Maddy Hogerheyde and Nicole Ker at the Winternationals at Willowbank.
Maddy Hogerheyde and Nicole Ker at the Winternationals at Willowbank. Sarah Harvey

Winternats crowds don't miss out

IT WAS cloudy with a chance of smoke at the Winternationals over the weekend, but smatterings of rain didn't deter the hordes of drag racing fans eager to enjoy the on-track action.

The weekend's program featured qualifying rounds for Pro Stock Bikes, Top bikes, Pro Stock cars, Top Alcohol cars, Top Fuel cars, Top Doorslammers and Factory Xtremes.

Early morning and night-time elimination rounds ran for Super Street, Super Sedan, Modified Bike and Junior Dragster sections.

Willowbank Raceway managing director Steve Bettes said audience numbers would likely reach 40,000 by the time the four-day event finished tonight.

"The numbers for Saturday were up on last year, and we had a good turnout (yesterday) morning even though the rain probably drove a few people away," Mr Bettes said.

"It's not even proper rain, it's just a pathetic sprinkling, but it means that Sunday's schedule has been delayed by an hour or two."

Mr Bettes said racing fans were well and truly making up for last year's missed Winternationals event.

The 2011 Winternationals were initially postponed and then cancelled due to rain.

Enthusiast Mick Moskwa said his two sons were enjoying their first drag racing event.

"It's the first time they've been to something like this," Mr Moskwa said.

"It's great to be able to show them all the Top Fuel and Pro Stock cars."

Mr Bettes said the competition would peak today, with an opening ceremony at 10.25am, followed by competition rounds from 11am and the finals from 3pm.



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