Dave Reid

Feast of excitement at Willowbank precinct

WHILE another washed out weekend for the drags, dirt karts and roll racing was frustrating for everyone, it's a part of life.

The good news is the weather looks like it will be okay and it will be an even bigger weekend to kick off the year.

It's a double feast of drag racing this weekend, starting with the Lights Out Grudge Racing tonight (pictured).

A jaw-dropping entry list has been assembled. That includes a special appearance from Jeff Lutz from the USA in his 57 Chev thanks to Powercruise, Willowbank Raceway, Horsepower Solutions and Haltech.

These guys have put up the dollars to get one of America's best out to give us some real competition.

After the Street Series was rained out a couple weeks ago, we finally get to kick off the competitive drag racing season with the first round of the Queensland Drag Racing Championships.

This one should be a special Saturday night after a few washouts. Everyone should definitely be there.

Some exciting news just in is that Peter Xiberras will be testing his Top Fuel dragster.

The Ipswich Dirt Karts was also washed out last weekend.

Before the pin was pulled though, it was great to see so many young rookies preparing to start racing. It was a great increase from last season with word of more still to come, the future looks bright.

The newbies in Group 1 (a great field with 17 drivers) did very well with some good clean racing before the rain hit.

On Monday, Fabian Coulthard looked the goods in his DJR Team Penske car.

The return to the Shell livery for the DJR team was a bit nostalgic for me.

We should keep a close eye on Fabian in the opening V8 Supercar round at Clipsal 500 in a few weeks. They have another test day on Wednesday.

Today at Queensland Raceway are the ever popular Moto Ride days.

Tomorrow some lucky people hit the track for themselves in the V8 Race Experience.

Sunday is the big one, with Powerplay the one day Powercruise.


Key events

  • Tonight: Lights out Grudge Racing, Willowbank Raceway.
  • Tomorrow: V8 Race Experience, Queensland Raceway; QRDC, Willowbank Raceway.
  • Sunday: Powerplay, Queensland Raceway.
  • Wednesday: Test 'n' Tune- Bike Night, Willowbank Raceway.
  • Next Friday: Diesel Assault, Willowbank Raceway; Friday Night Drifts, Queensland Raceway.