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MEET THE STARS BEFORE THEY HIT THE TRACK THIS THURSDAY

Article Date: 22 March 2011

Drag racing fans will have the chance to meet some of the stars before they hit Willowbank Raceway for the Australian Top Fuel Championships, with a special fan night planned for the Riverlink Shopping Centre foodcourt from 6.30pm this Thursday.

The official Top Fuel Championships event, to be held this Friday and Saturday (25/26 March), will see ANDRA Pro Series drivers from the Top Fuel, Top Bike and Pro Stock Motorcycle categories on the eve of the two-day event at Queensland’s premier drag racing facility.

Names such as Darren Morgan, Steve Read, Chris Matheson, Maurice Allen, Andrew Badcock and Glenn Wooster will be available to sign autographs, and fans can also take the chance to check out Read’s 7000 horsepower Top Fuel dragster which has been on display in the centre since Saturday March 19.

While they do so, HooZATT Entertainment will provide dance and comedy entertainment and event MCs Dean and Chad from the ANDRA Pro Series television program will regale the fans with drag racing stories, conduct question and answer sessions with the drivers and give away prizes.

Willowbank Raceway Managing Director Steve Bettes said the event was not one to be missed for any drag racing fan.

“With the Top Fuel Championships at Willowbank Raceway rapidly approaching, the fan night at Riverlink Shopping Centre is the perfect chance to wish some of the drivers well ahead of Friday’s qualifying,” said Bettes.

“Fans will have the chance to meet drivers from the ANDRA Pro Series brackets of Top Fuel, Top Bike and Pro Stock Motorcycle, who will be signing autographs, while Dean and Chad from ANDRA TV will be giving away prizes including merchandise and tickets to Friday’s action.”

The fan night is the conclusion of an in-centre promotion being held at Riverlink Shopping Centre, where fans have had the chance to talk to a Willowbank Raceway representative in the food court this week, go in the draw for tickets to the Castrol EDGE Winternationals, and receive a $5 discount off the gate price for this weekend’s Top Fuel Championships.

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.

PROMOTIONAL EVENT INFORMATION: TOP FUEL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Wednesday March 23, 2011
Glenfords Tool Centre Archerfield promotion
• Where: 496 Boundary Road ARCHERFIELD QLD 4108
• When: 12.00pm – 5.00pm 20% of all Sidchrome Stock, 2.30pm – 4.30pm – Sausage Sizzle, games and prizes
• Contact: Amy Rayner, DBC2, 0421 803 826

Thursday March 24, 2011
Glenfords Tool Centre Capalaba promotion
• Where: 227 Old Cleveland Road CAPALABA QLD 4157
When: 12.00pm – 5.00pm 20% of all Sidchrome Stock, 2.30pm – 4.30pm – Sausage Sizzle, games and prizes
• Contact: Amy Rayner, DBC2, 0421 803 826

Willowbank Raceway Top Fuel Championships Fan Night
• Where: Riverlink Shopping Centre, Foodcourt, Cnr Down Street & The Terrace - North Ipswich
• When: 6.30pm – 7.30pm, including autograph session, entertainment and prizes
• Contact: Amanda Cobb, BAM Media, 0421 378 789


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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