Daniel tests need for speed at Summernationals

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

BENARABY's Daniel Peatey will be hoping to follow the footsteps of Tom Cruise in Top Gun and test his need for speed when he lines-up in the Summernationals in Sydney this weekend.

Peatey, who is the pro stock motorcycle Australian drag racing champion is tipped to be a red-hot favourite in the Australian National Drag Racing Association (ANDRA) event.

He has been on fire of late and is coming off a lightning win at Willowbank's Australian Drag Racing Nationals last month.

'I was very pleased with how I went and hopefully that can keep going this weekend,' Peatey said.

'The bike is in good shape and you don't go all the way down to Sydney to not win, I don't want to waste the trip.'

In that event, Peatey set a new record for the fastest Australian pro stock bike competition time of 7.53 seconds on the 400 metre track while reaching a top speed of 286kph.

He will be looking to repeat that type of speed again this weekend at the fantastic Western Sydney International Dragway.

'The track is very good and will be conducive to plenty of speed.'

Peatey comes up against a small, but extremely talented eight man field which includes S outh Australian star Neville Langley, Michael Gilbertson and top Victorian duo Maurice Allen and Graeme Weston.

'This weekend is a pretty tight competition, the level of riders is very high and I know that I will have to be quick to win.'

Langley is currently leading the Australian championship and may prove hard to beat for the highly-talented Benaraby rider.

'Neville is the leader of the champion, but he is only 15 points in front and with 100 points on offer it is not a big lead by any means.''

Gilbertson was the runner-up to Peatey at Willowbank back in January and would have him in his sights, while the Victorian duo have plenty of speed.

Action starts with qualifying on Friday and Saturday before the final elimination stage of the competition on Sunday.

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