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  IHRA AUSTRALIA INTRODUCES EXCITING NEW BRACKET REAL STREET    
 

Date: 30th October 2020

In a major and exciting announcement American Muscle Cars, European Sports Cars Japanese Imports, Electric Hybrids will all feature in a radical new bracket known as REAL STREET.

 

This announcement heralds a new dawn in the future for Drag Racing and has just widened the front door to the sport dramatically.

 

IHRA Australia CEO Maurice Allen is extremely excited about the inception of these two new classes. Our goal here was to look at ways of help growing the membership and introducing new first time competitors for the sustainability of all IHRA Australia Member Tracks, based on current motor vehicles sales in Australia.

 

This exciting announcement sees the introduction of A/RST and B/RST representing a 9.00 and a 9.50 bottom ET cut off respectively.

 

As part of this major announcement competitors will now be able to run at all three levels of the sport, from Off Street Events, State Championship rounds and then onto the major  400 Thunder National Drag Racing Series and potentially earning a 400 Thunder Gold Christmas Tree.

 

Further details of the bracket as follows:

 

1.   A/RST 2013 and later (compliance) street registered vehicles competing 9.00 sec to 12.99 sec ET/165 MPH.

2.   B/RST 2003 to 2012 (compliance) street registered vehicles competing 9.50 sec to 12.99 sec ET/150 MPH.

 

Strictly DOT tyres, No Trans Brakes, No Delay Boxes.

Operating under the Dial Your Own Handicap System.

 

IHRA Australia National Technical Director Tim Nielsen stated these are exciting times, introducing this class will boost the progression of the sport, securing longevity and a clear path moving the sport forward into the future.

 

The safety and technology in late model sports cars and muscle cars coming into this country is beyond reproach.

Conversations between track promotors, chassis builders and Engine tuners have helped make this new class come to fruition.

 

These new and exciting class rules have been uploaded into the IHRA Australia Supplementary App, which is available to download on the Apple and Android platforms for FREE.

 

Stay updated to all the latest news in Drag Racing at www.ihra.com.au

 

Real Street - The Future has arrived

 

Maurice Allen

CEO

 
   
 
 
 
     
24th September 2020
This to back up yesterday's announcement, to put this into perspective IHRA Australia has been working on this project behind the scenes with Drive It for two years and there was always a belief in the Drive It Team and their passion and commitment to see this through.

As the Head of the Sanctioning Body I was really impressed with the Professional approach that Pat Driscoll, Greg Fitzgerald and Graham Pope displayed along with commitment, integrity and a can do attitude that screamed we will get this done.

I can't express my gratitude enough for what this announcement means to Drag Racing in Australia.

One More Brand New Facility !!!!
Regards
Maurice Allen
IHRA Australia


   
     
Townsville Set to Burn Rubber with New Drag Racing Facility
23th September 2020 
We have some incredible News out of Townsville today from Pat Driscoll and Greg Fitzgerald - Drive It Board Members that they are on their way to the Facility for an Announcement about receiving $10 Million to fund the build of the Drag strip in Townsville, Maurice Allen was given the news over the phone just a short while ago regarding the Announcement and the News is just what every Drag Racer needs to hear right about Now... This is a great step forward for Drag racing in delivering a state of the art Full Concrete Quarter Mile Facility with all of the latest IHRA Australia upgrades to cater for all aspects of the sport.
This news bring added excitement with the opportunity to bring the 400 Thunder Championship Drag Racing Series to Townsville showcasing Australia's best Teams in both the Professional and Sportsman Ranks under IHRA Australia Sanctioning and the new Drive It Facility located just about of Townsville.
We will continue to provide updates on this exciting project as details come to hand.
Please tune into the evening news in Far North Queensland tonight for a full wrap up and head to www.driveitnq.com.au for further updates.
     
     
 
Racing Onn & IHRA Australia team for Supercar Double Header Event in Adelaide
13th September 2020 

In an exciting announcement Racing Onn Promotions has teamed up with IHRA Australia and The Bend Motorsport Park to bring back drag racing in SA at the up and coming V8 Supercar Event on September 19-20th and again on September 26-27th.

Whilst this is set to be on off-track display, this will be an exciting way to give all Motorsport fans the opportunity to come out and be around a fantastic selection of drag racing vehicles.

There will be a great assortment of cars and bikes from different classes and categories of drag racing. There will be engine start-ups and give aways.

This must be seen as an excellent opportunity to motivate and enthusiasm lf all of our loyal race fans in SA at the recently completed motorsport venue (Drag Strip yet to be yet to be constructed. This event will be a great introduction to all of those who are not familiar with drag to get a feel, taste and smell of our dynamic sport.

