The WA drag racing and burnout communities gathered to congratulate the winners of their championship series on Saurday night at the beautiful Burswood on Swan venue, overlooking the river.
Looking just as good as the venue were many of our racers – taking the opportunity to ditch the firesuit and don a tie – or just the best set of jeans they could find.
Regardless of fashion, everyone had a fun night getting to socialise with their quarter mile cohorts and toast to another great Motorplex season before heading into the cold of winter.
It was great to have the drag racing and burnout folks coming together. Tom Peters (left) and Peter Flint (right) were second and first respectively in the Pro championship, which combined the four major burnout events of the season.
The Fast Series is a fun, entry level sportsman championship which still sees plenty of tough competition. Winners for the championship included Mick Fenton (Sportsman), Bernie Ellerby (Classic), Lee Watson (Oz EFI), Blake Jeffreys (Street Fighter), Tom Gartrell (Fast Bike) and Luke Veersma (Junior Dragster).
Sam Treasure was the thorn between the roses in Modified! Five out of the top six finishers in Modified were women this year, with Alesha Adamos (right) and Michelle Osborn (left) one and two in the state championship. Other state championship winners included Danie Gregorini (Top Comp), Errol Quartermaine (Super Comp), Ross Smith (Competition Bike), Greg James (Supercharged Outlaws), Martin Mirco (Super Sedan), Brett Allen (Modified Bike), Ashleigh Wroe (Super Street) and Bailey McClure (Junior Dragster).
You can’t really tell in this photo, but everybody is thrilled with their awards! From left, Robyn Butler earned the Rookie Driver of the Year title for her efforts in Modified, Ross Smith was the Rider of the Year, Errol Quartermaine was the Driver of the Year and Murray High was the Rookie Rider of the Year.
A number of special awards are also given out on the night. The Champion of Champions Award went to Junior Dragster driver Brayden Naylor, recognising him particularly for his efforts at a national championship level. The award is supported by former Top Fuel Motorcycle rider Gordon Crawford.
And one of the most special memorial trophies of all is the 507 Steve Igglesden Memorial Trophy, which recognises women in drag racing who make an impact not just on the track but also as volunteers or officials. This year’s winner was Dale Gummow. Dale not only drives a Modified dragster but is also regularly at the track assisting in timing, on the start line, in the staging lanes, or virtually anywhere she is needed. Congratulations, Dale!
Of course now we just have that pesky three month wait until the rain clears a little and we can all go racing again. September can’t come soon enough!