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Northern Territory drag racer, Matt Abel, will again make the long trek south to Melbourne to compete in the True Blue event at Calder Park on Saturday and Sunday, January 22-23.

Rob Pilkington has continued his good start to the WA Top Comp Championship as he took a runner up position in the Force Equipment/Alutech Funny Car at Perth Motorplex on December 26.

Fresh from their United States drag racing excursion, Mark Mariani and the Rapisarda Racing Top Fuel team will be ones to watch this weekend as they seek to convert the lessons learned in the States into a New Year Series event win at Willowbank Raceway.

New Pro Stock team PRE/Goldfingers Racing is hoping that Round Two of Willowbank Raceway’s New Year Series will be the scene of their racing debut after ‘new car blues’ saw them fail to qualify for the season-opening Nationals in September.

Brisbane drag racer Debbie Reed continues to rest following her qualifying crash in her Allstar Batteries Top Alcohol dragster during round one of the 2011 New Year Series at Willowbank Raceway.

The world’s quickest Commodore will return to Perth Motorplex this weekend, with the aim to bounce back from a two month stretch that Maurice Brennan will file away as character building.

The Jet Dragsters returned to Sydney Dragway for the first time in over 6 years, but the weather gods rained on their parade.

Speedflow Products Pty Ltd, Australia’s leader in production of performance hose fittings is pleased to announce the release of its comprehensive 2011 product catalogue.

The Australian National Drag Racing Association has today launched a "Volunteer Steward Drive" in the Northern Australia division. With the eminent re-opening of the Hidden Valley Drag Strip in Darwin more officials are required for the exciting sport of Drag Racing.

The ANDRA Pro Series moved to Willowbank Raceway for the first round of the New Year Series with Top Fuel and Top Alcohol but that old nemesis rain wiped out a result.

A blazing hot Boxing Day at Perth Motorplex saw four Nitro Funny Cars and about 200 sportsman racers turn up to compete.

 

The Boxing Day Nitro Funny Car event is coming up at Perth Motorplex in just a few days.

Taking an innovative path to success on the drag strip has been WA racer Bobby Brown, using an engine more commonly found in street cars than high performance dragsters.

The ever-popular fire-throwing Nitro Funny Cars will return to Willowbank Raceway next Friday and Saturday (14/15 January) for Round Two of the New Year Series, and one racer the fans should keep their eye on is Damien Harris.

Forty years, 33 ‘Gold Christmas Trees’, 15 National Championships, countless records and a lot of hard work from the whole family – these are the elements that make up the remarkable career of Hillcrest professional drag racer Gary Phillips.

Robin Judd says startline tactics used against him at the Goldenstates event in Perth recently were 'controversial'.

Willowbank Raceway regrets to announce the cancellation of next week’s round two of the New Year Series, scheduled for Friday the 14th and Saturday the 15th of January.

New generation high-tech drag race cars will race in Victoria for the first time at Calder Park on Saturday and Sunday, January 22-23.

Mark Mariani will start a journey this weekend (January 2-3) at Willowbank Raceway (Ipswich) that will see him race against the best Top Fuel drag racers in Australia and America over the next four months. 

To win a Nationals is the aspiration of many drag racers but to win two in a row is an elite feat not many will ever achieve.

The popular annual Day Of The Drags nostalgia private day at Sydney Dragway has been expanded to a open 2 day old school extravaganza.

Rod Bailey has been one of Nitro Funny Car's longest supporters, since his team's debut in 1999. When the Nitro Funny Car show hits Willowbank on January 14/15 his team will be keen to put on a good show for the home crowd.

More than 150 drag racers from around the country will ring in the New Year with high-octane action this Sunday and Monday at Willowbank Raceway for round one of the New Year Series.

Rodney Rehayem suffered a serious accident behind the wheel of the world record breaking PAC Performance RX3 at yesterday's Sydney Dragway Test and Tune.

Following hugely successful inaugural events at Mildura’s Sunraysia Raceway and Melbourne’s Calder Park in 2010, the Slamfest style of eighth mile Top Doorslammer drag racing is now set to explode across the nation this year. Five events are now confirmed with at least another three expected to be announced in the near future when negotiations with venues are completed.

The Slamfest Series has been organised by Pro Modified Australia whose principals, Victor Bray, Maurice Fabietti and Peter Kapiris have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm shown for the concept by competitors, fans and track promoters alike.

 “We got together and decided if eighth mile racing was taking over in the USA we should give it a go here. As soon as we talked to Doorslammer racers they were all for it so we thought we’d start  low key with the Mildura event but it proved to be huge and set the track attendance record. Then in November over 16,000 came to our race at Calder Park in Melbourne which was fantastic. Since then it has just taken off and we’ve been flat out keeping up with the enquiries we’re receiving about running events all over the place,” commented Victor Bray.


All Slamfest events will receive extensive television coverage with one hour shows on Speedweek on SBS and Inside Speed on Foxsports plus stand alone one hours self titled Doorslammer shows on FuelTV, Foxsports HD and for international distribution. An additional 30 minute Full Noise show will also appear on Foxsports.


Maurice Fabietti was keen to point out the Slamfest Series is not intended to replace traditional quarter mile drag racing. “What we’re doing is providing additional opportunities for Doorslammer racers over the eighth mile distance and in a different format to normal elimination racing. We’ve been careful to arrange our calendar so there are no clashes with Pro Series rounds and in fact have geared dates so it’s as easy as possible for Doorslammer racers to compete in both series. We’re all about taking Doorslammer racing to new areas and more people, putting on a great show for the fans and creating an improved financial return for the racers themselves.”


