The christmas tree has been activated on another Queensland Drag Racing Championship (QDRC) season, and the racers came out in force with nearly 200 entrants for round one last weekend. The event also doubled at the first round of the popular Kenda Tires 660 Drag Radial Series – here are the results.
A number of professional teams used the event to test including Peter Xiberras’ PremiAir Top Fuel Dragster that ran some low fives shutting off early.
A 5.99 from Stuart Bishop’s Pro Slammer, was the best from a bunch of slammer’s and Top Fuel Bikes.
Craig Urquhart also took the opportunity to test his B/GA Cutless which we have not seen before.
Check out Drag News Magazine’s testing video package
Racing for the QDRC classes is done Chicago Shootout style over three rounds, with the best performers meeting in a final – except for Super Comp which competes with the traditional elimination style.
In an eight racer Super Comp field, Omar Sedmak debuted his A/GA Cutless. Tony Bellert went red by a bunch in the final handing the win to Wade Moran’s A/APA Monte Carlo.
Drag New Magazine video action from Super Comp.
It has been a while, but it was great to see John Mol back on track in QDRC Outlaws.
The final was two dragster incarnations, Fred Westhoff’s sweet front engine variety faced off with Nathan Pullen’s rear engine machine, both racers went through the rounds undefeated. Pullen’s wheelstands don’t affect the dragster’s consistency – a 6.64 on a 6.62, too good for Westhoff.
Drag News Magazine video of the QDRC Outlaws.
The Modified final was an all family affair with Kellie Kidd aiming up against Dad Phil Bellert. No quarter was given with both racers breaking out, Kidd by the least to win the family dual. “This race has been my career highlight – what an honour to race my Dad, mentor, team mate and idol in the finals….very proud moment,” said Kidd on Facebook.
Neil Maxwell took no prisoners in Super Sedan, his GTO was the quickest car in the field by over a second and as it turned out the most consistent as well. Maxwell defeated Mitchel Bauer’s Torana in the final with a 7.443 on a 7.43.
Paul DeRoo stepped up in large Modified Bike field to take the win over Craig Banks with a 10.145 on a 10.10.
No surprises in Super Street, Robert Winterburn continued to add hardware to the trophy cabinet with a win over Rob Price.
In a new year for Junior Dragster where we have seen the leaving of some regulars only to be replaced by newcomers, like Tiana Cannuli.
Second gen racer Jett Willshire showed his wares with a holeshot victory over third gen racer Cooper Leahy.
More racing action by Drag News Magazine
Backing up the QDRC classes was round one of the Kenda Tires 660 Drag Radial Series with a whopping 52 entries – radial racing is certainly all the rage right now.
Wheelstands and radial racing go hand in hand.
Racing is simple – heads up pro tree over the eighth mile. In the Kenda 660 Kombat final Brian Ward picked up the cash – a cool $1000 – over Jason Seng in the final with a 6.104 to 5.812.
James Horan was the top qualifier with a 4.96.
The Mustang of Corey Darke out drove Jay Goodwin’s Capri 5.54 to 7.54 in the Kenda 660 Drag Radial Warz final.
Other awards were:
Speed City Quickest 235 – Luke Hauser 6.36.
Horsepower Solutions Quickest 275 – James Horan 4.91.
Gazzard Bros Quickest Leaf – Greg Emberley 4.94.
Haltech Quickest EFI – Jay Goodwin 5.35.
Performance Wholesale Most Consistent Radial Car – Sean Halsen.
RCE Perfomance Warehouse Best Reaction Time – Jason Seng.
All Carbitz Hard Luck Award – Doug Day.
Just Coffee Machine Racing Best Presented Car – Cameron Snow.
Radial action video by Drag News Magazine.
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