For some it’s only a few minutes down the road while others it is 14 hour road trip to the Sydney Dragway track. Local drag racers from the Warrnambool and surrounding areas traveled to this years Nitro Champs, among them were group 1 racer Glenn Wooster, modified bike racers Tony Frost and Gavin Dohnt.
Glenn Wooster (above) made his way up into the semi finals but a red light of just 0.005sec handed the win over to Luke Crowley of Queensland, who would take the win in the class.
WADDRA club president Tony Front also made his way into the semifinals for the modified bike class, after some issues in the first few rounds of eliminations Tony had to replace a wheel bearing before racing again but was unable to cut a good reaction against Ron Adams of NSW in the semifinal.
Gavin Dohnt of Henty VIC took the win for his second time at Sydney Dragway to bring home the golden xmas tree. Being super consistent throughout the event took the win up against Brendan Sanders of Rowville VIC.
Other highlights of the meeting included the return of the Nitro Funny Cars, if you don’t know what a funny car is, it is where they take the engine from a top fuel dragster and put it in front of the driver in a car bodied drag car and if you don’t know what a Top Fuel is let the following video from the finals of Darren Morgan and Damien Harris.
Chris Matheson’s best ET was 6.098@215MPH on a motorbike!
Christine Steffens (yes she’s a girl!) powered her funny car deep into the 5 second zone.
If you have never seen what a world class drag strip looks like, here is some photos after the event.
The seated grandstand below the corporate boxes.
Look back towards the start line from around mid track.