The 2011 Slamfest Series will kick off on January 22-23 with the Australian Eighth Mile Doorslammer Championships at Calder Park Raceway in Melbourne. Round 2 is set for February 5 with the South Coast Slamfest for Wishes at Portland Victoria in support of the Make a Wish Foundation. The Doorslammers then return to Mildura on April 2-3 for Round 3. The next confirmed event on the calendar is at North Queensland’s Palmyra Dragway in Mackay on June 25 before the Slammers head back to Melbourne’s Calder Park Raceway for the Grand Final in November.

Day two of round one of Willowbank Racweay's New Year Series has been abandoned due to wet weather.

Self-confessed ‘Nitro Funny Car Tragic’ Ron Atholwood will be making his comeback to the quarter-mile after a decade away for Willowbank Raceway’s New Year Series on January 14 and 15.

Mark Belleri may only be in his first full season of ANDRA Pro Series Top Doorslammer drag racing, but he isn’t letting that get in the way of taking on the big guns.

Warwick Dragway are pleased to announce that on the 4th and 5th June 2011 they will be holding the inaugural “JUNIOR DRAGFEST”

Round one of Willowbank Raceway’s New Year Series has gotten off to a steamy start with sunny skies welcoming the Top Fuel and Top Alcohol racers to day one at the Ipswich facility this afternoon.

Not really a rumour but a racer update. At last Saturday’s test and tune in Sydney the Saratoga ran 6.74 followed by a 6.71

 

On behalf of the members of the Pro Stock Owners Association (PSOA) we would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our members, fans and sponsors a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

The newest team to hit the ranks of the ANDRA Pro Series is set to make their debut January 14 – 15 at the second round of the ANDRA Pro Series at the Willowbank New Year’s Series. Prior to their time in Pro Stock, the team has spent many years in the Super Stock divisions, where they have held numerous Australian records.

Last night fifty-one year old Debbie Reed of Brendale suffered a high-speed crash during qualifying for the Top Alcohol category at Willowbank Raceway’s New Year Series (round one).

Drag racing fans will enjoy a late Christmas present with an action packed episode of SBS Speedweek covering the Slamfest 2 event at Calder Park Raceway in November set to be broadcast this Sunday December 26.

 

High-octane racing is what it will all be about at Willowbank Raceway this New Years, with round one of the New Year Series set to kick off on January 2 and 3.

Gary Phillips has claimed his third straight “top speed” and second straight “low elapsed time” from a rain ravaged third round of ANDRA Pro Series Top Alcohol last weekend, and despite the event not reaching eliminations status, the Lucas Oils Team bagged every bonus point on offer.

Robin Judd is hopeful a new partnership will help him regain the (Australian National Drag Racing Association) ANDRA Pro Series Top Doorslammer championship lead at Willowbank Raceway, Ipswich, on January 14-15. 

The Mildura Franchisee of well loved QSR brand – Hungry Jack’s – has signed on as naming rights partner of leading Top Fuel team Darren Morgan Racing.

After a marathon six days the new state of the art timing system for Hidden Valley Drag Strip is now installed. HVDRA's Jay Jukes and Clive Mainland spent most of the week shadowing Compulink's Bob Brockmeyer and Greg Barrett as they installed the new system.

"I have a new found respect for labourers after spending the last six days out in Darwin's heat" said HVDRA President Jay Jukes. "I must commend MacMahon on the extra help they provided to ensure the installation went to schedule, particularly Jeff Gardiner who was there every day helping with anything we asked."

The system includes a full suite of new timing sensors, a new starter tree featuring LED globes, wireless dialin boards and timeslip printers, as well as Australia'a largest green LED drag racing timing boards.

"We had a great turnout for the first training session on Tuesday night and it was an honour to learn all about the Compulink system from founding director Bob Brockmeyer."
"The new system includes a range of new additions that will enhance racing at Hidden Valley" said Jukes. "We will be spending the off season working through the new system and ways we can streamline the racing experience for spectators and competitors."
Features of the new Compulink timing system include;
• 1.5m high green LED display boards to show elapsed time, speed (in both kilometres and miles per hour), dialin and reaction time
• Remote mounted LED win lights 150m past the finish line so competitors know instantaneously if they won
• New LED wireless dialin boards
• New LED Christmas tree
• Wireless timeslip printers that will produce new format timeslips with all race information including both km/hr and mph as well as weather data
• Compulink Auto-Start - automates the starter sequence and prevents extended startline delays if an opponent does not stage at the startline
• Compulink Stagelock - ensures racers do not red light from a momentary roll back at the start line

Rob Tucker Racing is proud to announce a new major corporate sponsor to the team: Monster Energy.

 Welcome to Drag News Australia's event coverage of the first round of the New Years Series at Queensland's Willowbank Raceway.

Lamattina Top Fuel Racing have moved forward again for season 2010, announcing that world class print technology company Roland DG have stepped on board as an associated sponsor.

Reigning Australian Champion John Zappia gained valuable points in the ANDRA Pro Series Top Doorslammer Championship at the Goldenstates last weekend with a strong runner-up result in the Procomp Motorsport Monaro owned by Striker boss Craig Pedley.

After a tough opening round to the ANDRA Pro Series Pro Stock action, Mopar Pro Stock racer Lee Bektash is looking for a vastly improved performance at the 2nd round at Queensland’s Willowbank Raceway.

Heading into the Willowbank Pro Series round with just three points separating them from the series lead, team Newby are looking for some solid track performances this weekend.

Motor racing legend Bob Jane, today (Wednesday, December 22) unveiled Calder Park Raceway’s 2011 drag racing program. 

Maurice Brennan is licking his lips rather than his wounds as he now focuses on his next attempt at running ANDRA Pro Series Drag Racing in March next year.