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The 400 Thunder Pro Slammer championship battle has continued between John Zappia and Paul Mouhayet as they went toe-to-toe at Santo's Summer Thunder in Sydney on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

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Top Fuel rookie Kelly Bettes showed the way to the experienced veterans of the class on night one of the Santo’s Summer Thunder at Sydney Dragway.

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In terrible news, Pro Stock Motorcycle racer George Vella lost his life in a workplace accident over the weekend in North Queensland.


Queensland's newest Top Fuel driver will get to display her skills in front of a Willowbank Raceway home crowd for the first time in competition at News Years Thunder on Saturday, January 6.

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Looking for some reading material? We're going back through our archives and uploading some free back issues of Drag News Magazine.


Leonard Azzopardi has been leading the no-bar bike brigade for many years with the bike dubbed "Quiksilver" - now meet "Outrun".


Pro Stock competitor Chris Soldatos will compete at South Coast Raceway’s South Coast 660 next weekend in close friend Craig Geddes’ Cavalier.


There is a new challenger for the 400 Thunder Top Fuel Championship on the scene and Willowbank Raceway's New Years Thunder event on January 6, 2018 could be the place where he makes his move for the points lead.

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It was a fine balancing act for current 400 Thunder Top Bike Champion Chris Matheson at the Santo’s Summer Thunder event at Sydney Dragway.

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A few teams took to Sydney Dragway ahead of Friday's official testing for Santo's Summer Thunder this Saturday, January 20, in the professional classes, and with the weather forecast to be on the very hot side, the track time may prove invaluable.

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There were many headlines made in the sport of Australian drag racing across 2017 - we've put together a list of the ten biggest news stories from our site based on the hits received.

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When Andrew Katavatis and the Beach Bomb Outlaw Nitro Funny Car thunder down the Perth Motorplex drag strip, you might have seen a very enthusiastic supporter watching from behind and cheering on its driver.

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She's the quickest woman on the world in two wheels - it's Sydney's Niki Zakrzewski and she tells us all about her fast progression in the sport, from mid life crisis to life at over 200mph aboard a nitrous-guzzling Suzuki in issue 29 of Drag News Magazine.

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Matt Czerny and his Mullins Dragster are currently leading the way in the Modified ranks of the 2017/2018 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series, which will enjoy its seventh round this weekend at Portland’s South Coast Raceway (January 20/21).


Australia’s number one Top Bike racer, Chris Matheson, is counting down the days until the Santo’s Summer Thunder round of the Australian 400 Thunder Championship on January 19 and 20 at Sydney Dragway.

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The Santos Summer meeting has received a major boost with NHRA star Ashley Sanford to race alongside her Rapisarda Autosport International team-mates Damien Harris and Wayne Newby.


The seventh round of the Summit Sportsman Series brought 170 racers to Portland on January 20, 2018 in what was the biggest ever event for the regional Victorian drag racing venue.

While Victor Bray and John Zappia have been the legends of Australian doorslammer racing for many years, there is one racer and team whose following continues to grow exponentially - Paul Mouhayet and Moits Racing.


John Zappia has returned to the top of the 400 Thunder Pro Slammer series with a textbook performance at Willowbank Raceway's New Years Thunder event.

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Western Australian drag racing fans will get to see a fresh category of racing as part of the Night of Fire at Perth Motorplex on December 30, with the APSA Outlaw Radial class hitting the track.


Sydney Dragway’s Santo’s Summer Thunder saw Team Bray Racing and the rest of the Pro Slammer field feeling the heat, with the temperature hitting 41 degrees on Saturday.

The ‘Nitro Madman’ Mark Sheehan believes Queensland’s ‘Chemical Warfare’ team have the upper hand ahead of the Nitro Slam this Saturday at Perth Motorplex.


We were saddened this week to hear of the passing of Victorian Top Bike staple Phil Parker. Always a smiling presence in the pits, Parker featured on the cover of issue 15 of Drag News Magazine with this feature. We'd like to bring it to you now so you can read his poignant comments on life, death and drag racing.

