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NDRC Packs a Crowded House at Riverbend Nationals

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NDRC Packs a Crowded House at Riverbend Nationals

The Riverbend Nationals was truly a ground-breaking event at Dragway at The Bend at the weekend (April 5-7), bringing no end of incredible racing from the entire line-up.

A full complement of Aeroflow National Sportsman Championship racers descended on the state-of-the-art South Australian venue alongside Top Fuel, Top Doorslammer, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle, putting it all on the line for the highly anticipated conclusion to the Western Conference.

The Western Conference final winners and runners-up – those with the most points within that conference at the close of the Riverbend Nationals – have now secured their place at the invite-only Aeroflow National Sportsman Championship Grand Final, as have the Riverbend Nationals event winners and runners-up*.

These invitees will be joined at the prestigious finale, to be held in October, by a to be determined number of invitees of the top racers for each category (based on the cumulative points of each racer’s best four events across the season across both conferences) **.

For an overview of the Riverbend Nationals results for all brackets, including group one, please click here.

Taking out the Western Conference finalist wins for their respective brackets were:

  • Pro Stock Motorcycle – Maurice Allen (runner-up: Luke Crowley)
  • Modified Bike – Dean Jamieson (runner-up: Lucas Neagoe)
  • Competition Bike – Chris Allen (runner-up: Edge Mallis)

Pro Stock Motorcycle

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, The A-Final win went to Maurice ’Momo’ Allen with a 7.438 second 251.94kph pass against Luke Crowley who red lit the tree in his eagerness to get off the line. Crowley wasn’t the only competitor eager to put in a competitive time with no times recorded in the B-Final between Jason Lee and Tony Frost who both red lit during their runs. Paul Andrews enjoyed a solo run in C-Final, locking in a 7.296 second 286.73kph pass.

Maurice Allen
Maurice Allen

“I was just coming as a spectator to watch Luke run a six! To have that red light come on was a complete shock,” Allen said.

“We had a bit of an issue all weekend, and it locked up a bit in the last round and we thought we would just bring it out and see if we could get it home.

Luke Crowley
Luke Crowley


Modified Bike

Western Conference final winner, Riverbend Nationals event winner and top qualifier: Dean Jamieson; Western Conference final runner-up: Lucas Neagoe; Riverbend Nationals runner-up: Matthew Yard

Dean Jamieson had his hands full on Sunday evening, claiming the accolades for the Western Conference final win and the Riverbend Nationals event win.

Jamieson, who was also the weekend’s top qualifier, went into the weekend with 280 points behind Lucas Neagoe and Johnny ‘Hog’ Ireland – who were both on the cap – as well as Derryn McGregor (290) who did not take part.

Jamieson’s event and Western Conference final win came following race victories over Colin ‘Baldy’ Sainsbury and Michael Cristoforo in rounds one and two, before a bye in the final sealed his spot in the final, where he took the victory over event runner-up, Matthew Yard.

Despite being knocked out in round one by Cristoforo, Lucas Neagoe still has plenty to celebrate, being named as the Western Conference final runner-up.

“Thank you to my team. What a great event we have had this weekend – drag racing in Adelaide is alive and well!”

Dean Jamieson
Dean Jamieson

“I am a bit beside myself really,” Jamieson said at the end of the event.

“Johnny (Ireland) and Lucas (Neagoe) both had losses in round one, so I was sort of playing catch up (in the Western Conference) all weekend to them. It takes a bit of luck, and we had some go our way.

“It was tough racing out there. You never know what ‘Baldy’ is going to put up and then we had to race Mick Cristoforo in round two and he is a pretty handy racer – we have raced him a couple of times and it has gone either way. Then we had a bye run, where I went red – have been trying to fix that all weekend, leaving a few cherries, so that was a good time to do that and saw me a little cautious in the final!

“I am just so happy, and it is great that with Lucas and I being such great mates that we could go 1-2.”

Competition Bike

Western Conference final winner and Riverbend Nationals winner: Chris Allen; Western Conference final runner-up and Riverbend Nationals Top Qualifier: Edge Mallis; Riverbend Nationals runner-up: Ken Collin

It was a successful weekend for Chris Allen, claiming not only the Western Conference final win but also the Riverbend Nationals.

Competition Bike employs the three-round Chicago Shootout format for its racing, with a 13-strong field of Comp Bikes putting on plenty of entertaining racing for the packed crowd.

NDRC Chris Allen
Chris Allen

Allen secured his spot in the final against runner-up Ken Collin with a round one win over David Willis, a bye in round two and a win from Rob Church in round three.

Collin, meanwhile, had bested Gavin Dohnt and Willis in rounds one and two respectively while enjoying a bye in round three.

Top Qualifier Edge Mallis also put in a strong showing on Sunday, defeating Church and Mark Habel in rounds two and three and enjoying a bye in round one.

“I am lost for words to be honest,” Allen said.

“To come here and run a 6.86 in qualifying, and then back it up in round three at 6.85 was really awesome.

“Then we put the bike in ‘psycho’ mode, and I was told to hold on!” he laughed.

“Just running a six second pass which was the main objective of us coming to Adelaide is amazing, and to then also come away with the Western Conference win and the event win, what a bonus.

“I can’t thank my team enough; without them I can’t do this. Also thank you to my sponsors: TD Granny Flats and Modular Homes, Jacks Supplements, PCM Group Perth, MM IT, Burson Auto Parts Rockingham, and Battery World Rockingham.”


In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Luke Crowley top qualified ahead of Paul Andrews (7.148/294.54kph), dominating the three sessions with a 7.0905 second 301.2692 kph pass in Q1 before bettering to 7.082/302.86 in Q2 and then improving again to 7.0062 second 311.53 in Q3. Tony Frost (7.322) and Maurice Allen (7.488) completed the five bike field.

“It has been a pretty good day – our weekend didn’t start out that well with testing last night, but we have got on top of it today and managed to get it down the race track,” Crowley said.

“We made a pretty drastic change for the last pass to go 7.00 – a change I don’t really want to comment on too much, but it was pretty drastic, and that is why the MPH went from 188 to 193. It has shown us we can definitely give the bike more power tomorrow in the first two gears, so hopefully we can run a low six-ninety or something depending on what the weather does.”

At the close of qualifying, Dean Jamieson in Modified Bike and Edge Mallis in Competition Bike took out the honors for their respective brackets.

The National Drag Racing Championship, including two rounds of the Eastern Conference for the Aeroflow National Sportsman Championship, now heads to Sydney Dragway across 3 to 5 May for the Gulf Western Oil Nitro Champs.

Joining a full field of sportsman racers will be no shortage of nitro action, including both the fire-breathing Top Fuel dragsters and Nitro Funny Cars as well Top Doorslammer, Pro Mod, Pro Stock and Top Fuel Motorcycle (exhibition).

Like the Aeroflow National Sportsman Championship, Top Fuel will also be enjoying two rounds of its championship chase at this event.

For more information about the NDRC, please visit www.ndrc.tv

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