster experienced tyre shake in the first run, but topped the field with a 4.87 in the second session, placing top qualifier for the night.

The third qualifier was moved to the following morning where DMR smoked the tyres, landing them in the 4th qualifier spot.

“We are excited by the car’s performance. All weekend it was trying to run low 4.60’s and it took a few runs to slow it down to the track conditions,” Morgan said.

Round one saw DMR get a lucky break when Terry Sainty had a technical foul and the AEG Powertools dragster smoked the tyres at halftrack.

Morgan then took the win over current Australian champion Damien Harris in the semi finals with a 4.74 to a 4.81.

The 400 Thunder fans were treated to a spectacle in the final with side by side 4.60’s capping off a great meeting. Morgan was ultimately beaten on a holeshot by RAI driver Cory McClenathan, with DMR running a 4.67 to a 4.68.

“The team performed flawlessly throughout the whole weekend, with our two new additions being able to have a smooth transition. It felt like our team had been together for years,” Morgan said.

“Thanks very much to everyone that has been involved putting this together.”

Drag racing lovers from around Australia and the world were also able to watch the event by streaming it live online. The new initiative by 400 Thunder will see the entire series streamed online, providing a great way for fans to keep up with the series.

DMR are eager to do one better at the next 400 Thunder Series in Perth on February 19-20 at the West Coast Nitro event.

The team are currently 2nd in the points, behind Cory McClenathan and 22 points ahead of 3rd placed Damien Harris.

DMR would like to thank their major partners AEG Powertools and Shannons Insurance as well as their many associate partners.


Upcoming events:

  • 12 December 2015 – Outlaw Nitro Funny Car – Darren will be competing in the Aeroflow Triple Challenge driving the Bandit at Sydney Dragway
  • 19-20 February 2016 – 400 Thunder Top Fuel Round 2+3, West Coast Nitro, Perth Motorplex,
  • 5-6 March 2016 – 400 Thunder Top Fuel Round 4+5, Nitro Max, Perth Motorplex,


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Darren Morgan Racing and AEG Powertools set to power up the 400 Thunder Series

Darren Morgan Racing and AEG Powertools set to power up the 400 Thunder Series
Added on October 16th, 2015 No Comments


October 16th, 2015: Four times Australian Top Fuel Champion Darren Morgan and AEG Powertools are once again teaming up to take on the new 400 Thunder Top Fuel Series. The relationship first began in 2010 has already provided Morgan with two Australian Top Fuel Championships and the team are focussed on delivering him a fifth.


“We have had great success with AEG Powertools over the years and we are eager to extend that success while putting on a great show for the fans at the 400 Thunder events,” said Morgan.


AEG Powertools National Marketing Manager Kon Romios echoed Darren’s thoughts.


“Partnering with Darren and team DMR just made sense to us. Darren’s 4 x Championship titles are a testament to the combination of power and the teamwork behind the scenes making sure the end product does exactly what it’s built to do. This is what we at AEG Powertools also believe is paramount to our delivery of the best Powertools for the trade market.”


“Made of Power, our team are continuously working to bring our customers the tools that get the job done with the reliability expected in the trade industry. AEG are excited to share the journey with the team at DMR and the powerful sport of Top Fuel throughout the 2015/2016 season.”


Alongside AEG, DMR will be welcoming new partners McDonalds, Corso Body Works and Speedglas, as well as continuing their long-term partnerships with Shannon’s Insurance, Champion, PPG, Timken, Torque Calibration, L&H, Aeroflow, Orrcon, John Judd Industries, Tim Pattinson Design, Lovells and Elgas.


Morgan and his team are in full swing preparing for the East Coast Nationals, the first event of the recently launched 400 Thunder Series. The series is made up of nine Top Fuel rounds split between Sydney Dragway, Willowbank Raceway and Perth Motorplex.


“The Team at 400 Thunder have put together a great package and we are really excited about this new direction for the sport,” said Morgan.


Morgan and his team last competed at the Western Nationals at the Perth Motorplex, taking out runner up on the Saturday night before taking the win the following day.


The car ran consistent all weekend, with six consecutive 4-second passes, that culminated in running a 4.66, the quickest time for the team in recent seasons.


“With the upgraded equipment we ran at our last event in Perth we are eager to unleash the untapped performance in the car,” said Morgan.


The first event for DMR and AEG will be at the scene of their last championship victory in three weeks time for the East Coast Nationals at Sydney Dragway on November 7th and 8th.