Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series
Hidden Valley Drag Strip
July 14-15, 2023
Darwin Lights Up With Top End Nats Celebrations
The first ANDRA Christmas Tree trophies of the new season have been held aloft at the Hidden Valley Drag Strip, following the conclusion of the Top End Nationals on Saturday evening (15 July).
Winner – Louise Ridgway
Runner-up – Mark Tattingham
Top Qualifier – Geoff Sonnet
In Modified Bike, Maddington (WA) racer Louise Ridgway took the victory from last year’s winner, Mark Tattingham, after claiming the Decoglaze Glass Splashbacks Top Qualifier honours earlier in the day’s program on her Suzuki GSX. Ridgway enjoyed a bye in round one thanks to her top qualifying performance, before successfully facing Johnny Ireland in round two to book her spot in the final. Tattingham raced and defeated Brett Allen in round one, before it was his turn to have a bye run in the second round.
Winner – Wayne Patterson
Runner-up – James Low
Top Qualifier – Leith Darrach
In Competition Bike, Wayne Patterson of Bunbury (WA) took the win in his Ducati over James Low. With a Chicago Shootout format employed by the bracket, Patterson had a first round loss to Dean Hersey in round one before going on to take wins over Low (round two) and Decoglaze Glass Splashbacks Top Qualifier, Leith Darrach. On his way to the final, Low successfully took on Darrach (round one) and Dean Hersey (round three), while suffering a loss to Patterson in round two.
ANDRA thanks the Hidden Valley Drag Racing Association and all of its volunteers and sponsors for an outstanding racetrack and a well-run event.
For full results from the Top End Nationals, please visit https://www.andra.com.au/series/results/
The Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series racers won’t have long to wait until their next outing, with Alice Springs Inland Dragway set to host the Desert Nationals this coming weekend on July 22 and 23. For event information, entry lists and schedules, visit www.cadra.com.au
The Australian National Drag Racing Association Ltd, or ANDRA for short, is the drag racing sanctioning body of Australia. The organization was created in 1973 from a more drag racing oriented faction of the Australian Hot Rod Federation. Today ANDRA sanctions races throughout Australia and throughout the year at all levels, from Top Fuel to Junior Dragster, on everything from temporary regional tracks to international standard facilities in capital cities. ANDRA and its members make drag racing a family-friendly, safe sport. So come along as a spectator or bring your street car to an “off-street” event and enjoy the excitement that is Australian drag racing. www.andra.com.au
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