Despite major disruptions to this season, 400 Thunder Championship Drag Racing have locked in dates to finish the 2021/2022 season on a high.
COVID-19, border closures, and two rain-affected events, are in the past and now Willowbank Raceway QLD and Heathcote Park Raceway VIC are prepping for the busy months ahead.
The next event kicks off at Willowbank Raceway from Friday 8th April to Saturday 9th April, for the Gulf Western Oil Super Thunder – Featuring all Professional and Sportsman Categories.
CEO of Willowbank Raceway, Peter Beaumont, and staff are already preparing for the busiest time of the year at the track.
“These next few months are the most exciting and best time of the year for Willowbank Raceway and we are head down with all the planning for the events, as well as the re-development of the facilities following the announcement of the federal government grant of $11 million dollars,” Mr. Beaumont said.
“It’s truly an exciting time for 400 Thunder Championship Drag Racing.”
In even more exciting news, Lance Warren from Heathcote Park Raceway has confirmed the Victorian Track will be resurfaced in time for the Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May Qualifying and Race Day event.
“We are looking forward to attracting 400 Thunder Championship Drag Racing Racers from all over Australia,” Mr. Warren said.
“To make sure we have the best in the business attending the event, we are resurfacing the Drag Strip and the braking area in time for the 400 Thunder event. We confirmed it all with our asphalt company yesterday and it is all systems go. “
Chairman of 400 Thunder, Tony Wedlock, said the efforts of Lance and his team are inspiring.
“Lance Warren is completing an amazing transformation of the Heathcote Park Raceway Facility, in an incredibly short time frame,” Mr. Wedlock said.
“This guy is a machine, and the facility is just getting better and better with new catering areas, expanded pit areas, full concrete walls, sand trap and twin nets, new return road into the pit area, and now the resurfacing of the racing surface.
“It is simply breathtaking how hard Lance and his team are working and investing into what will be the Premier Drag Racing facility in Victoria. We salute you!”
CEO of IHRA Australia, Maurice Allen also complemented Lance on his journey so far “Since Lance purchased Heathcote Park Raceway, IHRA Australia has been with Lance advising him from day one on the safety standards required for the facility, and we are certainly impressed with what he has achieved in the last 12 months during
very tough times. He has already ticked a lot of the very important boxes, and is doing a fine job with the support of his team”
The rest of the 2021/2022 season events will be held at Willowbank Raceway, with Winternationals Warm-Up on Saturday 4th June and Sunday 5th June and the much-anticipated Gulf Western Oil Winternationals from Thursday 9th June to Sunday 12th June.
400 Thunder General Manager Steve Bettes said they are delighted to confirm the events for the remainder of the 2021/2022 Racing Season.
“This is all great news for our competitors and race fans across Australia, and we are delighted to finally be able to confirm the events,” Mr. Bettes said.
“It has been a very tough two years for our sport, but this is the turning point, and we will be announcing our 2022/2023 Calendar very soon.
“Next season will see 400 Thunder racing at all of the following facilities – Springmount Raceway Cairns NQ, Palmyra Dragway Mackay NQ, Willowbank Raceway Ipswich SQ, Sydney Dragway, Eastern Creek, NSW, Heathcote Park Raceway, Heathcote VIC and The Bend Dragway Tailem Bend SA.”
Drag Racing in Australia is making strides in improving track facilities for both professional and sportsman racers. It will be an exciting end of season for all those involved, followed by a full calendar of events for the next season.
2021/2022 – 400 Thunder Championship Drag Racing Calendar
- Willowbank Raceway – Gulf Western Oil Super Thunder – Frid April 8th and Sat April 9th – Featuring all 400 Thunder Professional & Sportsman Categories
- Heathcote Park Raceway – Goldfields Thunder – Frid April 29th – Test Day, Sat April 30th –Qualifying and Sun May 1st – Race Day. Featuring all 400 Thunder Professional & Sportsman Categories
- Willowbank Raceway – Saturday June 4th and Sunday June 5th – Winternationals Warm-Up. Open to all Winternationals Entrants.
- Willowbank Raceway – Gulf Western Oil Winternationals Thurs June 9th, Frid June 10th, Sat June 11th and Sun June 12th –- Featuring all Professional & Sportsman Categories
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