AUS: Willowbank summary 2004-03-07

Willowbank Warms To Jet Powered Feature It was four years in the making but the fuel charged excitement of jet dragsters was well worth the wait for fans at Willowbank Raceway last night as the International showdown reached fever pitch. The...

Willowbank Warms To Jet Powered Feature

It was four years in the making but the fuel charged excitement of jet dragsters was well worth the wait for fans at Willowbank Raceway last night as the International showdown reached fever pitch.

The excitement produced by Gravity Storm and Volcano kept the crowd on the edge of their seats during two, heart pounding passes and the scorecard ended at one apiece as Australian Gary Miocevich maintained a 3-2 advantage over two events over American Chuck Haynes in the Down Under tour.

"Gary was just too strong for me at the outset, but it was good to level it up in the last pass of the night and we now look forward to carrying on our grudge match in Sydney next weekend," said Haynes.

"It was do or die for Chuck and he answered the call so full credit to him," added Miocevich.

"I'm still proudly waving the Australian flag with a one pass advantage and it's all up to Chuck to try and catch me over the next month."

In the uniquely Queensland iTEL Community Telco Supercharged Outlaws bracket Daniel Reed was once again a consistent performer but had to settle for second place when defeated by Troy Pearson in the final.

Lifestyle Carpets and Vinyl SuperComp spoils went to Trevor Maas over Peter Zelow.

Plenty of two wheeled action with John Parker continuing his dominance in Morgan and Wacker Competition Bike defeating Andrew Badcock, while the Screamin' Eagle Harley Davidson contest saw Mark Wacker triumph over David Stevenson and Whale's Motorcycle World Modified Bike honours going to Tammy Goldthorpe over David Rundmann.

Graeme Frawley reined supreme over Les Byth in Quarter Motive Modified while Ultimate Financial Group Super Sedan had George Wegener edge ahead of Steven Carpenter.

Guy Henry capped off a great night beating Andrew Balke in the final of Ian Boettcher Race Parts Super Street while an all-Fletcher affair in Queensland Diesel Spares Junior Dragster with brothers Dan and Sam doing battle and the latter triumphing.

Similarly, drivers from the RAAF fought out the Ross Llewellyn Motors Holden Celebrity Challenge with Group Captain John Ward upstaging Group Captain Kym Osley.

Willowbank Raceway General Manager Harry Rowsell admitted Friday nights terrible weather conditions across south-east Queensland may have affected the attendance figure, but most importantly those who turned out on Saturday night were treated to a thrilling spectacle.

"Jet dragsters are a unique brand of drag racing and once again Chuck Haynes and Gary Miocevich left the crowd wanting for more," said Rowsell.

"Our attention now turns to the Anzac Day Top Doorslammer, Pro Stock, Tin Top Titles double-header to be held on April 24/25, as Willowbank Raceway edges even closer to the Willowbank Winternationals 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.

-www.willowbank-raceway.com.au

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