BLOW DRY: Volunteers work frantically to dry the Benaraby Raceway track for Round 3 of the CQDRA series.
BLOW DRY: Volunteers work frantically to dry the Benaraby Raceway track for Round 3 of the CQDRA series. Barbara Hilliard

Rain wrecks havoc on Round 3 of drag racing

MOTORSPORT: Wet weather has reared its ugly head once again with Round 3 of the Central Queensland Drag Racing Association cut short due to rain.

CQDRA organisers were hopeful the heavens wouldn't open on Saturday as they had for the first two rounds of the series, but that wasn't the case as a decision to cancel the remainder of the event was made late afternoon.

Benaraby Raceway experienced a number of passing showers throughout the day causing some unwanted delays.

However another heavy shower around 5pm proved to be the final straw.

"There was no heat left in the track so unfortunately there was nothing there to help you dry it out," CQDRA president Col O'Connor said.

"It was a shame because we just about had the track back again and that last shower just broke the back."

 

Central Queensland Drag Racing Association president Col O'Connor.
Central Queensland Drag Racing Association president Col O'Connor. Matt Taylor GLA220218DRAG

Constant delays meant organisers couldn't get through the first round of qualifiers.

"We had a couple of really heavy downpours which left a lot of water on the track," O'Connor said.

"Usually they're just little showers and you can get away with it because you can get rid of the water quickly - when it pools up we sweep it all off.

"We got through the first half of qualifying and then had a pretty big downpour."

O'Connor said despite the best efforts of the close-knit drag racing community to dry the track with brooms, mops and garden blowers, the surface remained too damp for competition.

"Generally when we have rain like that everyone gives you a hand," he said.

"There's a lot of volunteers who will always jump on a broom and get rid of the water.

"The idea is to get the bulk of the water off the track and let the sun and wind do the work.

"We've proved before you've got to give the drivers every opportunity to race and 90 per cent of the time you'll get away with it.

"We gave it every opportunity to race but unfortunately we just couldn't go any further."

The next round of the CQDRA series at Benaraby is on May 26 and will feature the Kenda Tires 660 Drag Radial Series who are travelling from Brisbane to compete.



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