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Article Date: 5 June 2014

The FUCHS Winternationals has kicked off at Willowbank Raceway under blue skies today before 16 of the sport's stars headed to Redbank Plaza for a free community fan night.

With more than 400 racers and an estimated 30,000 spectators set to visit the Raceway by the close of proceedings Sunday, the FUCHS Winternationals is the largest championship drag racing event held outside of the USA. 

Qualifying for a number of sportsman categories hit the track today, with Junior Dragster and Prime Signs/Speed Elec Super Street completing all of their qualifying runs today with Caleb Oberg and Shawn Taskis top qualifying for their respective brackets. Qualifying for the rest of the brackets will continue tomorrow from 8.00am, with group one on track from 1.00pm. For event information and schedules,
click here.

As the on-track action wrapped up, 16 drag racing stars headed to Redbank Plaza for a free fan evening including entertainment, giveaways and an autograph session. 

On-site were Phil Lamattina, John Lamattina, Phil Read and Peter Xiberras (Top Fuel), Gary Phillips (Top Alcohol and Top Doorslammer), John Zappia and Stuart Bishop (Top Doorslammer), Grace Howell (Pro Stock), Chris Porter, Neville Smith, Gordon Crawford, Gavin Spann and Terry Burnett (Top Fuel Motorcycle) and Luke Crowley and Maurice Allen (Pro Stock Motorcycle) along with Supercharged Outlaws racer Chris Van’t Hof.

FUCHS racer and reigning Top Doorslammer champion John Zappia said he was pleased to meet some of the fans at Redbank Plaza this evening.

“It was really great to see the fans come out to Redbank Plaza tonight and my fellow drivers and I had fun meeting them and signing some autographs,” said Zappia.

“We are really looking forward to the FUCHS Winternationals, hopefully we can get a good result for FUCHS this year – things are shaping up well and it is sure to be a great event.”

The action continues at the FUCHS Winternationals Friday from 8.00am with group one on track from 1.00pm until approximately 5.30pm, ahead of further qualifying on Saturday and race day Sunday.

For full event info including event schedules,
click here.

For spectators, tickets are available at the gate with Student and Concession Card (age and disability pension only) holders with photo ID gaining discounts, while children aged 13 and under gain free entry. For full information, please visit www.willowbankraceway.com.au or click here.

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 including a full event calendar, please visit

Feature racing:
Top Fuel, Top Alcohol, Top Doorslammer, Pro Stock, Top Fuel Motorcycle, Pro Stock Motorcycle
Other racing includes: Competition, Super Stock, Super Compact, Competition Bike, Donnelly Blasting Servies Supercharged Outlaws, Knijff Earthmoving Modified, Powercruise Super Sedan, Prime Signs/Speed Elec Super Street, Modified Bike, Junior Dragster, Super Gas and Factory Xtreme.


Please go to
http://www.willowbankraceway.com.au/events/detail.aspx?EventGroupID=89 for the latest event scheduling information.

- Student/Concession (MUST SHOW PHOTO ID). Concession prices are for age and disability pension only.

Friday 6 June 2014:
- Adult - $40.00
- Student/Concession – must show ID - $20.00

Saturday 7 June 2014:
- Adult - $50.00
- Student/Concession – must show ID - $35.00

Sunday 8 June 2014:
- Adult - $50.00
- Student/Concession – must show ID - $35.00

For more information on tickets, scheduling and the event, please visit

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