Willowbank Nationals preview

Adding to an action packed weekend during the 38th iTEL Community Telco Drag Racing Nationals will be the assembling of some of Australia's top sports men and women at Willowbank Raceway during the Ross Llewellyn Holden Celebrity...

Adding to an action packed weekend during the 38th iTEL Community Telco Drag Racing Nationals will be the assembling of some of Australia's top sports men and women at Willowbank Raceway during the Ross Llewellyn Holden Celebrity Challenge.

Friday night will see Brisbane Broncos hard men Dane Carlaw and Corey Parker go bumper to bumper in the V8 one tonners, with Parker going into the encounter as favourite.

"Corey's old man has been on the drag race scene for a while and I'm sure he's been over the quarter mile himself a couple of times," said Carlaw.

"With experience on his side he'd have to start favourite but I just can't wait to get out there and you never know what could happen on the night."

It will be a case of a rose among two thorns on Saturday night when Australian Hockeyroos golden girl Nikki Hudson clashes with Brisbane Lions premiership winning player Richard Hadley and Lions young gun Dylan McLaren.

"I love getting behind the wheel of fast cars and when you add in a bit of competition I think it brings out the best in my driving," said an enthusiastic Hudson.

"I'm a huge fan of drag racing and I intend to get out to the Raceway early and take in a few tips from some of the drivers who'll be competing in the iTEL Nationals."

Wrapping up a massive Ross Llewellyn Holden Celebrity Challenge will be the on-track arm wrestle between the iTEL Nationals Grand Marshal, Brisbane Lions superstar Jamie Charman and former Australian Ironman champion Guy Andrews.

Charman duelled with fellow Lion Jason Akermanis as part of last week's launch of the iTEL Nationals and the scoresheet finished at two wins apiece across the quarter mile.

But the 21-year old ruckman believes he's now well and truly tuned to secure a fast time.

"I'm a lot more confident going into the celebrity challenge because I know I had Akers measure when we raced last week," said Charman.

"Guy may be a little exhausted after competing in the Mark Webber Challenge in Tasmania last week and I'm ready and raring to get back out onto the track.

"As Grand Marshal I'd like to welcome everyone along to the iTEL Nationals because it's guaranteed to provide three exciting days and nights of top class motorsport action."

The 38th iTEL Nationals enjoys the continued support of the Queensland Government through Queensland Events and the Department of Sport and Recreation.

38TH iTEL Community Telco Drag Racing Nationals Fast Facts
(November 21-23)
Program schedule:
Friday Qualifying from 9.00am
Main Program 5.00pm - 9.00pm
Saturday Qualifying from 9.00 am
Main program 4.00pm - 9.00pm
Sunday Early Racing from 9.00 am
Main program 2.00pm - 9.00pm

Ticketing:
General admission for each day is $32.
Students (id required) $18
Children 13 and under free
Pit access -- additional $8
3 day pit pass - $95
2 day pit pass - $78
2 day Reserved seating - $18 per seat -- Saturday and Sunday
3 day Corporate Club - $340 per person
For tickets phone 07 3849 6881 or book on line at www.willowbank-raceway.com.au and go to the Online bookings link.

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

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