Damien Harris is eyeing the Top Fuel championship title at the Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway this weekend.
Damien Harris is eyeing the Top Fuel championship title at the Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway this weekend.

Speed merchants neck and neck

TOP fuel drag racer and current championship leader Damien Harris says there is a little bit of unfinished business at Willowbank Raceway this weekend for the Fuchs Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway.

Last year's event was rained out before the finals where Harris was meant to face Darren Morgan.

It denied him a shot at the title but foretold the story of the current season where Harris and Morgan are neck and neck in the championship, trading blows in their 8000 horsepower nitro dragsters.

"Darren and I made it to the finals last year and neither of us got to take home the trophy," Harris said.

"Something everyone wants is that Winternationals trophy so hopefully we can repeat this weekend and take another shot."

Harris said he would be happy not to face Morgan in eliminations, but will face the challenge head on if need be.

Harris leads the series by two points so whoever advances further this weekend will take the championship.

"It would be nice to have the championship over and done with early to focus on the actual racing," Harris said.

"It's going to be a nervous weekend for everyone," he said.

"I'm hoping it is playing more on Darren's mind than ours.

"I haven't won a series yet but he knows what it is like to have one so I'd like to think it affects him more than me.

"We've definitely got nothing to lose."

One thing Harris is having to battle is the flu just days out from the event.

Though drag races are short affairs, they demand good physical conditioning in order to keep reaction times quick and cope with the strain of six g-forces during the pass.

"I'm an asthmatic so sucking in air is quite hard to do at the moment," Harris said.

"When I went 514kph in Sydney recently, it knocked the wind out of me.

"The lungs were pretty good that day too.

"It felt like my head nearly came off my shoulders."

The Winternationals take place from Friday to Sunday at Willowbank Raceway.



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