Australia Willowbank Winternationals preview

Willowbank Winternationals shaping as biggest ever Willowbank Raceway officials are gearing themselves for what may be described as a potential popularity explosion in the sport of drag racing, thanks largely to the many major developments...

Willowbank Winternationals shaping as biggest ever

Willowbank Raceway officials are gearing themselves for what may be described as a potential popularity explosion in the sport of drag racing, thanks largely to the many major developments taking place throughout Australia.

The Ipswich facility has only recently undergone a major million dollar resurfacing project and with the impending opening of the new Western Sydney International Dragway later this month, the future looks even brighter for Queensland's home of drag racing.

"There's no doubt there has been genuine enthusiasm and many positive vibes filtering throughout the sport during the opening two months of the 2004 season," said Willowbank Raceway General Manager, Harry Rowsell.

"While anticipation towards the Sydney opening is generating a stack of interest, Willowbank Raceway has been keeping pace and the level of support from drag racing fans young and old appears to be getting stronger.

"That's great news as we head towards the Australian drag racing season finale, the Willowbank Winternationals on June 11-13.

"Already our corporate boxes are sold out, the Bendigo Bank Corporate Club seating which is available for individual seating is a third full and there's only limited seating still available in the Travelaire Tours Startline Club.

"So we're encouraging those who want to get the best seats to act quickly before the opportunity runs out."

Rowsell also confirms that reserved seating sales are tracking better than expected for this time of the year and with just over four months out from the Willowbank feature he's confident the 38th Winternationals will be a fitting end to a hugely successful season for the sport.

"We're almost at the stage where we'll need to implement a new Sky Marquee corporate club catering to tables of ten just to keep up with the demand.

"These are exciting times for Willowbank Raceway and the best thing for drag racing fans is that we have a smorgasboard of entertainment to whet the appetite in the lead up to the Winternationals."

On February 21 round two of Drag Combat will feature professional and amateur classes competing in hi-tech and import drag racing quarter mile challenges.

Drag combat was introduced into Australia at Willowbank Raceway during 2002 and has grown into a four round series contested in Sydney, Willowbank Raceway and Perth during 2004.

"March 6 is definitely a date to pencil in as the Australia versus U-S-A jet dragster challenge will be contested during another packed program.

"The jet dragsters haven't been seen here in Queensland for over seven years and with American Chuck Haynes throwing out the challenge to Australia's own Gary Miocevich this should ensure some tense racing.

"From there we're expecting plenty of home state support during the annual Tin Top Titles, featuring Top Doorslammer and Pro Stock on the weekend of April 24/25.

"When you have the likes of Victor and Ben Bray, Brett Stevens and Tony Wedlock featured on any program you can expect some intense racing and at such a vital time of the season where everyone's gunning for championship points the stakes will be even higher."

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, 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:
General Admission $16
Pit Admission $24
Children 13 and under are free

Qualifying from 9am, racing from 4pm

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