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RIVERLINK TO HOST DRAG RACING ELITE

Article Date: 16 March 2011

A taste of the quarter-mile will take up residence in Ipswich’s Riverlink Shoppping Centre next week, in the lead up to Willowbank Raceway’s Top Fuel Championships (March 25 and 26).

From Saturday March 19th until Thursday March 24th, the foodcourt of the popular shopping centre will play host to local Top Fuel star Steve Read’s 7000 horsepower Top Fuel machine, accompanied by a Willowbank Raceway representative who will be on hand to talk to shoppers about the sport while giving out discounted entry vouchers for the Top Fuel Championships.

The elite level event, to be held across March 25 and 26, will feature six flame throwing 7000 horsepower Top Fuel dragsters, eight nitro powered Top Bikes and ten highly developed Pro Stock Motorcycles, alongside an impressive range of 190 sportsman vehicles.

Those visiting the Wilowbank Raceway stand will not only receive a five dollar discount off their entry ticket to the March event, but also will have the chance to enter a draw for a double pass to June’s Castrol EDGE Winternationals – the largest drag racing event outside of the US.

The stand will be in place until the promotion concludes with a special fan night in the centre’s foodcourt from 6.30pm – 7.30pm on Thursday the 24th of March, where fans will have the chance to meet some of drag racing’s stars.

Willowbank Raceway Managing Director Steve Bettes said the Riverlink promotion was the perfect chance for anyone interested in the sport of drag racing to have a closer look.

“The Top Fuel Championships at Willowbank Raceway are fast approaching, and in the days immediately running up to the event we will be taking the chance to get up close and personal with the fans at Riverlink Shopping Centre,” said Bettes.

“From the Saturday preceding the event, shoppers will have the chance to ask questions, enter for prizes, and gain a discounted entry voucher for the Top Fuel Championships, while having the chance to check out the awesome Top Fuel car owned by Steve ‘Pommy’ Read.

“Then come Thursday night, we will close off the promotion with a fan night, with stars of the ANDRA Pro Series on hand to meet and greet the fans and sign autographs, while Dean and Chad from OneHD’s ANDRA Pro Series television program give out prizes and tell drag racing stories as we gear up for two big days of racing action on-track.”

The Willowbank Raceway stand and Steve Read’s Top Fuel car be in the Riverlink Shopping Centre foodcourt from Saturday the 19th of March until Thursday the 24th of March, and will be the place for all the info on Willowbank Raceway’s upcoming events, including the Top Fuel Championships, Queensland Auto Spectacular and the Castrol EDGE Winternationals.

Tickets for the Top Fuel Championships are available now through www.willowbankraceway.com.au, and start at just $35 for adults per day, with students with ID gaining a discounted entry. Children 13 and under gain free entry to the event, which will kick off on Friday March 25 at 4.00pm with qualifying, including ANDRA Pro Series qualifying at 5.00pm, 7.00pm and 9.00pm. Saturday March 26 will see the on-track action get underway from 11.00am, with ANDRA Pro Series racing from 5.00pm and finals for all categories including the Pro racers from 8.30pm (all times approximate and subject to change)

While March is full of action, April also has its own fun to offer, with the all-new Queensland Auto Spectacular to be held at Willowbank Raceway on Sunday April 10.

Willowbank Raceway's official website - www.willowbankraceway.com.au - is the place to go for more information on ticketing and upcoming events, including the season-ending Castrol EDGE Winternationals.

The Queen’s Birthday long weekend event will take place across Friday June 10 – Monday June 13. Featuring all of the ANDRA Pro Series brackets as well as the Rocket All Stars Racing Series making their final fights for their championships, fans are guaranteed non-stop action.

For more information and calendar dates please visit www.willowbankraceway.com.au

UPCOMING EVENT INFORMATION: TOP FUEL CHAMPIONSHIPS:

Racing from:
Feature brackets: Top Fuel, Top Bike and Pro Stock Motorcycle
Racing also from: Lifestyle Floor Coverings Competition, Lifestyle Floor Coverings Super Stock, Super Compact, Competition Bike, All Star 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.

Ticketing: tickets available online at www.willowbankraceway.com.au or at the gate:
General Admission:
Adult Admission – Friday March 25 2011 - $35.00
Student/Concession Admission – Friday March 25 2011 - $25.00
Adult Admission – Saturday March 26 2011- $35.00
Student/Concession Admission – Saturday March 26 2011 - $25.00

Adrenalin Club – includes Admission – limited seating:
Adrenalin club - Friday March 25 2011 - $75.00
Adrenalin club – Friday March 25 2011 - $30.00
Adrenalin Club – Saturday March 26 2011 - $75.00
Adrenalin club – Saturday March 26 2011 - $30.00

Reserved Grandstand seating - does not include admission:
Startline Club Seat – Friday March 25 2011- $16.00
Startline Club Seat – Satudray March 26 2011 - $16.00

Schedule:
Timings are approximate only and subject to change – be sure to check www.willowbankraceway.com.au for schedule updates closer to the event.

Friday March 25, 2011
On track action from 4.00pm
ANDRA Pro Series Qualifying 5.00pm, 7.00pm, 9.00pm

Saturday March 26, 2011
On track action from 11.00am
ANDRA Pro Series Racing from 5.00pm, 7.00pm and finals for all brackets including ANDRA Pro Series from 8.30pm

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