Wed, 12 Jul 2017, 18:11 PM
A Successful Opening of the Summit Racing Queensland Championship
The inaugural Summit Racing Queensland Championship dodged the forecasted rain and produced an
outstanding weekend of ANDRA Sportsman drag racing at Palmyra Dragway on the weekend of July 1-2.
With just over 100 entries the two-day format was relaxed and provided the crowd with some exciting
racing action in all classes.
The Chicago Shootout format saw all vehicles and bikes come out to race in front of the crowd over
three rounds before bringing back the two with the most wins or points for the finals.
Holden Monaro defeated David Carney
Headling the show was Supercharged Outlaws with eight cars in the pits. Rodney Hansen led
qualifying with his T-Bucket Altered recording a 4.74/152.18 over the eighth.
The Holden Monaro of Anthony Spataro was second with a 4.78 and followed by the Roma-based Z28
Camaro of Russell Grulke (4.933). Randall Mour in the world's only Holden FJ Funny Car rounding out
the top half of the field with a 4.938.
As to be expected, Outlaws are always big on horsepower and wild in action. Former Wild Bunch racer
Mark Eves was asked to steer the new Corvette of Steven Weatley.
It's a well-known fact that Corvettes have a reputation as being a handful as Eves found out during
a qualifier. On a burnout the Vette was past the tree when it suddenly turned and spun around
during a burnout. Thankfully the car stayed away from walls, backed up and went on to complete its
For eliminations the field was reduced to six with Eves and Mohr out. By the time Rd 3 was ready to
fire, Hansen was out with a broken diff and the Z28 Camaro of Russell Grulke was a no show.
For the final it was the Holden of Spataro taking on the Ford of David Carney. On the handicap
Carney was out first with a .117 reaction but his .692 over 5.772 was no match to a winning .304
over 5.304 ET from the Holden Monaro of Spataro.
In Modified Eliminator Katie Cunningham was in dominating form, top qualifying with a 4.66 ET in
her Team CFZ dragster and then winning all three rounds. Joining her in the final was Savos
Pandelakis. His front-engined dragster was away first on the handicap but Cunningham had the better
package taking the win with a .005 over 4.61 ET to a .021 over 5.461.
Gavin List defeated Bob Baker
Super Sedan had 12 entries with Gavin List on top in 5.77 seconds with his Chevy Nova. After three
round wins List faced off against the HQ Ute of Bob Baker. Baker was away first but his .083
reacted .110 over 6.040 was no match to a .002 light and a .105 over 5.795.
Brett Keirnan defeated Richard Dawe
Super Street started with 19 entries and saw Craig Chapman lead the charge with a 6.81 ET. After
three rounds the finals put Bundaberg racers Brett Keirnan and Richard Dawe together. The all-Ford
final saw Keirnan leave first with a .050 reaction and followed by a .088 from Dawe. At the stripe
both driver broke-out however Keirnan took the trophy and the points with a .009 under 7.211 to a
..018 under 7.102 ET.
Reegan Ward from Gladstone in Queensland sat in No. 1 of Modified Bike with a 5.44 ET on his Suzuki
Hyabusa. He was certainly a fan favourite with some wild wheelies over the weekend. Meeting up in
the final was Ross Bryan and Russell Bell. On the green Bell had the better reaction and went on to
take the win with a .052 over 5.902 to a breaking out .056 under 6.214 on a 6.27 D-I.
Junior Dragster saw Dylan Everett take No.1 during qualifying with an 8.05 timeslip. He was in the
running for the finals but a number of break-outs meant that it came down between Andrew Tinney and
Kilarney Back. Unfortunately Back went red handing Tinney the automatic win.
Super Gas top qualifier Ross Bryant had a second bite at finals glory when he faced Tom Parry. On a
6.30 index Bryant was out the gate first with a .111 reaction to a .750 from Parry. At the stripe
Parry broke out handing the Holden Torana of Bryant the win.
Street was added to the mix to give some of the regular street meet racers a chance to compete for
a championship. Christopher Rieck top qualified his Ford XD with a 8.30 ET and had the skills to go
through to the finals after three wins. Joining him was the Toyota Corona of Lee Davis. It was a
tight outcome with Rieck taking the win with a .050 reacted .086 over 8.386 to a .193 reacted .083
Round 2 of the 2017 Summit Racing Queensland Championship will be held at Benaraby Raceway on
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