ANDRA: Queensland Championship Heats up at Benaraby Raceway
Queensland Championship Heats up at Benaraby Raceway
Round two of the 2019 Summit Racing Queensland Championships has been run and won at Benaraby Raceway on the weekend (August 31).
There is now just one event standing between the racers of the popular three-round regional series and being crowned the Summit Racing Queensland Champions with prestigious ANDRA Copper Christmas Tree Trophies.
Taking victory at round two were Rodney Hansen (Supercharged Outlaws), Nathan Thwaite (Sportsman), Brett Kelly (Super Street), Ronald Shaw (Street), Laeith Skinner (Modified Bike), Peter Johnson (Street Bike) and Skylah Wagensveld (Junior Dragster) all awarded for their efforts.
Runners-up were Michael Cameron (Supercharged Outlaws), Earl McCallum (Sportsman), Craig McVie (Super Street), Cameron Kaddatz (Street), Russell Bell (Modified Bike), Richard Culey (Street Bike) and Emma Wagensveld (Junior Dragster).
Laeith Skinner might have had a tricky run to the final at Benaraby but the Mackay racer made the most of it to clinch the Modified Bike victory in Gladstone.
“A win is always good, I am yet to have a bad win! This one came off the back of a final in the last round and a runner-up result at the Winternats, so the bike is certainly working and can do it if the rider can,” Skinner chuckled.
“The whole group of us that traveled down from Mackay to race at Benaraby fought the track the whole weekend just trying to get the tuning right and I had a few slips off the line – I had a lucky win in the first round as I spun severely off the line and crossed the bike up, but unfortunately for Craig Oliver he broke out.
“I then had some good runs after that and in the finals it was a double break-out, I just happened to be closer to my dial-in.
“We have been at every Summit Racing Queensland Championship event so far since the series started and we know what to expect – it is always a good event, the Mackay one is always the best though in my opinion,” he laughed.
“I want to thank Komatsu for being the bracket sponsors, it is good to have some corporate sponsorship, as well as my whole team that comes down from Mackay, my wife Lisa Skinner who was racing as well and Russell Bell for being the runner-up.”
Peter Johnson turned the win light on all four times to take the win in Street Bike class. Johnson ran his personal best at this event in the 1/8 mile running a 5.15 with a blistering sixty-foot time for this bike at 1.21.
“We have struggled for consistent passes on this bike for some time but with the help of friends we have now found the issue. Bring on Palmyra next weekend, we just need to decide on who we will run the chassis bike,” said Johnson.
The third and final round of the three-round state-based Summit Racing Queensland Championships which develops and promotes drag racing in regional Queensland will take place at Palmyra Dragway across October 5 and 6.
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.