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RECORD NUMBER OF RACERS ANSWER THE CALL FOR POINTS-PAYING DEBUT OF 2013

Article Date: 15 February 2013

A record number of competitors have signed up for this Saturday’s Super Sportsman event at Willowbank Raceway – the venue’s first track championship points-paying event of 2013.

At the close of entries, 125 racers had signed up for the event across its nine race brackets – the largest entry field for a regular track championship round at Willowbank Raceway since May of 2011.

Amongst them are Pro Stock stars Aaron Tremayne (multi-time Australian Champion), Kirsten and Shane Tucker and Denis Whiting – who will be testing out his brand new Pro Stock Pontiac GXP.

There will also be 13 racers in the SuperComp bracket, which will feature eight Sport Compact cars including those of well-known racers Archie Kajewski and New Zealand’s Rod Harvey and Reece Macgregor.

Also set to turn heads in SuperComp will be fast femmes Christine Steffens and Kelly Corbett who will make their debut in the bracket, while Louie Galea will appear in SuperComp with his impressive Chevy Coupe.

The records don’t stop with the overall entry list either with a record nine entries for this year’s Track Championship chase for the Allstar Batteries Supercharged Outlaws bracket, with father and son team Bill and Josh Fletcher a pairing to watch amongst a star-studded field of blown alcohol sedans, dragsters and altereds under the hands of experienced racers such as Daniel Reed, Matty Watts and Matthew McKnight.

Willowbank Raceway Managing Director Steve Bettes said racer support of the event was evident in each and every class on the entry list.

“The strong entry lists are not limited to the SuperComp and Supercharged Outlaws brackets, with big numbers also to be found in the Powercruise Super Sedan (33), Knijff Earthmoving Modified (18), Gasoline Alley Harley Davidson Modified Bike (15), Donnelly Blasting Services Junior Dragster (15), Prime Signs/Speed Elec Super Street (12) and Super Gas (5) brackets,” said Bettes.

“With this number of racers across nine brackets, the racing action is going to be fast and furious at Willowbank Raceway this Saturday - that is for sure.

“A full day of qualifying and racing is scheduled from 9.00am, so I can’t encourage everyone enough to come out and sit in our grandstand for a perfect view of all of the action – it is going to be a great day out!”

Super Sportsman events at Willowbank Raceway are run in a two-part format.

Part one of the event, featuring competition for Willowbank Raceway Track Championship Points, sees qualifying open at 9am for the Modified, Super Sedan, Super Street, Modified Bike, Junior Dragster and Super Gas brackets, who will run two qualifying sessions each. The SuperComp, , Supercharged Outlaws brackets will also enjoy qualifying sessions at 10am, 12pm and 2pm.

Racing for the Modified, Super Sedan, Super Street, Modified Bike, Junior Dragster and Super Gas brackets will be conducted in the normal elimination format from 12 noon to 4.30pm while the SuperComp, Supercharged Outlaws brackets will commence racing from 5pm with a two round format plus a final.

Also from 5.00pm, part two of the event will kick into gear for the competitors of Modified, Super Sedan, Super Gas and Super Street , who will be combined in a range of brackets based on their qualifying ETs from the morning’s qualifying and split into Quick 32, Mid 32, and Lower 32 brackets. These ET brackets will run on the traditional elimination format. During part two of the event racing will also be conducted for the bike and Junior Dragster brackets with a two round shootout plus final format (pairings drawn randomly by Willowbank Officials) in place.

For more information on this weekend’s event or a full season event calendar, please visit www.willowbankraceway.com.au. Willowbank Raceway is Queensland’s premier drag racing facility, located 45 minutes from Brisbane or just a short drive from Ipswich, offering a year-round program of events for the entire family. For more information and a full event calendar, please visit www.willowbankraceway.com.au

EVENT INFORMATION: SUPER SPORTSMAN EVENT – 16 FEBRUARY 2013
Racing from: SuperComp, , Allstar Batteries Supercharged Outlaws, Knijff Earthmoving Modified, Powercruise Super Sedan, Prime Signs/Speed Elec Super Street, Gasoline Alley Harley Davidson Modified Bike, Donnelly Blasting Services Junior Dragster, Super Gas.

Tickets:
Adults: $20.00
Students with ID: $18.00
Children 13 years and under gain free entry

Schedule:
Gates open 7.00am
9.00am – midday – two qualifying sessions for all brackets
Midday – 4.30pm: racing for all brackets
From 5.00pm – ET racing for Modified, Super Sedan, Super Street, Junior Dragster and Super Gas
Please check www.willowbankraceway.com.au for full up-to-date scheduling information

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