MOTOR SPORT: Spectacular weather greeted a healthy crowd of drag racing enthusiasts to the fifth round of the Central Queensland Drag Racing Association Championships on the weekend..
CQDRA president Lee Davis said there was some great racing.
"Round five has gone pretty well and the nice cold weather helps with good times and a lot of personal bests and what comes with the cold came the dew and they have done a good prep of the track," Davis said.
Drivers from north and south of the Benaraby Raceway converged to the event and Davis said there was a fair break in between drags events.
"There's been a two-month break since a lot of these racers have raced and they were all keen and have all came out in force," he said.
"We have actually had one come down from Townsville and he brought his Turbo-Charged Commodore down for a run.
"We had the usual ones from Rocky, Emerald, Bundy and a Junior Dragster from the Sunshine Coast."
Davis said the crowd swelled toward Saturday afternoon and evening after everyone had finished their commitments.
"Everyone does their thing on a Saturday with all the kids' sports and they all came here for the afternoon and the evening," Davis said.
One of the drivers who competed on the weekend was Calliope's Kerry Janssen.
He started out in the sport five years ago and the success was instant in his Super Street VK Commodore 1985 machine.
"We went on to win the championship that year (2012) so that was a good year and after that we had some problems," Janssen said.
"We have had the car off the track for about three years with rebuilding and putting the cage and everything else in it and a bigger motor.
"It's been a bit of a journey and I can't wait to see what it does."
Despite the expense of the sport, Janssen said it has been enjoyable and Friday night's Off Street Meet was a challenge.
"It was a little bit skatey out there and we managed a 10.9sec (dial-in time) and we had hoped for a 9sec dial-in on Saturday and the car has got the potential to run a mid-to-low 9sec eventually," he said.
"We're just taking it easy on it now because it has a new motor and haven't got a tune put in it yet so we'll see how that goes."
Janssen also competed at the Winter Nationals this year and used the event for a bit of testing of the newly-installed motor.
He described the facilities at Benaraby as excellent.
"Considering it's all done by volunteers, it's unreal and they do a wonderful job out there," Janssen said.