EXCITED: Mitch Ward with his modified bike he will be putting through the paces on Saturday afternoon and night.
EXCITED: Mitch Ward with his modified bike he will be putting through the paces on Saturday afternoon and night. Mike Richards GLA220217DRAGS

LIFE'S A TOP DRAG

MOTORSPORT:

The drags strip at Benaraby Raceway will come to life with round one of the Central Queensland Drag Racing Association Championships this weekend.

The Off Street Meeting is on tomorrow from 6-10pm while the main event starts with qualifying between 1-5pm on Saturday followed by racing from 5.30pm until late.

Gladstone's Modified Bike rider Mitch Ward hopes to replicate the form that got him a record in Willowbank.

"I set a track record of 8.39sec at 160mph and hoping to do something similar here,” Ward said.

The 21-year-old has been competing in his GXXR Suzuki 1000 motorbike for three years in a sport that began when he was a teenager.

"I started because of my dad Reegan who was racing and I was 16 years old,” Ward said.

He also said that it was difficult to explain the sensation when going at top speed on the bike.

"I guess the biggest adrenalin kick is when you take off,” Ward said.

New CQDRA president Lee Davis said this weekend's action includes a new class.

"This weekend should be interesting with a new exhibition class running this year in the form of Junior Bike,” Davis said.

"This category is run under similar classes to Junior Dragster with maximum elapsed times and engine capacity dependant on the rider's age.”

Other classes will be the V Twin Bikes, Super Competition, Competition, Super Street and Street and Davis said a new rule will add more excitement and speed.

"As in interesting side note, Australian National Drag Racing Association have introduced new rules in regards to cars built after January 1, 2008,” Davis said.

"If these cars are street registered with all OEM ADR safety equipment still fitted and operational, these cars are now permitted to run as fast as 10sec over the quarter mile, which is seriously quick in a Street Car.

"All that is required is a Super Street licence which is basically as simple as filling out a form and handing over some hard-earned money.”

Prices for tomorrow night are $10 per person over-13 year's of age and Saturday's price is $20 per person (O13) or a family pass for $50.

Children under-13 accompanied by an adult are free on both days.

Food and bar facilities will be available.



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