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! (more…)