By Casey O'Connor
The Warwick Dragway will play a significant role in the Drag Challenge Weekend this weekend. The street Machine Challenge is the toughest street car event on the Australian drag racing calendar and the three-day version returns to Queensland over the May long weekend and will be held between the Willowbank Raceway and Warwick Dragway. Over a hundred street cars from across Australia are expected to compete.
The quickest of these cars run in the seven-second zone however Drag Challenge Weekend isn’t just about speed. The cars and drivers have to negotiate a 700km long road course as they work their way from Willowbank to Warwick Raceway and back to Willowbank.
The premise simple; every entrant has to make at least one pass at each track. It is three days, three tracks and plenty of road miles in between. There are no car trailers or support vehicles. Drag Challenge Weekend is a gruelling event that places huge demands on both entrants and their vehicles.
The majority of the entries will come from Queensland however there will be a number of entrants from New South Wales and Victoria, plus a few from South Australia and even Tasmania.
Entries are still open and there are eight classes to choose from. For those who want to just come along and check out the action it’s only $20 per day and kids under 13yo are free. Weekend passes are also available for $70 and score a free t-shirt.
The programme: Friday May 3 – Registration; Willowbank Raceway Saturday May 3 – Day 1, Willowbank Raceway; Sunday May 5 – Day 2 Warwick Dragway: Monday May 6 – Day 3 Willowbank Raceway. Gates open at 7.00am. For more information, check out www.whichcar.com.au/streetmachine/events/drag-challenge