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REIGNING TWO-WHEELED CHAMPS LOOKING FOR WINTERS GLORY NEXT WEEKEND

Article Date: 28 May 2015

 When it comes to the ultimate level of drag racing competition in this country, it is not just dragsters and funny cars on four wheels which keep fans entertained all across the country.

Nitro-powered Top Fuel Motorcycles and impressive Pro Stock Motorcycles impress on two-wheels amongst the professional ranks, with 16 of these weapons set to take to Willowbank Raceway next weekend to play their part in the biggest show in Australian drag racing – the Fuchs Winternationals (4-7 June).

The defending event winners in each bracket – Chris Matheson (Top Fuel Bike) and Luke Crowley (Pro Stock Bike) - will lead the way for their fellow two-wheeled compatriots. As a three-time former national champion and current two-time national champion respectively, these riders can be expected to leave nothing on the table.

“As the last round in a short season, the Fuchs Winternationals are going to be absolutely huge,” said Matheson.

“Willowbank Raceway is our home track and we have won the Fuchs Winternationals event three times and been to the final on two other occasions only to be rained out before greeting the starter. On top of that it is also the home of our Australian record on our previous bike ‘Nitro Voodoo’ – so it is safe to say that we know the ropes, we just need to step it up, and you can be guaranteed we will be pulling out all the stops when it comes to next weekend.

“After winning the first round of a five-round championship earlier this year and then running into trouble at the Perth double-header before round four was rained out, we aren’t in a mathematical position to challenge for a fourth championship with just the one round left to run. What we do have potential to do though is to take second position from 2013 champ Chris Porter, and that is definitely our goal.

“We will also be looking to go after the V Twin ET record for Australia of 6.37 seconds currently held by championship leader Mark Drew – when our bike was in the States with USA champion Doug Vancil it ran more than a tenth quicker than that marker, so we are hopeful that after more track-time we can look to really chase after some low six-second efforts.”

Two-time and defending Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Crowley has been taking a time-out this season following a knee reconstruction, but is ready and rearing to launch back into the sport he loves starting with next weekend’s Fuchs Winternationals. The event will see him debut a brand new Pro Stock Motorcycle ahead of plans to expand to a two or even four-bike team.

“While away from racing I have purchased a newer rolling chassis that I had ridden for the previous owner in testing, and I am in talks to bring a two-bike team to the track for next season, and possibly even expand that even further to a four-bike line-up depending on how things go,” said Crowley.

“The Fuchs Winternationals for me is my home race, after growing up only a few kilometres from the track I have raced more events and done more rounds than I could possibly count down the Willowbank Raceway quarter-mile.

“After 20 years of racing I can truly say that the Winters is the big show of drag racing here in Australia, everyone wants to race at this event – it is the must-do event on the calendar. Everyone will be going fast, and Pro Stock Motorcycle will be a class to watch that is for sure.

“The last few years have been very kind to me and I have been able to come away with the ‘gold Christmas trees’ from the last two Fuchs Winternationals I have competed in, so it is fair to say that I have high expectations for myself and my team to put on the best show that we can – hopefully we can use the best weather conditions and the best prepared track to make it stick and see if some records can be broken - that’s the goal this year.

“While we will be debuting a new bike, it has raced at the track before and also in the United States’ NHRA as well – so it is a proven bike and I believe it is going to be capable of great performances.”

ABOUT THE FUCHS WINTERNATIONALS

The Fuchs Winternationals is the jewel in the crown of Willowbank Raceway and the Australian drag racing industry.

A truly iconic event, not only is the Fuchs Winternationals the largest championship drag racing event held outside of North America, it is also the final championship round of the season for all of the country’s drag racing brackets.

From the amazing flame-throwing Top Fuelers right through to Junior Dragsters, every single bracket that competes for national championship honours will be on-track at the Fuchs Winternationals, with more than 500 cars and bikes from all over the country expected to be on-track over four big days of racing.

This guarantees non-stop action all day from Thursday 4 June to Sunday 7 June both on and off the track, with thrilling racing complimented by a wide range of things to see and do in the pits and spectator entries – all amongst an awesome festive atmosphere.

Spectators have a range of viewing options available to them, from finding a grassy spot on ‘the hill’ to general admission and reserved grandstand seating; while corporate guests have a range of options available from the permanent fixtures of the instantly recognisable Willowbank Raceway corporate centre and the Bendigo Bank Corporate Club to the purpose-built Sky Marquee of the Fuchs Winternationals.

Tickets are on sale online now. Looking to bring the family? Don’t forget that children aged 13 and under gain free admission, while students with ID and Concession Card Holders can access discounted entry (terms and conditions apply). 

For full event information, please 
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TICKET PRICES

Individual day tickets – General Admission - CHILDREN AGED 13 AND UNDER GAIN FREE GENERAL ADMISSION
Thursday 4 June 2015 
- General Admission – Adult - $20.00
- General Admission – Student 14 and over and Concession Card (Age and Disability Only) Holders (MUST SHOW ID) - $15.00

Friday 5 June 2015

- General Admission – Adult - $40.00
- General Admission – Student 14 and over and Concession Card (Age and Disability Only) Holders (MUST SHOW ID) - $20.00

Saturday 6 June 2015
- General Admission – Adult - $50.00
- General Admission – Student 14 and over and Concession Card (Age and Disability Only) Holders (MUST SHOW ID) - $35.00

Sunday 7 June 2015
- General Admission – Adult - $50.00
- General Admission – Student 14 and over and Concession Card (Age and Disability Only) Holders (MUST SHOW ID) - $35.00

Multi-day tickets – General Admission - CHILDREN AGED 13 AND UNDER GAIN FREE GENERAL ADMISSION
- General Admission - Friday 5 June and Saturday 6 June – Adult - $70.00
- General Admission - Friday 5 June and Saturday 6 June – Student 14 and over and Concession Card (Age and Disability Only) Holders (MUST SHOW ID) - $40.00 
- General Admission - Saturday 6 June and Sunday 7 June – Adult - $80.00
- General Admission - Friday 5 June and Saturday 6 June – Student 14 and over and Concession Card (Age and Disability Only) Holders (MUST SHOW ID) - $50.00
- General Admission - Friday 5 June, Saturday 6 June and Sunday 7 June (inclu. Complimentary Thursday 4 June access) – Adult - $120.00
- General Admission - Friday 5 June, Saturday 6 June and Sunday 7 June (inclu. Complimentary Thursday 4 June access) – Student 14 and over and Concession Card (Age and Disability Only) Holders (MUST SHOW ID) - $90.00

Reserved seating (purchased in addition to GA ticket)  
- Grandstand Seat - Thursday 4 June – NO RESERVED SEATING, FREE ACCESS
- Grandstand Seat – Friday 5 June – NO RESERVED SEATING, FREE ACCESS
- Grandstand Seat – Saturday 6 June 2015 - $12.00
- Grandstand Seat – Sunday 7 June 2015 - $12.00
- Startline Club Seat – Saturday 6 June 2015 - $16.00
- Startline Club Seat – Sunday 7 June 2015 -$16.00

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