Despite major covid19 & weather disruptions to the 2021/2022 season, 400 Thunder Championship Drag Racing have now bitten the bullet and launched “Super Season 2.0”.
The “Super Season 2.0” 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, plus the three round match races of the Top Fuel Funny cars of Morice McMillin in the Aeroflow Toyota Camry and Adam Murahy in the Nitro Freak Chevrolet.
CEO of Willowbank Raceway, Peter Beaumont, and staff are well underway with the preparations 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.”
The Heathcote Park Raceway event on April 30th and May 1st, has been postponed to a date TBC shortly. This event postponement will enable the track resurfacing at Heathcote Park Raceway to be completed without the pressure to have everything done before the proposed 400 Thunder Championship round.
The APDR Ltd. Board has met recently, and has decided due to a number of factors, including weather and Covid-19, the only course of action is to move to a second Super Season that will run through until the 2023 Winternationals and will include all events that have and will be completed from the 2021/2022 Season.
This includes the Palmyra Thunder 1000 Oct, 2021, the Gulf Western Oil New Year’s Thunder Feb, 2022, the Gulf Western Oil Super Thunder April 8/9, 2022 and The Gulf Western Oil Winternationals June 9-12, 2022.
These events will be included into the 2022/2023 400 Thunder calendar and will form the Super Season 2.0. This calendar will be announced soon and will provide ample opportunity for competitors and spectators alike to view 400 Thunder Championship racing.
Despite multiple factors disrupting the Championship since January 2020, the chief of these being the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, 400 Thunder, its competitors and its race tracks remain committed to the Championship.
The announcement of the Super Season 2.0 is 400 Thunder’s commitment to the Drag Racing community, to provide continuity to all.
Tony Wedlock the Chairman of APDR Ltd said “The damage that has been caused to events, tourism, business, and families since January 2020 could not have been predicted by anybody, and unfortunately, the world of Drag Racing has been intrinsically linked to all of this damage and has suffered immensely.”
“However, at 400 Thunder with its strong racer and race fan base, plus the support of all of our member tracks, and world leading TV contracts, we are on a mission to make this coming season the best ever.”
“Putting Covid aside for a minute, we are seeing some great growth within our sport at a track level with new tracks like The Bend coming online and extensive upgrades to existing facilities like Sydney Dragway, Heathcote and Willowbank.”
The 2021/2023 Super Season Calendar is being resolved as we speak and will include events at all tracks up and down the East Coast, as well as South Australia.
The Super Season 2.0 will include the events that have been run so far in 2021/2022 plus a choice of up to a potential 12 Championship rounds for both Professional and Sportsman with a maximum of 8 rounds per category. The final allocation of rounds will include multiple rounds at each facility.
400 Thunder management are currently working on the points cap for Sportsman Racers, plus a brand-new concept for Professional Categories where they will be able to selectively drop the worst round from their Championship total.
All of the final arrangements are currently being put in place and the announcements of the 2022/2023 400 Thunder Championship Drag Racing Calendar will be announced shortly.
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