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We’re busy preparing for this years FUCHS Winternationals. The biggest drag racing event in the Souther n Hemisphere. 600 teams, 4 days, the best racers in the country a n d i n e a c h c a t e g o r y, t h e r e i s o n l y o n e w i n n e r.
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L U B R I C A N T S . T E C H N O L O G Y. P E O P L E .
from Paul Pisasale – Mayor of Ipswich
Welcome to the Ipswich Motorsport Precinct, home to Willowbank Raceway. Ipswich City Council is proud of the strong partnership developed with sport of drag racing over many years and also recognises the valuable contribution volunteers make at each event. This volunteer support helps to maintain Willowbank Raceway’s reputation as one of the premier facilities for the sport in Australia. This long weekend will offer a new experience and concept for drag racing fans. It is called the “Super 3 Extreme Drag Race”, or a super 3 round format. On Friday and Saturday there will be a race to the final with a winner each night, which is quite different to the normal event where qualifying was run on the first night and an ultimate winner declared on the second night.
Willowbank Raceway again delivers on its promise of being home to drag racing’s finest.
There will be plenty of extreme action featuring crowdpleasing Top Fuel Dragsters, Top Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars plus a tremendous line-up of support categories. Willowbank Raceway again delivers on its promise of being home to drag racing’s finest. It will be another thrilling weekend for the race fans. Mayor Paul Pisasale City of Ipswich
John Winterburn – President of Willowbank Raceway After more than three years of development by Willowbank Raceway and many months working closely with ANDRA’s new CEO Malcolm Bulley, I am so excited to be able to welcome you to the Santo’s Cranes Super 3 Extreme Drag Race event. With an exciting new race format providing the fans with more on-track passes from their favourite professional race categories, and rewarding the competitors for their efforts by giving them more chances to get their prized rides into the finals; I really feel this new format is the start of an exciting new phase for the sport of drag racing, much like the Twenty20format was for cricket. It really is a radical shift from the tournament-style format the spectators and the racers are used to; providing the chance for all the Top Fuel and Top Alcohol competitors to run at least twice
each day, and three times each day for the finalists, rather than first having to qualify one day only to perhaps be eliminated in the first round the next day. This event is not only special due to its format, as it also features the Louie Rapisarda Top Fuel Trophy Race, in honour of Top Fuel driver Louie Rapisarda who lost his life in a racing accident in 1990. Willowbank Raceway and the Rapisarda family have always had a strong connection and for us to be able to once again show our support for Louie’s father Santo is something we are very proud of. To the racers and spectators, the officials, the volunteers and everyone involved in making this event possible – thank you for your continuing support and efforts – now let’s go racing!
A proud drag racing family, Santo Jnr, Santo & Santino
SANTO’S SUPERSUPPORT Welcome to the Santo’s Cranes Super 3 Extreme Drag Race, featuring the Louie Rapisarda Top Fuel Trophy Race. As a long time supporter of Willowbank Raceway and dedicated to the sport of drag racing in Australia and the United States, when Willowbank Raceway came to me with the idea for this exciting new event in Louie’s honour I was so pleased to be able to support it both personally and through my business Santo’s Cranes. Willowbank Raceway holds a special place in my heart and the heart of my family as the place of Louie’s last race in 1990, and even as the years pass I am continually taken aback by the support for my family and for Louie’s memory shown not only by the Raceway but also by the wider Australian drag racing community.
Willowbank Raceway holds a special place in my heart and the heart of my family as the place of Louie’s last race in 1990. “ Santo Rapisarda
We will ourselves be fielding two cars in this event and no matter how our own race campaign goes during this very special event, I know my family and I look forward to celebrating Louie’s life with our wider drag racing family once again this weekend and to presenting the trophy to the deserving winner. Good luck to all racers. Santo Rapisarda
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The Santo’s Cranes Super 3 Extreme Drag Race event not only brings professional drag racing back to Willowbank Raceway during the Easter timeslot for the first time in many years, it does so with an exciting new race format which has attracted wide attention from both within and outside of Australia’s drag racing community.
For the professional racing brackets of Top Fuel and Top Alcohol, the event will host two individual championship rounds in one event, with a winner to be crowned on both Friday 29 March and Saturday 30 March 2013. As opposed to the traditional eliminations/tournament style of racing, the Santo’s Cranes Super 3 Extreme Drag Race will see a three round approach taken to racing for the Top Fuel and Top Alcohol racers – adding more track-time and requiring careful strategy from the racers as they need to make every on-track run count. First, all Top Fuel and Top Alcohol competitors will take to the track for one round where they try to set the quickest and fastest times they can, setting their pairings for the second round of racing.
