PEDAL TO THE METAL: Dylan Bennett takes on the Benaraby drag strip on the weekend.
PEDAL TO THE METAL: Dylan Bennett takes on the Benaraby drag strip on the weekend. Paul Braven GLA250217DRAGS

DRAG RACING: FUEL and rubber was burnt at Benaraby Raceway o

DRAG RACING: FUEL and rubber was burnt at Benaraby Raceway over the weekend as Round 1 of the Central Queensland Drag Racing Association Championships reached full throttle.

Cars and motorbikes from seven categories competed at the event which featured both male and female drivers from various age groups.

CQDRA president Lee Davis said the championships had a great rollout of competitors and spectators.

"We had a whole new bunch of people here who wouldn't usually race,” he said.

"We had a fairly serious car down from Ayr and teams from Townsville, Mackay and a Bundaberg contingent as well.

"There was both male and female drivers and a fair range of ages and both sexes.”

All races were run over the quarter mile (402 metres), except for the SUPA Comp cars and the Junior Dragsters which were run over an eighth of a mile (201 metres).

Davis said the Group 3, 'Dial Your Own' races offered spectators a chance to witness some tight finishes.

"It's good to watch those races because it's always a tight finish and great spectacle,” he said.

"Dial Your Own means you get three runs and nominate a time you think you'll run - if you run under that time it's called a break out.

"There's a lot of strategy involved because you need to take into account data log times, air and track temperatures, humidity and tyre temperatures and pressures.”

Drivers need to nominate a race time and finish their race as close as possible to that time.

In the juniors, Garth Spooner finished ahead of Kilarney Back, while Andrew Campbell took the win in the V Twin class over Ray Wigget.

The Street category was won by Dale Anderson with Sonya Gilbert runner-up and Craig McVie won the Super Street over Ben Brosnan.

Noel Smith defeated James O'Sullivan in the Competition class with Bob Barker edging Tom Parry in the Super Comp.

Tony Downie won the Mod Bike with Gladstone's Mitch Ward qualifying fastest but not placing.



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