Racers thrill at shoot out
Motor sports: Racing may not be the most accurate word to describe drags - the overall winner is picked based on consistency as opposed to speed.
Sunday's drag race at Carnell Raceway attracted 30 competitors from all across Queensland and New South Wales for a day of thrilling motor sports.
Racers travelled from Brisbane, Gold Coast, Guyra, Inverell, Woodburn competing against half a dozen Stanthorpe locals.
Vice President of the Stanthorpe and District Sporting Car Club Rob Brown said the drags meeting went really well.
"It was a very good meeting for the club,” Mr Brown said.
"All of the competitors and spectators all enjoyed themselves.
"The spectators were very happy with what they saw.”
The drags meeting included a shoot out where sixteen competitors are halved every round until the final two race for an overall winner.
The aim of the shoot out is the race as close as possible to the exact same time every time the driver goes down the 200m strip.
Ben Reid won the event overall while the quickest time on the day was done by Ben Minus at 6.48 seconds racing at 105 miles per hour.
Mr Brown said the day started by seeing what time the vehicles raced at.
"When the green light comes down, they take off and race over the finish line, and they're given a time slip,” he said.
"The time slip itself gives your reaction time off the line, your elapsed time and your speed at mile per hour.
"It helps the racers decipher what speed to dial in at for the shoot out.”
Mr Brown said the weather was great.
"The conditions were perfect, there was no cloud cover and no rain,” Mr Brown said.
"The day itself is classed as a test and tune day as well, we just throw in a bit of a shoot out just to spice up the fun.”
Racers must compete in at least three different meeting to be eligible for an end of year trophy.
Mr Brown said at the end of the year winner is based off points scored at the meets.
"The winner of the day gets so many points, the runners up get so many points,” he said.
"Then you have some semi and quarter finalised which get broken down to a point table and added up at the end of the year.
"Then whoever's got the most points wins.”
He said at the moment there's around five drivers who are neck in neck for first spot, however he said the sport was more about racers enjoying themselves.
"We don't race for sheep stations,” he said.
"Everyone's there for the same reason and that's just to have fun in a nice, safe environment.”