For the second round, all racers will be looking to not only win their pairing, but set impressive times as the top four winners from this round will proceed to the finals, with the third and fourth quickest winners selected to compete in the ‘Preliminary Final’ (deciding third and fourth) and the quickest and second quickest winners facing off in ‘The Final’ to find the day’s winner and runner-up. Once the winner has been crowned on Friday, they will get ready to do it all over again on Saturday. The Santo’s Cranes Super 3 Extreme Drag Race will also feature the Louie Rapisarda Trophy Race, honouring the Top Fuel driver who passed away in 1990. Thanks to a partnership between Louie’s father and event sponsor Santo Rapisarda and Willowbank Raceway, a special commemorative trophy for the winner of the Top Fuel bracket will be on offer. The combined points for Top Fuel from both Friday and Saturday will be used to determine the winner of the Louie Rapisarda Trophy. The racers of all other brackets participating in the Santo’s Cranes Super 3 Extreme Drag Race will complete three qualifying passes on Friday 29 March, before Saturday 30 March sees all sportsman brackets run a Chicago Shootout format, racing three rounds with the two best performing racers to make it into the final.
All competitors must qualify with their best possible elapsed time.
All competitors who qualify then run a traditional elimination format, with the top qualifier racing against the bottom place qualifier and so on.
The preliminary final (deciding third and fourth) will be between the next two quickest winners, where there are four or more winners from the elimination rounds.
SUPER 3 EXTREME FINAL
The final (deciding winner and runner up) will be made up of the two winners from the elimination rounds with the quickest elapsed times.
EXHIBITION Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1
TOP BIKE 9.50 8.90 7.90 6.90 PRO STREET OUTLAW 10.5
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EXHIBITION QUALIFYING RD QUALIFYING RD Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 Q3
TOP BIKE TOP FUEL TOP ALCOHOL 9.50 8.90 7.90 6.90 PRO STREET OUTLAW 10.5 9.50
5:03PM 5:06PM 5:25PM 5:50PM 6:00PM 6:10PM 6:27PM 6:40PM 6:43PM 6:51PM
EXHIBITION RD1 RD1 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3 Q3
TOP BIKE TOP ALCOHOL TOP FUEL 8.90 7.90 6.90 PRO STREET OUTLAW 10.5
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ENTERTAINMENT EXHIBITION PRELIMINARY FINAL PRELIMINARY FINAL FINAL FINAL
8:39PM TOP BIKE TOP ALCOHOL TOP FUEL TOP ALCOHOL TOP FUEL
8:55PM 8:58PM 9:03PM 9:10PM 9:15PM
The Super 3 Extreme Drag Racing format will entice teams race as hard as possible.
EXHIBITION QUALIFYING RD QUALIFYING RD RD2 RD2 RD2 RD2 RD2 RD2 RD3
TOP BIKE TOP ALCOHOL TOP FUEL 6.90 7.90 PRO STREET OUTLAW 10.5 9.50 8.90 6.90
5:04PM 5:07PM 5:32PM 5:51PM 6:04PM 6:21PM 6:24PM 6:32PM 6:42PM 6:52PM
EXHIBITION RD1 RD1 RD3 RD3 RD3 RD3 RD3
TOP BIKE TOP ALCOHOL TOP FUEL 7.90 PRO STREET OUTLAW 10.5 8.90 9.50
7:05PM 7:08PM 7:33PM 7:51PM 8:08PM 8:11PM 8:19PM 8:29PM
ENTERTAINMENT TOP BIKE 9.50 8.90 7.90 6.90 PRO STREET OUTLAW 10.5 TOP ALCOHOL TOP FUEL TOP ALCOHOL TOP FUEL
8:54PM 8:57PM 8:59PM 9:02PM 9:05PM 9:08PM 9:11PM 9:15PM 9:19PM 9:25PM 9:29PM
The Rapisarda camp has brought out the American gun for this special event and want to win it for all the obvious reasons.
Top Fuel Champion who is looking to turn disappointing events at Perth around in the best possible way . Will be hungry for points.
EXHIBITION FINAL FINAL FINAL FINAL FINAL FINAL PRELIMINARY FINAL PRELIMINARY FINAL FINAL FINAL
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4:00PM 4:03PM 4:13PM 4:23PM 4:40PM 4:53PM 4:56PM
TOP BIKE 9.50 8.90 7.90 6.90 PRO STREET OUTLAW 10.5
EXHIBITION RD1 RD1 RD1 RD1 RD1 RD1
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The action on-track for the Super 3 Extreme Drag Race event is not limited to the Top Fuel and Top Alcohol categories either.
