Gladstone's Brett Kelly gets the front wheels off the ground in his Ford Falcon coupe on the way to a low 10 second pass at Benaraby Dragway. Picture: Rodney Stevens
Gladstone's Brett Kelly gets the front wheels off the ground in his Ford Falcon coupe on the way to a low 10 second pass at Benaraby Dragway. Picture: Rodney Stevens

Drag racers sizzle at Benaraby strip

DRAG racers on both two and four wheels cut some sizzling times at Benaraby Dragway on Saturday in round two of the Central Queensland Drag Racing Championships.

Motorcycles outnumbered cars at the first competition round post COVID-19 restrictions, with 50 competitors vying for glory.

CQDRA president Mike Gawley said improvements to the facilities, nominations, the track and processes were showing in spectator and competitor reactions.

“We had people holed up in their garages for months during COVID and they are just so excited to be back drag racing,” he said.

“The excitement levels on Saturday were at an all time high and the racers had a great time.”

Since taking the reins of the club, Mr Gawley has focused on improvements to deliver better racing and more fun for competitors and spectators.

“My goal of making Benaraby Dragway sustainable is now paying off after the hundreds of hours spent in the processes, and by the group of extremely dedicated volunteers at the track,” he said.

“We wanted to make it more organised, make it easier to hold meetings and make it a whole lot of fun for everyone and we achieved that at round two on Saturday.”

Jake Harriman ran a massive personal best on his new bike of 8.5 seconds at Benaraby Dragway on Saturday. Picture: Rodney Stevens
Jake Harriman ran a massive personal best on his new bike of 8.5 seconds at Benaraby Dragway on Saturday. Picture: Rodney Stevens

One of the highlights in the bikes was Jake Harriman, Mr Gawley said.

“Jake built his bike and has been tuning and refining it, adjusting the clutch and the tyres since the start of the year at our come and try days,” he said.

“Jake’s father has been into the drag bike scene for years and Jake built himself a bike with the aim of running 9.5 second quarter miles.

“On one of his runs he launched that hard he was almost out of control, but he steered that bike down the track and recorded an 8.5...he was over the moon.”

A possible national streetcar record was set by Mackay’s Dave Sheehey in his blue street registered Mustang, recording a low nine second pass for a normally aspirated, streetcar.

The next event at Benaraby Dragway is round three of the CQ Drag Racing Championships on July 25, with an Off Street meeting held on Friday night, July 24.

For more information visit wwwbenarabydragway.com or visit the Central Queensland Drag Racing Association Benaraby Dragway Facebook page.

CQ DRAG RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS ROUND TWO RESULTS:

JUNIOR BIKES - Sponsored by Tannum Family Practice

Top Qualifier - Bailey Schneider

Runner Up - Charlie Houston

Winner - Bailey Schneider

SUPER TWINS BIKE - Sponsored by Harbour City Harley Davidson

Top Qualifier - Mark Harris

Runner Up - Mark Harris

Winner - Peter Leggo

STREET CARS - Sponsored by Autobarn Bundaberg

Top Qualifier - Kym McLaughlin

Runner Up - Kym McLaughlin

Winner - Nick Horsburgh

SUPER STREET CAR - Sponsored by Insane Performance

Top Qualifier - Dave Sheehy

Runner Up - Justin Hill

Winner - Brett Kelly

STREETFIGHTER BIKES - Sponsored by HealTech Electronics

Top Qualifier - Blair Pennington

Runner Up - Matthew McLaughlin

Winner - Paul Welsh

MOD BIKE - Sponsored by Harbour City Motorcycles

Top Qualifier - Jake Herriman

Runner Up - Keith Culey

Winner - David Holborow

EAT STREET OUTLAWS - Sponsored by Eat Street Outlaws

Top Qualifier - Todd Marshall

Runner Up - Jordan Wex

Winner - Hayden Kyte