TIDY UNIT: Gladstone’s Brett Kelly in his Ford XB hardtop at the final round of CQDRA’s drag racing at Benaraby Raceway on Saturday.
TIDY UNIT: Gladstone’s Brett Kelly in his Ford XB hardtop at the final round of CQDRA’s drag racing at Benaraby Raceway on Saturday. Andrew Morgan GLADRAG

Kelly breaks runner-up jinx for drags title

BRETT Kelly drove away from his rivals in the super street category of drag racing this season, both on the track and in the points tally.

In his first serious year at Benaraby Raceway, Kelly was unstoppable on his way to the Central Queensland Drag Racing Association title.

Now the racer has bigger things on his mind.

"We have got some friends and we are working on new projects, so next year maybe a trip to Mackay," Kelly said.

But that would not stop Kelly from returning to Benaraby to defend his title.

Next season, he will be out to win more events on the calendar, after finishing runner-up more often than any other result.

"I made six finals in a row, but I have a tendency to come runner-up," Kelly said.

"I have one win and five runner-ups."

But the consistent success made sure he blew away his opponents, as did the fact he could make every round.

It is a just reward for the driver, after a lot of hours spent since he began the sport last year building his car to be ready for a tilt at 2014.

"I built it over about eight months and had it ready for the start of the year," he said.

"I have been into cars since I was 17. A friend of mine, Rick Vincent, used to do it and asked me to come down."

The rest has taken care of itself, and Brett Kelly is the newest champion of the super street category.



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