Indeed, there will be a full field of sportsman racers taking to the track – but with a twist on the norm. Unlike other events, the Santo’s Cranes Super 3 Extreme Drag Race event will host all of its race brackets under the ‘heads up pro start’ method within what is known as a ‘fixed index’ category structure – meaning that all cars leave the start line together, with the start line lights acting as they do for the professional categories (all ambers on, then green) and that no car will take more than 10 seconds to travel the length of the quarter-mile. Instead of racing with handicaps (leaving the line at different times), the racers for this event will choose to run in one of the provided ‘elapsed time’ brackets – to win, they must cross the line ahead of their competitor, but not run faster than their elected time bracket. To accomplish this, some cars will run what is called a ‘throttle stop’ in their electronics set-up, which will be witnessed by onlookers as a brief slowing down after leaving the start line before the car takes off again. The ‘elapsed time’ category make-up (rather than a car-type distinction) means spectators will see all kinds of racers lining up against each other at Willowbank Raceway this Easter – from long dragsters racing against sedans, to roadsters taking on short-wheelbase altered, to supercharged cars taking on fuel-injected vehicles or even nitrous-powered racers taking on carburetted cars. The result = quick and volatile racing across the entire entry list; a call for more strategy from the racers; a visual spectacle for spectators with a wide mix of cars battling it out; and ultimately - a return to drag racing as everyone knows it – two cars leaving the start line together and racing to the finish line!
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MAY 11 & AUGUST 11/12 Cruzin Magazine Nostalgia Drags events at Willowbank Raceway not only features exciting racing from a range of Nostalgia classes such as Nostalgia Super Stock and Retro Bikes; it also offers off-track entertainment including the popular Shannons Insurance Show and Shine. For full information and schedules, please visit www.willowbankracewayl.com.au
MAY 25 LOGAN HYPERDOME SHOPPING CENTRE The 2013 FUCHS Winternationals family fun day at the Logan Hyperdome will host a wide array of race vehicles along with drivers, children’s entertainment and rides, autograph sessions, face painting, giveaways, special guests and more. Held just two weeks prior to the 2013 FUCHS Winternationals, this event will provide a great family day out along with the chance to get up close and personal with some spectacular cars and their drivers.
JUNE 1/2 Before the racers hit the track over four days for the 2013 FUCHS Winternationals, 150 teams are expected to take to Willowbank Raceway the weekend before for the official Winternationals Warm-Up test session. With a wide array of cars and bikes taking advantage of the last possible testing opportunity ahead of the country’s largest drag racing event, there will be plenty to see across 1 and 2 June.
JUNE 7-10 QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY LONG WEEKEND The 2013 FUCHS Winternationals is the largest drag racing event held outside of North America, with more than 500 racers and approximately 30,000 spectators heading to Willowbank Raceway for the event each year. Featuring ANDRA Drag Racing Series championship racing for the Top Fuel, Top Alcohol, Top Doorslammer, Top Bike, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle brackets as well as a full field of sportsman racers for the Aeroflow Sportsman Series Championship and a full entertainment program both on and off the quarter-mile, this event is a ‘must see’ for any motorsport enthusiast. Tickets for the 2013 FUCHS Winterantionals are on sale now at www.willowbankraceway.com.au Entries for the 2013 FUCHS Winternationals are now open at www.willowbankraceway.com.au
JULY 21 With on and off track entertainment, a show and shine, dyno competition, free kids rides, trade stalls, manufacturer displays and a range of celebrated Ford vehicles on show - including brand new, restored, original and show piece cars, as well as dedicated drag cars, modified street cars and stock rides – the Ford Fun Fair is about celebrating all things Ford. For more information, please visit www.willowbankraceway.com.au
AUGUST 4 Mopar Sunday celebrates all things mopar – whether its brand new, restored, original, a show piece, a dedicated drag car, a modified street car, a stock ride or a pro stock racer. The annual Mopar Sunday event features a wide range of on and off track entertainment including show and shine events, dyno shootouts and swap meets. For more information, please visit www.willowbankraceway.com.au
SEPT 15 For everything GM, Willowbank Raceway will be the place to be this September with a wide range of famous GMs from on and off the track on show alongside free kids rides, dyno competitons, show and shine, manufacturer presentations and more – for more information, please visit www.willowbankraceway.com.au
SEPT 21/22 Staged across two big days, the Brisbane Jamboree is not just a drag racing event – it is Australia’s largest hi-tech automotive lifestyle event, with a wide range of racing brackets and a full list of off-track entertainment activities including stunt shows, beat box stage shows, show and shine, trader and club displays, kids’ rides and more. More than 200 racers and thousands of spectators head to Willowbank Raceway each year for this popular event celebrating all things automotive.
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