ANDRA: Wide Smiles in Modified Bike at Alice Springs
Following a big day of Desert Nationals racing for round two of the 2022/2023 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series, there was no shortage of smiling faces at Alice Springs Inland Dragway this afternoon.
When all was said and done, it was Brian Alvisio in Modified Bike who held ANDRA Christmas Trees aloft at the end-of-day presentations. Also heralded was event runner-up Brian Hotker in Modified Bike.
In Modified Bike, Brian Alvisio was thrilled to take out his first ANDRA Christmas Tree after coming exceptionally close aboard his ‘Joker’ liveried Kawasaki ZX14 in Darwin last week. Alvisio ensured his place in the final against Brian Hotker by taking victories from reigning champion Shane Walker (round one) and last year’s winner Dean Gunson (round two) before enjoying a bye in his semi. Hotker meanwhile had taken victories from Bryan Finn (round one), Ian Read (round two) and Decoglaze Glass Splashbacks Top Qualifier, Jake Hamilton-Moderate (semi).
“This is pretty good! I come from Brisbane, and we went to Darwin first where I got the runner-up as well, so it has been a pretty successful trip!” Alvisio said.
“It has been a great trip all round. We spent a week in Darwin, then a week getting here through Kakadu and the Katherine Gorge and all the touristy stuff, and tomorrow we will be going to Uluru and taking a week to head home via the sights.
“I couldn’t be happier to be honest, this is my first ANDRA Christmas Tree, and it really means a lot. This bike of mine has just been on-song for the last two weeks. In Darwin I had seven passes all within five hundredths of a second and then in qualifying yesterday I had four passes within four hundredths of a second. The Christmas Tree here is a bit different to what it was in Darwin and what I have closer to home, but we got our head around it and cut some better lights today.
“Thank you to my girl Sheree Manning – she is my travel buddy, my partner, she is everything, she is just fantastic. Also, thanks to Dewalt Power Tools, Blaze Hanssen and Max Norman.”
For full results from the Desert Nationals, please visit https://www.andra.com.au/series/results/
ANDRA thanks the Central Australian Drag Racing Association and all of its volunteers and sponsors for an outstanding racetrack and a well-run event.
The 2022/2023 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series season will now head to Mildura’s Sunset Strip for the Spring Nationals across September 17-18. For event information, visit sunsetstrip.org.au
For more from ANDRA, visit www.andra.com.au
Day one of the Desert Nationals – round two of the 2022/2023 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series – has lit up Alice Springs Inland Dragway today with impressive qualifying performances delivered by more than 80 racers.
At the close of today’s action, Brodie Zappia (Summit Racing Equipment Junior Dragster), Jake Hamilton-Moderate (Modified Bike), Bruce Howie (Super Street), Chris Moore (Modified), Tony Miskelly (Super Sedan), Greg Damiani (Top Sportsman) and Alan Mahnkoph (Supercharged Outlaws) are topping the chase for the Decoglaze Glass Splashbacks Top Qualifiers Medallions for their respective brackets.
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