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Bill Farrugia is looking to take the performance that saw him top qualify at the last round of the Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series and convert that into an event victory at the upcoming South Coast 660 event.

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The South Coast 660 played host to more than 170 racers for what was the largest ever meeting for South Coast Raceway, with plenty of action unfolding over January 20 and 21 for what was round seven of the Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series.

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Jamie Robertson has been pushing his Mr Maniac II blown altered well past the manufacturing specs and now he has decided it is time to step up.

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The heat at New Years Thunder on January 6, 2018 proved no barrier to intense racing action, nor the thousands of spectators who poured through the gates of Willowbank Raceway for one of the biggest one day events in the venue's recent history.

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Bubbly, bouncy, high energy – all of these terms have been used to describe Californian Top Fuel drag racing sensation Ashley Sanford.

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Two 'big show' Nitro Funny Cars, three Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars, a nitro front engine dragster, nitro bikes and the Direct Mining and Industrial Summer Slam made for a fun night out at Perth Motorplex on January 20, 2018.

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I've been lucky enough to see some amazing racing around the world last year, from a near sold out Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars event in Perth, Western Australia to the craziness of Drag Week in the American midwest.

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It is with great sadness we report the passing of Top Fuel Bike racer Phil Parker.


John Zappia is one of the great record setters of Australian drag racing and one of the great things is most of them have been set in a time of internet video coverage! Let's go through the list...


Rookie Top Fuel driver Kelly Bettes took a stunning upset maiden win at round three of the 400 Thunder Top Fuel Championship at the Santo’s Summer Thunder in Sydney last night.

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When the 10,000 horsepower Chemical Warfare Nitro Funny Car returns to Perth Motorplex for the Nitro Slam on Saturday January 20, it will do so armed for bear.

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Peter Xiberras took an emotional win in round two of the 400 Thunder Top Fuel Championship at Willowbank Raceway in Queensland on Saturday night in front of one of the biggest one-day crowds ever seen in Australian drag racing.

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High expectations weighed on New South Wales drag racer Paul Mouhayet when he and the Moits Racing team announced they would be moving to compete in the 400 Thunder Professional Drag Racing Series, joining the ultra-competitive Pro Slammer division.

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Following a big day of qualifying for a 170+ field at South Coast Raceway today, tomorrow’s eliminations field is now set for what is round seven of the Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series.


He broke through for his first-ever ANDRA Christmas Tree at Mildura earlier this season, and since then Melbourne-based Supercharged Outlaws racer Tim Stewart hasn’t looked back.

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Australian drag racing legend, the Big ‘O’ Larry Ormsby has been named Grand Marshal for the New Year’s Thunder event at Willowbank Raceway on Saturday, 6 January 2018.


If there is an international driver in motorsport who has been to Australia more than Billings, Montana-based Chuck Haynes, we’d like to find them.


Western Australia's Tracey De Jager is no stranger to high speed on the drag strip, having wheeled the 'Nitrous Nanna' supercharged Thunderbird for a number of years, but her next step will take her into the wild world of Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars.

The last time Team Bray Racing competed at the Santo’s Summer Thunder event at Sydney Dragway, they locked out the final. It is no surprise then that 12 months on, the team is keen for a repeat performance this Saturday, January 20.

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The nitro sights and sounds of New Years Thunder at Willowbank Raceway this Saturday, January 6 won't be contained to the ground-shaking Top Fuel dragsters.

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The following has been released by Calder Park Drag Racing today, the 18th of December 2017.


Richie Crampton’s Top Fuel Dragster will display the Kalitta Air and DHL partnership in multiple races for the 2018 NHRA season.

Australia’s newest Top Fuel Harley motorcycle sensation Adam Layton is looking to go one step further at this weekends Santo’s Summer Thunder championship drag racing event at Sydney Dragway.

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Perth Motorplex put on a show on Saturday, December 30, 2017 with the running of the Night of Fire. Check out this gallery of photos from Jay Treasure!

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Rising NHRA Top Fuel star Ashley Sanford will return to Australia to drivefor Rapisarda Autosport International at Willowbank Raceway on January 6.