Tony Whyatt was 2015 Super Sedan champion in the JP Racing Eighth Mile Drag Racing Series.
Tony Whyatt was 2015 Super Sedan champion in the JP Racing Eighth Mile Drag Racing Series. Contributed

Willowbank to host grand final of next year's drag series

WITH the JP Racing Eighth Mile Drag Racing Series confirmed for 2016, Willowbank Raceway is set to again host the popular grassroots venture following a record-breaking year.

For the seventh year running, Willowbank Raceway will play a part in the series, which will also travel to Benaraby Raceway (Gladstone), Warwick Dragway and Ironbark Raceway (Roma).

In 2016, Willowbank Raceway will be the venue for the grand final round on September 24.

This year, the series attracted record entry numbers at each venue. It also offered a thrilling title chase that saw three racing categories so close that it wasn't until the last race that a winner could be found.

Series organiser John Winterburn confirmed all bracket sponsors have signed on to continue into 2016, as has naming rights sponsor JP Racing.

"This year has seen record entries of more than 100 racers at all of our venues, some unbelievable racing, and an overwhelming amount of support from racers, officials, fans and sponsors alike," Winterburn said.

"We couldn't do this without their support and the support of the racers, the tracks and the officials who have gotten behind this series year after year. We can't wait to see what 2016 will bring after what was our best year yet in 2015.

"We have a great season coming up.''

The 2016 series starts at Warwick on February 20.

It will feature racing in Outlaws, Modified, Super Sedan, Super Street, Modified Bike and Junior Dragster categories.

"The support we have enjoyed from the racers and wider community of Ipswich each year has been greatly appreciated, and we can't wait to be back in 2016,'' Winterburn said.

Key dates

2016 JP Racing Eighth Mile Drag Racing Series

  • Round 1, February 20: Warwick Dragway
  • Rd 2, April 23: Benaraby Dragway, Gladstone
  • Rd 3, August 6: Ironbark Raceway, Roma
  • Grand final, September 24: Willowbank Raceway.