Top Alcohol racer Aaron Hambridge is on a new year mission at Willowbank Raceway.
Top Alcohol racer Aaron Hambridge is on a new year mission at Willowbank Raceway.

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HIGH-octane racing is what fans can expect at Willowbank Raceway next month, with round one of the New Year Series set to kick off on January 2-3.

Racers in ANDRA Pro Series category Top Alcohol will head to Queensland’s premier drag racing facility to join Top Fuel on the Ipswich quarter-mile for round one of the two-round series.

Round two is set down for January 14-15.

The Top Alcohol championship has so far crowned two winners, with Aaron Hambridge and Wayne Newby facing off against each other in both finals of the two rounds. They have a win apiece.

Hambridge took the round one win in September, continuing the form that helped him claim his second consecutive Castrol EDGE Winternationals title at Willowbank Raceway in June.

Hambridge also secured the bonus points for top speed for the meeting.

“Thanks to the hard work of our crew, who are the backbone of TeamAPM and the Jamie Noonan (NRE) Dragster, we are on top of the points standings heading to Willowbank,” Hambridge said.

“We always enjoy racing at Willowbank, the staff put on a great merting and for us it is the track with our most success, including wins at the Winternationals.

“After finishing runner-up in the title chase last season, we really want to clinch that championship title this season so we are going to be doing everything we can to lock that away.”

Newby and his JBS Tools Dragster are just three points behind Hambridge. In third spot is 14-time and reigning Top Alcohol champion Gary Phillips, of Hillcrest.

With a strong success rate at Willowbank, Smithfield fitter and turner Newby is feeling confident heading to the New Year Series.

“We have been on a bit of a roll, we have found something in the car and it is just working, it is all clicking and coming together finally,” Newby said.

“We are working well as a team, there are a lot of late hours and work but it seems to be paying off well. We have been to the last five finals.

“Heading to Willowbank Raceway, I have had more success there than anywhere and with the business (Newby Engineering) back in Sydney, it’s like a bit of a holiday each time we come here.

“The facilities are excellent and I always look forward to heading to Ipswich.”



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