The sound and thunder from 8000bhp, 500km/h drag racers is set to light up the strip at Adelaide International Raceway again this weekend as ANDRA Top Fuel, Top Alcohol, Top Bike and Pro Stock Motorcycle return to Adelaide for the first time in over a decade.
The event is a culmination of efforts for promoter Racing Onn Promotions and manager Rino D'Alfonso who along with circuit owner Rodney Jane has transformed the Adelaide venue into an international class drag venue.
Event manager Rino D’Alfonso said spectators will be able to see the teams up close in the pits and just metres away on the track.
“Adelaide is not going to know what hit it, Top Fuel dragsters are the pinnacle of the sport,” he said. “When they roar past, it’s like an earthquake hitting. I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about the return." ” D’Alfonso said.
”The event will attract competitors and spectators from around Australia, delivering an economic boost to South Australia.
A one day exhibition event last November attracted over 10,000 spectators, demonstrating a hunger to see the sport of drag racing return to the capital.
“People are excited about the return and cannot wait for the event, It was like a reunion of the drag racing community in November and now we’re keeping it here.”
D’Alfonso said the rivalries will really get a chance to boil in Extreme Outlaws.
“The supercharged guys all like to think they have the horsepower to themselves but the turbo racers all think they are the next generation,” he said. “And they both like to gang up on nitrous racers. Well it’s time to end the trash talk and let them sort it out with their racing.”
Among those competing will be reigning national ANDRA Pro Series champion Darren Morgan who is thrilled at the opportunity to race in a new capital city.
“We’re excited Adelaide can now become a piece of a national series,” he said. “It will be great to race only four hours from our base in Mildura and this will be our new home track.”
Morgan said Adelaide motorsport fans need to see a Top Fuel dragster in the flesh to truly understand the power and the speed.
“It’s the only motorsport that physically shakes the ground, it’s a motorsport that you feel,” he said. “Until you have seen a nitro car, you haven’t experienced real horsepower.”
ANDRA events and operations manager Brenton Myers said there had been interest Australia wide in the event.
“There have been people from Western Australia, the Northern Territory and all across the eastern seaboard wanting to know more about this Adelaide event,” he said. “There is a lot of positivity about this comeback for drag racing.”
Mr Myers said the mix of brackets would provide places for most teams to race and there is intention to hold a round of the national Rocket Allstars Racing Series for sportsman teams at Adelaide International Raceway next season.
“ANDRA drag racing has a real depth in the sportsman area and we’d really like to get Group Two in particular back into South Australia,” he said. “The development of indexes for new racing distances is a time consuming task and one we want to get right.
“That is why we have gone with the mix of dial your own and fixed index handicapping for this event as a starter, before we move to the next stage of bringing full ANDRA racing back to Adelaide which will include Group Two.”
Action starts at 10am tomorrow morning at Adelaide International Raceway.
Timetable - Pro Series 1000 Adelaide
Friday: Sportsman qualifying from 10am, ANDRA Pro Series qualifying at 3pm and 6pm
Saturday: Sportsman qualifying from 10am, ANDRA Pro Series qualifying at 3pm and 6pm
Sunday: Sportsman eliminations from 9am, ANDRA Pro Series eliminations at 12.30pm, 2:50pm and 5:15pm.
Kids 5-16 yrs $20.00
Pensioner/ Concession $25.00 (id required, no student)
Kids under 5 Free
Family Day Pass $90.00
3 Day Pass
Kids 5-16yrs $50.00
Pensioner/Concession $60.00 (id required, no student)
Limited VIP Car Parking $30.00
General Car Parking Free