NZ Drag Racing Nationals blazes up this weekend!
The biggest race meeting on the NZ Drag Racing calendar is only days away and also concludes the NZ Championship series for this season. The big boys of NZ drag racing are out for this weekend’s NZ Nationals at Fram Autolite Dragway in Meremere. Qualifying is scheduled for this Saturday (19 March) with the racing happening this Sunday (20 March).
Because of the shortened season it’s anyone’s title and with a record list of pre entries perhaps the racers have realised the Championship is theirs for the taking. There is no judging in drag racing and not many chances to gain ground if you don’t get your ducks in a row, you either have your act together or you don’t and when races are won or lost by thousandths of a second a tenth is an eternity, sometimes you need a little luck on your side too.
“It’s been a tough season for racers and many will be putting a lot of effort into their performances at this event because of the cancellation of the Masterton event a few weeks back, the NZ Nationals and Century Batteries finals are turning into a gun fight to the end” said NZDRA CEO Chris Tynan. A gun fight is something Championship Drag racing is often referred to – you’re quick or you’re done. Done meaning no chance of coming back for a rematch.
“Top Alcohol at the NZDRA Northern Nationals produced possibly the most exciting racing ever seen in New Zealand with many 5 second 400kph performances from all but a few of the field, and with their times being mere tenths of a second behind the leaders” said Tynan.
The sport has something for everyone at the Nationals with the whole range of NZDRA classes vying to qualify for a good position in the field Saturday so they have the best opportunity to be the Nationals winner and possibly New Zealand Champion, all in one race meet!
Access to the pit area is included in event tickets, and you can stand by and watch the crews thrashing on their vehicles trying to make the next round.
Out of the thirteen NZDRA categories only one Championship is secure, a couple have a mathematical chance but are unlikely to take over the lead and the remainder, lets just say the favourites are not always in the best position. Anyone in the top six could take it this year and one thing for sure, is they’re all in the NZ Nationals to win it and a Championship just may fall into their lap.
Event Information: NZDRA New Zealand Drag Racing Nationals & Century Batteries Power Series Championship Finals
Fram Autolite Dragway – Meremere
Gates open 8.00am
Qualifying Saturday 19th from 10.00am
Racing Sunday 20th February from 10.00am
Feature brackets: Castrol Edge Top Alcohol and Castrol Edge Top Doorslammer.
Racing also from: Digga Competition, K & N Performance filters Top Street, DJ Race Fuels Sport Compact, Permaseal MLS-R Super Sedan, Fast Parts Super Street, Competition Bike, Supercharged Outlaws, Modified, Modified Bike, Junior Dragster & Super Gas.
General Admission Price: - Saturday 19th March 2011 – $20.00 – Sunday 20th March 2011 – $25.00 – Under 12 Free – No EFTPOS