Pine Mountain ace defies nerves to secure top honour
PINE Mountain racer Tony Whyatt might have compared the nerves heading to the final round of the Queensland Drag Racing Championships to those that surround the biggest event of the year - the Winternationals.
However, that didn't stop him from taking out the title in the Super Sedan bracket last weekend.
Whyatt (pictured) was one of three racers capable of taking out the big trophy at the last event of the year.
But even with 14 years of drag racing behind him, he was feeling the nerves.
"It was very good to take that out - the QDRC championships are very hard to get these days, very hard,'' he said.
"You basically have to have a consistent car all year, a reliable car, and yourself as a driver have to be on point for the whole year.
"There are a lot of good racers in our championship so it is pretty tough, so it is a good achievement.
"I was pretty nervous.''
Whyatt thanked his dad Merv, son Rudi, Richard Sadler, Pine Mountain Performance and Jeff Paroz of Australian Chrome Engineering for their support.
After knocking out championship contenders Paul Doeblein and David Morris earlier in the event, Whyatt had the championship in the bag by the time his semi-final loss arrived.
"I had to race Paul Doeblein in the second round and that was a make or break race as he could have taken the points, so when I knocked him out that was a big relief," Whyatt said.
"Then I raced David Morris who was the next contender, and I was able to beat him so once that was done, we knew we had the championship done and dusted.
"Because of that, I probably wasn't as 'on it' in the semi-final as I could have been, and I missed the light."
Whyatt's victory comes hot on the heels of taking out the Eighth Mile Drag Racing Series Ice Slushee championship.
The 42 year old said he will be back to defend both titles in 2016.
"I will definitely be back racing next year, it has been a very good year and I will certainly be back to defend both of those titles in 2016," Whyatt said.
"I wasn't really expecting to take them both out as in drag racing, you can never expect too much.''