AUS: Undefeated racer shoots for four at Willowbank

Fifteen year-old Junior Dragster driver Tim Morton shares the same undefeated season record as profile Top Fuel campaigner Johnny Cowin and is hoping to keep that record intact at Willowbank Raceway on March 6 when the Ipswich facility hosts the...

Fifteen year-old Junior Dragster driver Tim Morton shares the same undefeated season record as profile Top Fuel campaigner Johnny Cowin and is hoping to keep that record intact at Willowbank Raceway on March 6 when the Ipswich facility hosts the National Open featuring jet dragsters.

Morton, of Laidley, will look to secure his fourth straight track championship victory and continue his reign as the most successful Willowbank Raceway drag racer this season.

His unchallenged run has included a memorable and impressive win during the Australian Drag Racing season opener, the iTEL Community Telco Drag Racing Nationals last November.

"I was runner up at the iTEL Nationals the previous two years so to finally secure the title was absolutely unbelievable," said Morton.

"I'm not doing anything different this year but the luck is finally starting to come around and that's reflected the results this season.

"I've been working hard to keep my reaction times low from the start and consistently recording around the .42 second mark which makes it a bit easier."

Before this season the first year apprentice diesel mechanic hadn't captured a significant title but was already showing his potential in the street series where he has finished top of the points table the past three years.

Despite his outstanding performances this season which have seen Morton secure championship finals victories over the current second, fourth and fifth placegetters in the junior dragster bracket, the level-headed teenager isn't getting ahead of himself and is content just to ride the current wave of success.

"I'd never really set any major goals before this season but with how things have panned out I'd be thrilled to capture my first track championship this season.

"Drag racing takes up the bulk of my time and this success is made even sweeter considering we're on an extremely limited budget.

"The entire family has helped out with the production of the Profile Cabinets junior dragster and even before we started out we'd bought a lathe and a heap of other tools to do all the grinding, drilling and welding to build the frame that's powered by a Honda engine.

"I'm realistic about any long term goals in the sport as it costs a heap of money to run the bigger brackets so if I can get out there and compete in street series I'd be happy with that."

Willowbank Raceway is renowned for it's reputation as a base for aspiring drag racers and the way things are going that trend is set to continue.

"South Queensland division has had a stranglehold on the Junior Dragster bracket at a National level for some time now and it is always gratifying to see a continual flow of talent coming out of the Willowbank Raceway," said Raceway General Manager Harry Rowsell.

"We'll have 26 junior dragster drivers competing on March 6 so anyone who wants to capture vital track championship points will need to be at their best.

"We're looking forward to an action-packed program featuring jet dragsters that consistently reach speeds in excess of 500 km/h.

"Once again our student discounts apply and children 13 and under are admitted free."

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.

For further information on Willowbank Raceway events call the Raceway office on 3849 6881 or visit www.willowbank-raceway.com.au

March 6, 2004 -- Featuring Jet Dragsters

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

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

Student Prices: (must show id)
General Admission $16
Pit Admission $24
Children 13 and under are free

Qualifying from 9am, racing from 4pm

-wbr-

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