CAR AND BIKES: Modified Bike racers Nathan Neilson and partner Vanessa Rohdmann flank Super Competition driver Kev Weir ahead of todays penultimate round of the CQDRA Championships.
CAR AND BIKES: Modified Bike racers Nathan Neilson and partner Vanessa Rohdmann flank Super Competition driver Kev Weir ahead of todays penultimate round of the CQDRA Championships. Matt Taylor GLA191018DRAG

WATCH: Penultimate round to give ultimate racing on Saturday

MOTORSPORT: Super Competition driver Kev Weir is currently leading the pack in his class.

Kev Weir shows his beast: Kev Weir shows his beast
Kev Weir shows his beast: Kev Weir shows his beast

But nothing is a given and he expects some stiff opposition this afternoon at the Central Queensland Drag Racing Association Championships.

"I'm leading at the moment, but not feeling the pressure and if I just will try to do the right thing then I will have it won," he said.

He said his purposely-built 64 Mark 3 Zephyr reaches a consistent 9.6 dial-in time at 137mph.

"It's anybody's race really," Weir said.

His career spans back to 1973 in Surfers Paradise where he raced at a Street Meet.

"I did that for two or three years down there and then went to Bundaberg before having a 20-year break," he said.

"I then built the car that I have now and it has a new motor which I am still playing around with."

Modified Bike couple Vanessa Rohdmann and Nathan Neilson aim for close dial-in times this afternoon and tonight.

Rohdmann said she has been around the mark and is placed in the 'middle of the field'.

"I always miss out on the final and want to get 8 seconds, but always get 9 seconds," she said of her dial-in times.

Boyfriend Neilson has also been close to the mark with the aim to record 7 seconds.

"My goal is to run at the 7 second pass, but have been getting 8s," he said.

The Mackay pair enjoy the trips down to Benaraby.

"We find the two tracks comparable time-wise and the facilities here are good and it's always a big meeting here," Neilson said.

"It's a sport where the tyre pressure and the shock system can make all the difference with the times."

CQDRA president Col O'Connor said there will be some close racing in what has been a very tight season.

The round expects to attract approximately 70 drivers and riders - split with those from the Gladstone region and those from beyond.

"The way the year's been, it's anyone's ball game," he said.

"There's a fair few people in the running and most of the classes should have good races."

Racing action starts from 1-4.30pm where racers will vie to be top qualifiers.

Heats are from 5-10pm which includes a Chicago Shootout and finals will be held at the conclusion of the heats.

CLASSES

Super Comp: 0.00-9.69sec; Comp: 9.70-10.99; Super Street: 10.00-11.99; Street: 12.00 seconds and slower; Mod Bike: All Bikes; Twins Bike: Twin Cylinder Bikes; Radial Outlaw: Pro Tree - DYO - (8th Mile) - Chicago Shoot-out; Junior Dragster: All Junior Dragsters (8th Mile); Junior Bike: Exhibition Class Junior Drag Bikes (8th Mile)