Two ANDRA championship drag racing events will feature double header rounds this season with final approval being given from drag racing’s governing body for events at Perth Motorplex and Willowbank Raceway to use the trial format.
The events (Feb 1-2 Top Fuel in Perth and March 29-30 Top Fuel and Top Alcohol at Willowbank) will consist of two independent rounds of the championship on consecutive days, using the three round format (made up of a compulsory qualifying session, an elimination round and finals).
Each day will carry 60% points (excepting qualifying points which will be allocated at 100%) and prizemoney, meaning a total of a 20% bonus for racers for the same amount of runs, while fans will get to witness more racing and intense one-shot qualifying, providing more entertainment bang for buck.
ANDRA chief executive Malcolm Bulley said the double header events were in the style of V8 Supercars where races are held over multiple days and fans can enjoy both qualifying and racing action in the same day, getting the full scope of entertainment.
“For fans it is going to be an enjoyable experience, knowing they can attend for a day and get a self contained round in its own right with winners on each day and plenty of thrills,” he said.
“For racers it is more racing bang for their own buck in terms of travel expenses and so on. Now they can race for more points and prizemoney and have two shots at a race day for the big logistical effort of shipping a race team around the country.