LOCAL drag racers will fire their first shots of anger for 2015 at Willowbank Raceway this weekend when the first round of the Street Series hits the track tomorrow.
While on-track action at the Ipswich venue has been underway all month with a full Test 'n' Tune program, tomorrow's event will signal the opening of the competitive season at what is Queensland's premier drag racing facility.
Racers across three categories of 'street vehicle-based' competition will take to the track to compete for Street Sedan, Street Bike and Powder Puff (ladies only) accolades.
Leading the way on two wheels will be 2014 Street Bike champion Ken Rice, who took out victory last year in his debut Street Series season aboard his Harley Davidson.
"I am really looking forward to getting back on the track and hopefully I can at least win a couple of races each round and hopefully make it into the top eight once again," the Churchill based 58-year-old said.
"There are a lot of good racers set to run this year though, so anything could happen."
"I will be running the same bike as 2014 in the 2015 Street Series and I really hope we can see a couple of Harleys in the finals again - especially if one is mine.
"We haven't made any changes to the bike at all over the off-season as we feel we are onto a good thing, and we also have plans in the works for getting a new bike on the track later in the year for the Modified Bike category (in the Queensland Drag Racing Championships).
"The Street Series provides a good show with good close racing and I know I am joined by all of my fellow competitors in encouraging people to come out and have a look at the show we put together, and to consider getting involved themselves - it is a great series to watch and be involved in."
As the entry level competition for aspiring drag race champions, the Street Series provides an accessible and affordable option for car and motorcycle racers who wish to prove their mettle on the race track.
"There are sure to be a lot of returning as well as new faces on the track," Willowbank Raceway CEO Tony Manson said.
The Street Series kicks-off with time trials from 4.30-6.30pm, with racing from 7pm.
The second round of the Street Series will be held on Saturday, February 28, with plenty of action in store between now and then including Race-A-Mate (February 6), the opening round of the Queensland Drag Racing Championships (February 14) and Nostalgia Drag Racing ( February 22), as well as a host of Test 'n' Tune events where anyone is able to come along and try their luck against their friends.
For more information on upcoming events, please visit willowbankraceway.com.au
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