Back-to-back success is a real possibility for Top Doorslammer driver Gary Phillips when he returns to Ipswich's Willowbank Raceway on April 24/25 for the Tin Top Titles featuring Top Doorslammer and Travelaire Tours Pro Stock.
Just three weeks ago in Sydney the Brisbane drag racer broke through for his maiden victory, elevating him into the top five of the ANDRA Australian Top Doorslammer Championship.
Prior to the round Phillips and his crew redesigned the rear suspension on the car changing from a swing arm to four-link set-up.
It's hoped the modifications will ensure his competitiveness for the remainder of the season.
"We had a few teething problems early on but we now have more flexibility and are able to adjust the suspension to the varying track conditions and as can be seen by the result in Sydney it's now starting to pay dividends," said Phillips.
"Scott Leo from S&L Fabrications in Brisbane did a marvellous job and should be commended for his efforts in getting the car right.
"The best thing for us is the fact we were able to record a first up win in the Lucas Oil Products Studebaker without murdering any parts.
"We've stripped it down and it's still perfect so it's been put in a glass case until we roll it out for the Tin Top Titles on April 24/25.
Not unlike current Top Doorslammer and Top Bike Championship leader Brett Stevens, Phillips is a duel bracket competitor and the reigning Top Alcohol Australian Championship titleholder.
He currently holds just a 10-point lead in Top Alcohol over fellow Queenslander Dean McLennan and is looking forward to a busy schedule as the season ending, Willowbank Winternationals looms even closer.
"We've top qualified in both brackets about three times this year so it'd be nice to really up the ante as we approach the June 11-13 Winternationals.
"There's no dramas with the Doorslammer so we'll be raring to go during the Tin Top Titles in a little over two weeks then we'll head to Sydney on May 15 for the fourth round of Top Alcohol.
"The weather's cooling off up here in Queensland and particularly in Top Doorslammer there's the realisation among drivers that it'll require near record passes to capture the Tin Top Titles and Winternationals crowns.
"Brett Stevens has the target on his back as the most consistent performer over the past 18 months and he will certainly start favourite.
"In saying that there are three or four drivers that will also be a strong chance and we'll be looking for consistency and hopefully the rest will take care of itself.
"I think we can look forward to some big events at Willowbank Raceway over the next couple of months.
"Everyone's hungry and I'm tipping the likelihood of record fields turning out for the Tin Top Titles and Willowbank Winternationals."
The Tin Top Titles serves as the major preliminary event to the Willowbank Winternationals to be held on June 11-13.
The Ipswich City Council is fully committed to motorsport in the region and is an active member of the Carnival of Horsepower promotion that seeks to encourage the general public to attend three major events on the Ipswich sporting calendar.
The Willowbank Raceway Winternationals will be held on June 11-13, the Ipswich Turf Club will host the Ipswich Cup on June 19 while V8 Supercars are featured during the 6th round of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship series at Queensland Raceway on July 2-4.
Tin Top Titles April 24/25, 2004 -- Featuring Top Doorslammer and Travelaire Tours Pro Stock
Other racing includes: iTEL Community Telco Supercharged Outlaws, Lifestyle Carpets and Vinyl SuperComp, Morgan and Wacker Competition Bike, Quarter Motive Modified, Ultimate Financial Group Super Sedan, Ian Boettcher Race Parts Super Street, Whale's Motorcycle World Modified Bike, Queensland Diesel Spares Junior Dragster, Morgan and Wacker Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson
General Admission $24
Pit Admission $32
Students General (must show id) $13
Students Pit (must show id) $20
General Admission $30
Pit Admission $38
Students General (must show id) $16
Students Pit (must show id) $24
Children 13 and under are free
Adult 2 day pit pass - $68
Student 2 day pit pass - $56
Saturday qualifying from 1pm-9pm
Sunday racing from 1.00pm