Australian Professional Drag Racing (APDR) have signed an agreement with the “Nitro Up North” event to expand the 400 Thunder Drag Racing Series at Hidden Valley Drag Strip.
Discussions are now in the final stages with Calder Park Drag Racing, and Adelaide Drag Race Promotions as well as Perth Motorplex and Alice Springs Inland Dragway not too far behind, in order to continue towards a united National Group One Series for Australian Drag Racing as part of the 400 Thunder Series. We are aiming to a positive outcome for the inclusion of all tracks in the growing 400 Thunder Drag Racing Series.
This means that both ANDRA and IHRA (Australia) licence holders are now in a position to compete together at all 400 Thunder Group One rounds in a single Championship Series at selected tracks around Australia. Competitors in the 400 Thunder Professional Championship Series will be able to purchase an event licence where their home track is operating under an alternative sanctioning body.
The Sanctioning body for each individual venue will remain unchanged, however $50 AUD Event licences and complimentary Tech Inspections will be offered to those racers not holding that tracks sanctioning body licence, as long as the racer holds a current licence equivalent to the bracket you have entered.
The 400 Thunder Sportsman Series will be run at Sydney Dragway and Willowbank Raceway. The Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series will be run alongside the 400 Thunder Group One series at Hidden Valley Drag Strip, and additional tracks as the series expands.
The new 400 Thunder 2017/2018 Australian Championship Season will kick off next month at Darwin's magnificent Hidden Valley Drag Strip on the 21st -22nd July 2017 which will also be the opening round of the 2017/2018 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series.
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All tracks running standalone 400 Thunder Sportsman Series events or Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series events will remain unaffected.
This announcement comes after extensive discussions by all parties and is believed to be the best direction for the Sport of Drag Racing in Australia.
A full calendar is being discussed by APDR and the Tracks and will be released very soon.