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.”
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.
Twins & Singles
Winner - Ray Wigget
Runner Up - Dean Smithwick
Historic PRE 1989
Winner - Bruce Little
Runner Up - Peter Harland
Winner - Mark Harris
Runner Up - Mitchell Ward