Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Slick New Format on a Willowbank Winner; Mouth-Watering Two-Day Easter Action Sure to Delight Fans with a Need for Speed

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Slick New Format on a Willowbank Winner; Mouth-Watering Two-Day Easter Action Sure to Delight Fans with a Need for Speed

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Byline: Geoff Egan geoff.egan@qt.com.au

EASTER drag racing will return to Willowbank next year with a C[pounds sterling]Twenty20C[yen] style racing format.

The new format, dubbed SantoCOs Cranes Super 3 Extreme Drag Race, will see two championship rounds raced in one event with winners crowned on Friday and Saturday, March 29-30.

Willowbank Raceway managing director Steve Betters said the event will begin with a qualifying pass for all cars, followed by an elimination round.

From this round, the two quickest winners will go into an A final and the third and fourth quickest winners will proceed to a B final, as per the three- round format introduced this season. Once the winner is crowned on Friday, the full field for each bracket will get ready to do it all over again on Saturday.

C[pounds sterling]It really is a radical shift from the tournament-style format the spectators and the racers are used to, providing the chance for all entrants to the appropriate brackets to run at least twice each day, and three times each day for the finalists, rather than first having to qualify one day only to perhaps be eliminated in the first round the next day,C[yen] Bettes said.

C[pounds sterling]After more than three years of development by Willowbank Raceway and many months working closely with ANDRACOs new CEO Malcolm Bulley, I am so excited to be able to say everything is in place for this exciting new concept in Australian drag racing.

C[pounds sterling]Answering the calls of the fans for more on-track passes from their favourite professional race categories, and rewarding the competitors for their efforts by giving them more chances to get their prized rides into the finals, I really feel this new format is an exciting experiment for the sport of drag racing, much like the Twenty20 format was for cricket.C[yen]

The SantoCOs Cranes Super 3 Extreme Drag Race will feature the Louie Rapisarda Trophy Race honouring the Top Fuel driver Louie Rapisarda who passed away in 1990. …

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