National drag racing series announces calendar

Top Fuel racing will feature at six events. pic: dragphotos via Willowbank media

Top Fuel racing will feature at six events. pic: dragphotos via Willowbank media

The newly formed Australian Professional Drag Racing Series has announced a 12-round 2015/16 schedule.

A unified series following the healing of recent conflict between ANDRA and several key venues, the calendar includes the recently held Nitro Up North and NT Titles meetings at Hidden Valley.

The season will continue with a full array of categories at Sydney Dragway’s East Coast Nationals on November 7-8 and run through until Willowbank Raceway’s Fuchs Winternationals finale in June.

Perth Motorplex is set to host four events during the season, with two each at Sydney Dragway, Willowbank Raceway, Calder Park Raceway and the Hidden Valley Drag Strip.

Unlike a proposed breakaway calendar announced in June, the new series does not feature any events at Adelaide International Raceway.

Top Fuel, Top Fuel Motorcycle and Pro Stock Motorcycle will each run at six of the events, while Top Doorslamer (nine events), Top Alcohol (eight) and Pro Stock (four) are also key parts of the schedule.

The track action is topped up by Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series brackets at four of the events.

Willowbank Raceway president and series spokesperson Tony Wedlock says confirmation of the calendar from the recently formed Racing Commission is a significant step in drag racing’s rebirth.

“It’s an exhilarating time for Australia’s pro categories, and today’s confirmation of the 2015/16 calendar marks the beginning of what will be the biggest, and best season for the sport,” Wedlock said.

“We’re excited to see events at Australia’s three leading venues, Perth Motorplex, Sydney Dragway and Willowbank Raceway, as well as Hidden Valley Drag Strip and a return to Calder Park Raceway.”

A new series name, branding and an all-new broadcast package is set to be announced in the coming weeks.

2015/16 Australian Professional Drag Racing Calendar

17-18 July – Nitro Up North, Hidden Valley Drag Strip
Top Alcohol, Top Doorslammer

14-15 August – NT Titles, Hidden Valley Drag Strip
Top Doorslammer

7-8 November – East Coast Nationals, Sydney Dragway
Top Fuel, Top Alcohol, Top Doorslammer Top Fuel Motorcycle, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series

4-5 December – Home Group WA Nitro Slam, Perth Motorplex
Top Doorslammer, Top Fuel Motorcycle

23-24 January – Australian Nationals, Calder Park Raceway
Top Alcohol, Top Doorslammer, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series

5-6 February – Westernationals, Perth Motorplex
Top Alcohol, Top Doorslammer, Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series

19-20 February – West Coast Nitro, Perth Motorplex
Top Fuel (three round format), Top Alcohol

5-6 March – Nitro Max, Perth Motorplex (three round format)
Top Fuel, Top Fuel Motorcycle

12-13 March – Calder Park Raceway
Top Doorslammer, Pro Stock Motorcycle

25-26 March – Santo’s Super 3, Willowbank Raceway (three round format)
Top Fuel, Top Alcohol, Top Fuel Motorcycle

7-8 May – Nitro Champs, Sydney Dragway
Top Fuel, Top Alcohol, Top Doorslammer Top Fuel Motorcycle, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle

9-12 June – Fuchs Winternationals, Willowbank Raceway
Top Fuel, Top Alcohol, Top Doorslammer Top Fuel Motorcycle, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series

Top Fuel
7-8 November – Sydney Dragway
19-20 February – Perth Motorplex
5-6 March – Perth Motorplex
25-26 March – Willowbank Raceway
7-8 May – Sydney Dragway
9-12 June – Willowbank Raceway

Top Alcohol
17-18 July – Hidden Valley Drag Strip
7-8 November – Sydney Dragway
23-24 January – Calder Park Raceway
5-6 February – Perth Motorplex
19-20 February – Perth Motorplex
25-26 March – Willowbank Raceway
7-8 May – Sydney Dragway
9-12 June – Willowbank Raceway

Top Doorslammer
17-18 July – Hidden Valley Drag Strip
14-15 August – Hidden Valley Drag Strip
7-8 November – Sydney Dragway
4-5 December – Perth Motorplex
23-24 January – Calder Park Raceway
5-6 February – Perth Motorplex
12-13 March – Calder Park Raceway
7-8 May – Sydney Dragway
9-12 June – Willowbank Raceway

Top Fuel Motorcycle
7-8 November – Sydney Dragway
4-5 December – Perth Motorplex
5-6 March – Perth Motorplex
25-26 March – Willowbank Raceway
7-8 May – Sydney Dragway
9-12 June – Willowbank Raceway

Pro Stock
7-8 November – Sydney Dragway
23-24 January – Calder Park Raceway
7-8 May – Sydney Dragway
9-12 June – Willowbank Raceway

Pro Stock Motorcycle
7-8 November – Sydney Dragway
23-24 January – Calder Park Raceway
19-20 February – Perth Motorplex
12-13 March – Calder Park Raceway
7-8 May – Sydney Dragway
9-12 June – Willowbank Raceway

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