REPORT & GALLERY – Warwick Dragfest shines bright

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On the weekend of October 17th and 18th another very successful event was run at Warwick Dragway. This time, it was their annual showpiece, Dragfest, an event which has been running for over 10 years and attracts racers from as far afield as Melbourne and North Queensland.

All in all, over 220 racers converged on the iconic eighth mile track. Spread over eleven different brackets, there was plenty of variety from the Junior Dragsters right up to Supercharged Outlaws, and plenty in between. With amazing, albeit rather hot at times, weather blessing the track, plenty of great times were had both on and off the racing surface.

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One highlight of this event which has become a welcome trademark for many is the Saturday night get together. With plenty food and drinks supplied by the Warwick Drag Racing Club and lots of tall stories being told by the racers and crew members, a great time was had by all, all set to a soundtrack supplied by an excellent local covers band.

As a race meeting, Dragfest is amongst the best and continues to grow in both numbers and stature year after year. With Warwick having it’s very own round of the ANDRA Sportsman Series coming up, it was also a great opportunity to prove that the big events are in good hands at this awesome regional track.

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Dale Lee triumphed with his Commodore over Glenn Vos in the Street class, while in the Nostalgia Street class the big Falcon of Dave Flohr took out Mark Petersen in the final. No surprise Rob Winterburn chalked up another win in Super Street when he defeated Jason Bowers in the final.

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The Super Sedan winner’s trophy was claimed by Gary Siebenhausen in his Cortina over the Torana of Noel Green. Caleb Oberg in his penultimate Junior Dragster race overcame missing qualifying to wrap up a win over Teanah Littlewood 

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Sydney’s Jamie Robertsen has been in good form of late and made the trek north to conquer Modified in the Mr Maniac II altered after he upset gun racer Bob Frawley.

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Myles Kelly went the distance in Street Bike beating Jeremiah Hartman in the final, and Phil Halpin was too good in Modified Bike picking up a win over Shane Ball in the final round.
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The blown Torana of Andrew Lange was king in Supercharged Outlaws after defeating Darren Bazarnik’s wild altered.

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The Extreme Sedan class went to Wayne Heit in the ex Trevor Mass Super Stock Celica over Michael Schaper’s ’57 Chev Ute, and Shane Baker claimed the Radial class wars against Mark Sugar’s wheelstanding Falcon.


Report by Phill Burchell

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