Winters warm-up to provide early form guide

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One week to go until 2011 Castrol EDGE Winternationals (Friday June 10 – Monday June 13)

This Saturday and Sunday June 4 and 5 will provide the perfect early form guide for the 2011 Castrol EDGE Winternationals as entrants take the opportunity to test their high powered machines at the official Winters Warm-up weekend ahead of the June 10-13 event at Willowbank Raceway.

The Castrol EDGE Winternationals is an entertainment extravaganza held annually across the Queen’s Birthday weekend and is expected to provide an economic injection of millions of dollars into the South East Queensland region.

Traditionally the ‘warm-up’ has been held on the Sunday immediately preceding the event, however in 2011 it moves to an exciting two-day format, allowing fans two full days to get a sneak peak of the action before the racers battle it out during the largest drag racing event outside of the US. Adults can attend each day for just $20 with students with ID gaining discounted entry and children 13 and under free – visit for full entry details.

Willowbank Raceway Managing Director Steve Bettes said he expected to see some big numbers run by the ANDRA Pro Series competitors over the two days as they look to milk every last inch of speed and power from their racing machines.

“The Castrol EDGE Winternational is the biggest event of the year, and whether racers are fighting for championships or not, fans are guaranteed edge-of-your-seat, emotion-charged racing as everyone tries their best to secure a prestigious Gold Christmas Tree trophy,” said Bettes.

“We will be hosting more than 500 racers at the track here over Friday June 10-13, with more than 150 taking the opportunity to test this weekend.

“With so many racers on track, I really encourage the fans to come along and take in all the action, and get a early taste of what will be frenetic racing action come Friday the 10th of June all the way through to Monday June 13.”

Testing action at the Winters Warm-up will get underway from 10.00am on Saturday the 4th of June until 7.00pm, before starting up again from 8.00am to 4.00pm on Sunday the 5th of June. Adult entry is $20 per day, students with ID gain discounted entry at $18 per day and children 13 and under have free entry. For more information please visit

The Castrol EDGE Winternationals will kick off from 9.00am on Friday the 10th of June with qualifying for the sportsman categories and the first round of qualifying for Pro Stock at 5.00pm, which is racing with a 16 car field. Racing is expected to finish at approximately 8.00pm Friday, picking up again from 8.00am on Saturday the 11th of June with continued sportsman action and qualifying for all ANDRA Pro Series brackets (12.00pm – 5.30pm approx) with an estimated finish time of 8.00pm.

Sunday sees the action continue from 8.30am with the final qualifying rounds of the ANDRA Pro Series from 12.00pm to approximately 5.30pm before Monday sees Finals day arrive with the opening ceremony at 10.30am and Eliminations racing for the ANDRA Pro Series at 11.00am, 1.00pm and Final rounds for all brackets from 2.45pm, with an estimated finish time of 4.00pm.

More than 85 racers at the elite level of competition in Australia, the ANDRA Pro Series brackets of Top Fuel 7), Top Doorslammer (20), Top Alcohol (14), Top Bike (12), Pro Stock (21) and Pro Stock Motorcycle (12), will be joined by more than 420 sportsman racers on track for the Castrol EDGE Winternationals.

Children aged 13 and under are able to gain free admission to the Raceway during the Castrol EDGE Winternationals, and students with ID are able to gain discounted entry. One-day, two-day and full-event passes are all available – for more information, to purchase tickets and for schedules, please visit

Willowbank Raceway is Queensland’s premier drag racing facility, hosting year-round racing including four ANDRA Pro Series rounds per year including the Castrol EDGE Winternationals. For more information, please visit


Feature racing: Top Fuel, Top Doorslammer, Top Alcohol, Pro Stock, Top Bike, Pro Stock Motorcycle

Also racing from: Lifestyle Floorcoverings Competition, Lifestyle Floorcoverings Super Stock, Super Compact, Competition Bike, Allstar Batteries Supercharged Outlaws, Knijff Earthmoving Modified, Powercruise Super Sedan, Speed Elec/Prime Signs Super Street, Modified Bike, Donnelly Blasting Services Junior Dragster and Super Gas.

(Approximate and subject to change – visit
for updates)
Friday June 10
On-track qualifying action from 9.00am – approximately 7.30pm
Pro Stock Qualifying at 5.00pm

Saturday June 11

On-track action from 8.00am – approximately 8.00pm
ANDRA Pro Series Qualifying from 12.00pm – approximately 5.30pm

Sunday June 12

On-track action from 8.30am – approximately 6.30pm
ANDRA Pro Series Qualifying from 12 noon – approximately 5.30pm

Monday June 13
On-track action from 8.30am – approximately 4.30pm
Opening Ceremonies – 10.30am
ANDRA Pro Series racing at 11.00am, 1.15pm and all finals from 2.45pm

Ticketing – tickets available for purchase from

NB: General Admission = access to the spectator mound and paddock area
NB: Multi-day passes are available for pre-purchase through the Willowbank Raceway website only, no at-gate purchase of multi-day passes will be available

General Admission Tickets:

One-day passes
Friday June 10 – Adult General Admission- $20.00
Friday June 10 – Student/Concession General Admission (Must show ID) – $20.00
Saturday June 11 – Adult General Admission – $50.00
Saturday June 11 – Student/Concession General Admission (Must show ID) – $42.00
Sunday June 12 – Adult General Admission – $50.00
Sunday June 12 – Student/Concession General Admission (Must show ID) – $42.00
Monday June 12 – Adult General Admission – $50.00
Monday June 12 – Student/Concession General Admission (Must show ID) – $42.00

Two-day General admission pass (available in Saturday/Sunday or Sunday/Monday format):
Adult – $90.00
Student/Concession (must show ID) – $75.00

Three-day General admission pass
, including complimentary Friday General Admission:
Adult – $140.00
Student/Concession (must show ID) – $110.00

Reserved seating (price DOES NOT include admission), available for Saturday, Sunday and Monday:
Startline Club – $16.00 per day
Grandstand – $12.00 per day

For information on corporate options at the Castrol EDGE Winternationals, please visit

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