Wayne Newby on his way to winning the Top Fuel bracket at Friday night's Thunder meeting. Photo: Dave Reid
Wayne Newby on his way to winning the Top Fuel bracket at Friday night's Thunder meeting. Photo: Dave Reid Dave Reid

Thunder-ous action lights up Willowbank strip

DRAG racing competitors at the latest Santo's Super Thunder meeting showed why the event is becoming a popular Easter tradition.

Many of the quickest and fastest racers in the country battled for honours over the Willowbank Raceway quarter mile.

The action-packed show on Friday included the country's finest sportsman racers keen to win the elusive Gold Christmas Tree.

The leading racers involved in the 400 Thunder professional series led the way down the drag strip at more than 400km/h.

Those racing in Top Fuel, Top Bike, Pro Alcohol and Pro Stock provided thrilling action and high emotions at the Ipswich venue.

The Top Fuel final was between Darren Morgan and Wayne Newby.

With the Rapisarda trophy up for grabs, the Rapisarda Autosport International team gave it everything.

Newby emerged victorious over Morgan, taking home a gold Christmas tree and the Louie Rapisarda trophy.

Some of the closest racing in recent memory was witnessed over three rounds with the finals of Pro Stock coming down to two of the heavy-hitters in Lee Bektash and Aaron Tremayne.

Tremayne proved too strong for Bektash, taking a thrilling final with a 7.00 @ 194.94 pass.

Top Bike featured a duel between Chris Porter and Chris Matheson with Porter securing the win.

This year's Top Alcohol bracket attracted a huge field with super consistent passes.

In the end, it was all about Jon Sting as he took the win in his dragster.

The winners gained a massive boost leading into the 50th Anniversary Winternationals from June 8-11 at Willowbank.



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