Willowbank, Australia racers ready for New Year event

The country's best drag racers have been confirmed for a start in the second round of the Australian Championship in the Top Fuel and Top Alcohol brackets, during an action-packed program at Queensland's Willowbank Raceway on January 3, ...

The country's best drag racers have been confirmed for a start in the second round of the Australian Championship in the Top Fuel and Top Alcohol brackets, during an action-packed program at Queensland's Willowbank Raceway on January 3, 2004.

Topping the bill for the New Year's motorsporting spectacular will be recent iTEL Community Telco Nationals victors Johnny Cowin and Gary Phillips as part of a classy field of more than 180 competitors.

Drivers will contest 11 categories during the day/night schedule, but it will be the action in Australia's top two professional brackets that will have fans on the edge of their seats.

"Johnny and Gary put together impressive packages to claim iTEL Nationals honours and we can expect much the same on January 3," said Willowbank Raceway General Manager Harry Rowsell.

"Competition in these two brackets was quite intense and I'm sure both drivers will realise they'll need to be on their game to once again claim maximum championship points from this meet.

"All it will take is for someone to receive a little luck in their Christmas stocking this year and any of the six drivers in Top Fuel and seven competitors in Top Alcohol could stake a genuine claim for second round Australian Championship honours."

Intensity will also be the order of the day in the major support classes as iTEL Nationals victors go all out to extend their leads in the Willowbank Raceway track championships.

Kevin Williamson (Modified Bike), Jeff Helmhold (Super Street), Phil Bellert (Modified) and George Wegener (Super Sedan) all enjoyed comfortable runs in the finals of the iTEL Nationals after their opponents red-lighted at the start.

To make the New Year's assignment even easier for this quartet their opponents last time 'round won't be in attendance on January 3, however it's an entirely different story in the other brackets.

"A talented field of 21 up-and-comers including iTEL Nationals finalists, Tim Morton and Nikki Klimek, plus Australian Champion Robert Adams will be pooled together in the Junior Dragster bracket.

"Reigning National title-holder John Parker and Kelvin Brittain reignite their rivalry in Competition Bike, iTEL Nationals runner-up Manda Bolam will be tough to topple in Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson, while Daniel Reed and Matthew Gilmour will hope to assert greater ascendency in Supercharged Outlaws.

"Adding to the entertainment mix will be a combination Super Stock and Competition bracket under the SuperComp banner and Super Sedan Electronic that has drivers running delay boxes that ensure consistent reaction times on each pass."

Rowsell is encouraging families to take advantage of Willowbank Raceway's traditional cut-price incentive, offering free entry to children under 13 years of age which will be an added bonus following the Christmas rush.

January 3, 2004 -- Featuring Top Fuel and Top Alcohol

Other racing includes: Supercharged Outlaws, SuperComp, Competition Bike, Modified, Super Sedan, Super Street, Modified Bike, Junior Dragster, Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson

Ticketing:
Adult Prices
General Admission $30
Pit Admission $38

Student Prices
General Admission $16
Pit Admission $24
Children 13 and under are free

Qualifying from 9am, racing from 4pm

Internet sites -- www.willowbank-raceway.com.au

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