ANDRA : First Time Winner at Sensational South Coast
Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series
South Coast Raceway
January 16-17, 2016
The action came thick and fast at South Coast Raceway for Round 7 of the Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series.
Several first-time winners climbed to the top of the podium while an older legendary face of ANDRA Drag Racing won his first National event in 18 years.
First-time winners included Gordon Crawford from Mundaring, WA in the Modified Bike class.
Gordon Crawford proved that good things come to those who wait with his first ANDRA Christmas Tree in his 10-year career at the age of 65 in Modified Bike.
Crawford had the reaction time advantage and held firm to defeat Gavin Dohnt in the final with a 6.341 ET on a 6.32 dial in from a 5.909 ET on a 5.89 dial in.
“It’s been 10 years and the first time I’ve won (any event) outside of WA,” said Crawford.
“Always the bridesmaid and never the bride, it’s a nice feeling and congratulations to Gavin on that run too.
“We really enjoyed it here in Portland, it’s been absolutely fantastic, it’s a great venue and the people have been really terrific. I really enjoyed the whole weekend’s racing.”
Crawford had to overcome Ron Adams, David Yanko, Mario Baker and Danny Rickard just to get to the final.
Nathan Stone (St Helen, VIC) qualified first of the two-wheeled warriors in Modified Bike thanks to a 5.531 ET at 121.31 mph in the third and final session.
That relegated Greg Sparks back to second with Edgell Mallis third, Ron Adams fourth, points leader Shane Walker fifth and Peter Strudwick sixth. In total 18 bikes will race for glory come Sunday.
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.
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