Drag challenge to hit South Coast Raceway
SOUTH Coast Raceway will be the place to be tomorrow, as up to 150 drag racers arrive in town for the Portland round of the Street Machine Drag Challenge.
Held across five days, the challenge pits drivers to race across five tracks in five days, while also driving to and from each track in the same car, but with no support crew.
The challenge started on Monday in Adelaide, with stops in Mildura and Swan Hill before tomorrow’s round, before the drivers make their way back to Adelaide for the final round on Friday.
With action beginning at 11am and running right through the day, South Coast Drag Racing Association spokesperson Greg Holland said it will be a great day out for local car enthusiasts.
“This is the second time the drag challenge has come to South Coast Raceway; last year the attrition rate was pretty high and a few of the cars weren’t able to make it to all the rounds, but with the weather looking good, it should be a pretty good day,” Holland said.
“They start at a designated starting point and they have to race at a track every day, but they’re not allowed to have a support vehicle or anything else, so the car they race is the car they drive to and from each track.
“This year they’re covering more than 4,000 kilometres between tracks, as well as the racing on the tracks; they’re all pretty tough street cars from all over the country.
“They can do as many passes as they want, but they’re split up into categories; they can do one pass and if it’s right on the time they want that’s it.
“They have as many passes as they want to keep their average as good as possible for every track they race at, and the person with the smallest margin of difference between each track is the winner.
“There are around 150 teams, and with an average of three people per team it’s bringing a lot of people to Portland and we’re aiming to impress at the track.”