U.S. star ready for last Down Under hurrah

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Frankie Taylor is preparing for the last hurrah of his current Down Under tour with Team Bray Racing, the upcoming ‘Northern Swing’ starting this weekend at the Hidden Valley Drag Strip.

Nitro Up North will be held at the Darwin race track across July 13 and 14, before TBR then heads to Alice Springs Inland Dragway the very next weekend for the Desert Nationals (July 21-22).

To make the most of it, Frankie’s daughter is making a special trip all the way from the United States to watch him race in the two back-to-back events with some sight-seeing along the way.

“To have my daughter along with my brother Paul here for the Nitro Up North and Desert Nationals events is going to be pretty special,” said Frankie.

“Paul has been by my side as a crew member throughout the entirety of my career, including here in Australia, and to have my daughter Emily join us really means a lot. Hopefully, I can put in an extra special performance for her and for TBR – one or two Pro Slammer wins would be a great thank you for TBR I think!”

For both events, Taylor will line-up alongside TBR stablemates Victor Bray and Ben Bray.

“We are very excited to be kicking off a new season, and to do so in Darwin is really great – there is a big car culture up there and there is always a big crowd for Nitro Up North,” Victor said.

“It is going to be a huge team effort up North in July – first we have Nitro Up North and then the Desert Nationals and we will be looking to give Frankie a good send off as well; I can’t wait to see what we can do on this special Northern Swing.”

After finishing the 2017/2018 400 Thunder Pro Slammer championship in fourth place, Ben Bray is hoping to get his championship chase off to a strong start.

“It was great to be in amongst it last season and hopefully this season we can make sure we are up at the pointy end from the beginning with some great results in Darwin and Alice Springs,” Ben said.

“We have three rounds of testing on Friday to start with, ahead of the popular all-run format on Saturday – with 12 Pro Slammers entered it is going to be exceptionally competitive, so the Nitro Up North fans better be ready for a big weekend ahead!”

Nitro Up North will be held at the Hidden Valley Drag Strip across July 13 and 14, with the Desert Nationals following quickly after across July 21-22 at the Alice Springs Inland Dragway. For more event information, visit www.hiddenvalleydrags.com.au and www.cadra.com.au.

Heading to Nitro Up North or the Desert Nationals? Remember to tag your Team Bray Racing captures with #teambrayracing and #gulfwesternoil for a chance to be featured on the TBR Instagram account (Instagram.com/teambrayracing).

To keep up to date with all of the latest news from TBR, visit www.teambrayracing.com, follow the team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teambrayracing, or interact with them on instagram (#teambrayracing).

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