QUICK: John Zahra at the Benaraby Drags. There were more than 150 bikes competing at the meet.
QUICK: John Zahra at the Benaraby Drags. There were more than 150 bikes competing at the meet. Mike Richards GLA050717DRAG

Some close shaves

MOTOR SPORT: A huge crowd rocked up at the 2017 All Bikes Drags on Saturday afternoon and evening.

In what were perfect weather conditions there were six classes in action with Jeff Griffin won the Modified Bike ahead of Russell Bell.

One of the event organisers Andy Buchanan said the winners were not decided until the final stages of racing of each class.

"It was another successful event with plenty of close racing in each bracket,” Buchanan said.

"The crowds were great with around 165 bikes lining up over six brackets.”

John Zahra checking out the equipment at the All Bikes Drag event.
John Zahra checking out the equipment at the All Bikes Drag event. Mike Richards GLA050717DRAG

Bundaberg's Keith Culey would of had no regrets in his debut season and he won the Twins and Singles bracket ahead of Scott Fulloon.

Ray Wigget and Dean Smithwick finished one and two in the Street Bike class while the Historic Pre 1989 winner was Bruce Little and Peter Harland in second.

Buchanan said the variety of classes was a major draw-card as was John Zahra from Zahra Racing in his Nitro bike RB Performance 4 cylinder, supercharged NITRO bike.

"There was plenty to see with all sorts of bikes lining up from mod bike to historic, street, bagger, twins and singles and juniors,” Buchanan said.

There was a reaction time of 0.000 in Friday night's Off Street Meet and race wins were by just 0.002 seconds the following day and there were countless personal-best times.

The Bagger category was won by Mark Harris with Mitchell Ward as the runner-up.

As the night wore on, the crowd got into a party mode with the burnout adding to the atmosphere.

There was to be action off the track once all the racing was done.

"The burnout got the crowd fired up then it was time for The Mason Rack Band that rocked into the night,” Buchanan said.

He added the event could not have run any better without the efforts of volunteers.

"I would like to make special mention about all the volunteers and track staff that work tirelessly to allow these events to take place and also the sponsors that support us each year,” Buchanan said.

The next drag racing event is the second round of the Queensland Championships on Saturday, September 2.

Qualifying racing for that event starts from 12pm with heats and finals from 5pm.

There will be an Off Street on Friday, September 1 from 6pm.

More information is on the Benaraby Raceway website or Facebook site.

RESULTS

Modified Bike

Winner

Jeff Griffin

Runner Up

Russell Bell

Twins & Singles

Winner

Keith Culey

Runner Up

Scott Fulloon

Street Bike

Winner - Ray Wigget

Runner Up - Dean Smithwick

Historic PRE 1989

Winner - Bruce Little

Runner Up - Peter Harland

Bagger

Winner - Mark Harris

Runner Up - Mitchell Ward

Burnout Comp

Josh Halpin



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