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CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWDOWN AT CASTROL EDGE WINTERNATIONALS

Article Date: 7 May 2010

The Castrol EDGE Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway (June 10-13) are shaping up as a ANDRA Pro Series barn-burner after Sydney’s penultimate championship round at the weekend saw a number of the title fights set to come right down to the wire.

The title chases for Top Fuel, Top Doorslammer and Pro Stock are all very much undecided heading into the Queen’s Birthday long weekend event, which will take place at the Ipswich quarter-mile over four days, Thursday – Sunday.

Martin Stamatis, Phil Read and Phil Lamattina are fighting it out in a red-hot rivalry for the flame-throwing Top Fuel title, while West Australian Robin Judd is hoping to secure his maiden crown in Top Doorslammer while defending Champ and fellow West Aussie John Zappia and Sydney winner Maurice Fabietti hope to stop him.

In Pro Stock, which enjoyed a 16 car field at Willowbank Raceway in April and also at the weekend, defending dual Champion Aaron Tremayne took back his place at the top of the standings and will be fighting to stay there with Lee Bektash, Aaron’s brother Tyronne and John Barbagallo all looking to see that he doesn’t wrap up a third consecutive title.

In Top Alcohol and Pro Stock Bike things look like they may be all but mathematically wrapped up with Gary Phillips and Andrew Badcock looking comfortable ahead of John Cannuli and Phil Howard respectively, with the pair only needing to stage for qualifying to secure their titles.

However, in Pro Bike especially a curveball could see the title turned on its head, with the wife of season standout Badcock expecting a child right around the time of the event. If Badcock does not stage for qualifying, it is possible that second-placed Phil Howard could pull off a coup if he can make the most of the opportunity.

In Top Bike, racing will be for pride, with Queenslander Chris Matheson – racing in his debut pro season – wrapping up the title in Sydney ahead of Jay Upton with a win at Sydney Dragway.

Willowbank Raceway Managing Director Steve Bettes said he couldn’t wait to see the championship picture unfold at the largest drag racing event outside of North America.

“We are expecting over 500 racers to enter for the June 10-13 event, and with so many categories seeing their championships far from decided I am expecting some amazing racing and high emotions,” said Bettes.

“These racers come from all across the country and all ranges of Australian drag racing, from ANDRA Pro Series brackets to Rocket All Stars Racing catgories including everything from Junior Dragsters to Supercharged Outlaws to Modified Bike to Super Street.

“The Castrol EDGE Winternationals is always an event of high emotion given its position on the season calendar, and this year will be no different with so many brackets so close in the stakes.

“Entry for children 13 years and under is free, and we will have roving entertainment and children’s rides in place making it a perfect family event.

“There will be plenty to see and do in pit lane where spectators can get up close and personal with the teams as they prepare for racing, and no end of action on track.”

The Thursday June 10 to Sunday June 13 event will host the championship ANDRA Pro Series final rounds for Top Fuel, Top Alcohol, Top Doorslammer, Pro Stock, Morgan & Wacker Top Bike and Morgan & Wacker Pro Stock Bike as well as final championship rounds for all of the sportsman brackets. For more information, schedules or to purchase tickets, please visit www.willowbankraceway.com.au

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