Video: Small field fires up for final drags round
THE final round of the Central Queensland Drag Racing Series has run seamlessly to cap off an outstanding year.
A small, enthusiastic crowd turned out for the event, matching the field, which was also small, but racing for keeps.
With only two of the brackets decided for the season before the final round began, there were a lot of drivers out to steal glory or consolidate leads.
Others who were out of the running decided to save money and use it for their driving next season.
A total of 66 drivers raced on track in the seven categories, putting on a show for the crowd.
Scott Fulloon had done the calculations at home before leaving for Benaraby Raceway, and knew what he had to do to win the twin bike drag racing championship.
After only one race, he had achieved just that.
Leading by five points over Matty Isaacs, Fulloon only needed his rival to miss the final while getting a win or two himself.
Even before he duelled his opponent in the second race of the Chicago Shoot-out format, the Harley-Davidson rider was guaranteed the year's major prize.
And Fulloon has a simple tip.
"This is what wins races, being here every time and doing lots of passes," he said.
An experienced driver in the sport, Fulloon is not too surprised with his victory.
It does have a special feeling to it though, struggling through issues early in the year with his Harley-Davidson Destroyer to become consistent by year's end.
"Even when the bike was broken I got a bike to race and get points for showing up," he said.
"It is still only so-so. I am starting to get consistent on it and win races."
For a man who didn't light the world up and dominate any of the meetings, Fulloon's championship shows how dedicated he was to making it happen.
His first win of any category over an entire year, what is next for the rider is not yet certain.
"At the least I have to pull it down and make it fresh again," he said.
"Then I will decide whether I want to spend money and get faster."