Jake Chais-ing the bonus points in Alice Springs

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The next round of the Aeroflow Sportsman Drag Racing Championship heads to the outback on July 19-20 for the Desert Nationals at Alice Springs Inland Dragway.

One of the competitors looking to take full advantage of the 50 per cent travel bonus points is Jake Chaisty who finds himself in second place on the Super Stock charts just five points behind Mario Barbon.

Despite only competing in Perth this season, Chaisty has survived thanks to a round win and a runner up placing at rounds two and three at Perth Motorplex earlier in the year.

But to win a Championship you need your fair share of luck and in this case the weather-affected rounds in Adelaide and Melbourne have been good luck for the Chaisty camp.

“We feel that if you can go into the final on close to the 300 (point) maximum and do well at the finals you should certainly be in with a genuine chance at the Championship,” said Chaisty.

“But there are several very good Super Stock Competitors that will be hoping to do the same. So whoever wins will have earned it.”

A strong showing in Alice Springs will go a long way to catapulting Chaisty toward the 300 point maximum with a 50 per cent bonus for points scored at the Desert Nationals awarded to all competitors, where at least one other Aeroflow Sportsman round is contested in the same season.

But it could also present Chaisty Motorsport with a tough decision to make.

“The bonus points for the event at Alice is a fantastic idea and great incentive to attract racers from all across the country,” adds Father and Crew Chief Geoff Chaisty.

“And with its location its pretty much a long haul for most people which makes the 50 per cent a fair reward pretty much regardless of where you’re coming from.

“The problem for us coming from Perth is that we still intend to compete in all the Motorplex events next season, and with the final of the Australian Championships possibly being only a week or so after the first round in Perth, we may need to do three trips across the Nullarbor over about an eight week period if we competed in Adelaide or Mildura as well. “It depends really on how things go at Alice, however if we can fit it (into our schedule) we would really like to do either Adelaide or Mildura.”

Image by High Octane Photos.


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