Crowds rev up for drag races
MORE than 150 drag racers from around the country will ring in 2011 with high-octane action this Sunday and Monday at Willowbank Raceway for round one of the New Year Series.
Eight fire-throwing Top Fuelers and 12 Top Alcohol machines will lead the field at Queensland’s premier drag racing facility across January 2-3, before Nitro Funny Cars, Top Doorslammers and Pro Stock racers take to the Ipswich quarter-mile for round two on January 14-15.
In Top Fuel, fans are advised to keep an eye on whiz kid Andrew Cowin as he makes a comeback to Willowbank Raceway.
Also in the spotlight will be current points leader Darren Morgan.
In Top Alcohol, Aaron Hambridge, Wayne Newby and Gary Phillips are the ones to watch, with reigning champion Phillips embarking on his 40th season in the sport, while Hambridge and Newby are on top of their game with an event win each so far this season.
Willowbank Raceway managing director Steve Bettes said Willowbank Raceway was the place to be for those looking for fast-paced family fun in the new yYear, not least because children aged 13 and under gain free entry.
“Top Fuel racing is the ultimate fire-throwing, ear-splitting, rock and roll four second ride down the quarter-mile,” he said.
“To see them in action is really something special, no matter what your age or your interest in motorsport, you just can’t help but be blown away by these 7000 horsepower machines.”
The two-round New Year Series at Willowbank Raceway unfolds on January 2-3 (round one) and January 14-15 (round two).