Following racer consultation meetings held in January and February, the board of Willowbank Raceway has announced the introduction of a new racing class – Donnelly Blasting Services QDRC Outlaws.
The new bracket will replace Supercharged Outlaws in the Queensland Drag Racing Championship (QDRC) series and pits turbocharged, nitrous-powered and supercharged V8s against each other.
The bracket is a local class only (not eligible for the ANDRA national championship) and will be contested at select rounds of the QDRC across 2014. Its first appearance will be on 15 March 2014, as part of the second round of the QDRC, with entries open now at www.willowbankraceway.com.au until 5.00pm (QLD) Wednesday 12 March 2014.
Throwing his early support behind the bracket is Donnelly Blasting Services boss and DBS Motorsport team principal Jason Donnelly, who has chosen to sponsor the bracket and provide additional prize money for bracket winners as part of a long-running association with the Raceway.
“The Donnelly family has a long involvement with Willowbank Raceway, through not only sponsorship but also through active participation with my sons Daniel (20) and Jake (18) both racing and myself taking the wheel as often as work commitments permit,” said Donnelly, who previously sponsored the Junior Dragster bracket and will watch on as his son Jake takes part in the first outing for QDRC Outlaws on 15 March 2014 while Daniel races in Super Sedan.
“When we heard about this new bracket we just had to get behind it – we think the inclusion of not only blown cars but also turbo and nitrous cars will bring an exciting mix to the sport for not only racers but also spectators, with close and exciting racing.
“These kinds of supercharging are definitely seen as the way of the future for a lot of people, DBS included, so we are excited to be supporting this new venture and to get in amongst it ourselves across the year – along the way hopefully we can pick up some good results to thank our hard working crew and friends who help us out regularly at the track.”
Willowbank Raceway CEO Tony Manson said the new Donnelly Blasting Services QDRC Outlaws bracket would encourage fierce competition by pitting different kinds of forced induction cars up against each other for the first time.
“By introducing this new race bracket we are hoping to answer the call by racers and spectators to pit these kinds of cars against each other – encouraging increased competition and excitement for racers and spectators alike while creating a home for all kinds of forced induction race cars right here at Willowbank Raceway,” said Manson.
“Under the new regulations you will see everything from funny cars to dragsters to altereds and sedans running down the track side-by-side, with edge of your seat action virtually guaranteed by virtue of these machines’ prowess.
"We encourage racers and spectators to come along and be a part of this exciting new development here at Willowbank Raceway.”
For more information on the new Donnelly Blasting Services QDRC Outlaws bracket – set to debut on 15 March 2014 at Willowbank Raceway - including category specification and entry details - http://www.vision6.com.au/ch/38732/1cjfx/1744285/662eby3s0.html
Joining the Donnelly Blasting Services QDRC Outlaws on track for the 15 March 2014 QDRC round will be competitors across the QDRC SuperComp, QDRC Comp Bike, Knijff Earthmoving Modified, Powercruise Super Sedan, Prime Signs/Speed Elec Super Street, Modified Bike, Junior Dragster and Super Gas categories. Gates will open at 9.00am with qualifying from 1.00pm to 5.00pm and all racing from 5.00pm.
Entries are available online at www.willowbankraceway.com.au and will close at 5.00pm on Wednesday 12 March 2014, while spectator entry is available at the gate at just $20 for adults and $18 for students with ID, and children aged 13 and under gain free entry. For full event information, please visit www.willowbankraceway.com.au
Willowbank Raceway is Queensland’s premier drag racing facility, located 45 minutes from Brisbane or just a short drive from Ipswich, offering a year-round program of events for the entire family. For more information including a full event calendar, please visit www.willowbankraceway.com.au
EVENT INFORMATION: QUEESLAND DRAG RACING CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND TWO: 15 MARCH 2014
Racing from QDRC SuperComp, QDRC CompBike, Donnelly Blasting Services QDRC Outlaws, Knijff Earthmoving Modified, Powercruise Super Sedan, Prime Signs/Speed Elec Super Street, Modified Bike, Junior Dragster, Super Gas