Rino and Kirsty D'Alfonso from Racing Onn Promotions commented that drag racing is in our blood and what a wonderful opportunity to get back to supporting all our loyal supporters including the fans of drag racing in Adelaide. The support already shown has been overwhelming. Let's all get behind this and all that is asked that if you are a drag racing fan, do not miss this opportunity to show your support for drag racing in Adelaide.

Maurice Allen, CEO of IHRA Australia commented that we are extremely pleased and excited at the prospect of teaming up with Racing Onn Promotions in presenting these off track displays in South Australia at The Bend Motorsport Park and finally giving hope to South Australian competitors and fans on what the future holds.

Be sure to bring the family down with some of the racers allowing children of all ages to sit in their cars/bikes or event just pop over to the display and say hello.

There will be kid's entertainment with Spider-Man, Iron-Man and Batman appearances with the Bat mobile on display.

It is exciting to see Racing Onn Promotions and IHRA Australia working together to promote the sport of drag racing in Adelaide.

For further details, tickets, accommodation please head over to The Bend Motorsport Park http://thebend.com.au/

See you there!

 
     
     
 
IHRA Australia Welcomes Copper Coast Motorsports Raceway 
11th September 2020 

IHRA Australia is pleased to announce a Multi-Year sanctioning agreement with the Copper Coast Drag Racing Club located on the beautiful Yorke Peninsula in South Australia. The Copper Coast Raceway is situated approximately 1hour and 20 minutes from the centre of Adelaide and the Club is pleased to announce that the land has already been acquired in Kadina and a large area has already been cleared to make way for the next stage of building a Full quarter mile drag strip with all of the latest IHRA Australia Safety features incorporated into the design. The club has been working behind the scene in forging a relationship with the Copper Coast Council and are to be commended on forging a strong and healthy relationship with them.

IHRA Australia CEO Maurice Allen presented a formal proposal to the Copper Coast Mayor as well as the CEO outlining the benefits and opportunities that the sport of drag racing can bring to the popular sea side town.

The initial meeting generated excitement, and a second meeting was called for, to include all the representatives of the Copper Coast council. The excitement and buzz around a facility of this nature was seen as an excellent opportunity and a must build approach was the outcome by the whole council. CEO Russell Peate commented that the Copper Coast Council have agreed to actively support the club and IHRA Australia in securing the finances to help construct the drag strip. Mr Peate also went on to say that the Copper Coast Council appreciated the economic, community, social benefits and value of such a new complex.

Maurice Allen commented that this is a terrific opportunity for us as an organisation to move into the state of South Australia and see this as a terrific opportunity to all IHRA Australia competitors in the Southern States to have another brand new drag racing facility to compete at. This growth an expansion will see us recruiting more Stewards, Technical Inspectors and Track Staff to accommodate and support Drag Racing in South Australia.

Steve Bettes General Manager of 400 Thunder Professional and Sportsman Drag racing series also commented that this announcement is a further exciting development for the sport of Drag Racing in Australia and we look forward to the facility receiving the required funding and the delivery of another IHRA Australia ¼ Mile Drag racing complex that will provide immense tourism opportunities and dollars spent in the beautiful Yorke Peninsula.

IHRA Australia 

     
 
IHRA Australia Welcomes Heathcote Park Raceway to Member Family
IHRA 9th September 2020
 

IHRA Australia today announced the latest member track to join Australia’s largest Drag Racing Sanctioning Body, Heathcote Park Raceway in Victoria, as part of a multi-year sanctioning agreement between the two parties.

Located around 130km North-West of Melbourne and only 32km from the Regional City of Bendigo, the historic venue that has been a part of the Victorian Drag Racing landscape for over 40 years.

With the recent announcement of the purchase of Heathcote Raceway Park by Melbourne based Drag Racer and businessman Lance Warren, it marks an exciting time for the Drag Racing Community in Victoria... READ MORE

 
     
     
 
VALE JOHN "Stomper" WINTERBURN
IHRA 9th September 2020 
Today, We received the very sad news that Willowbank Raceway's John "Stomper" Winterburn has passed away unexpectedly, and he will be sadly missed by all of his family and friends.
Only a few days ago he was honoured for his lengthy and meritorious service to the sport with news that he will be inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame for 2021.
 We are all so glad he knew about this induction before he passed today, as it is a fitting tribute to his work in the sport for over 50 years.
John's list of achievements is endless, but here is a summary.... Winterburn's contribution to Queensland and Australian drag racing involves an unmatched 54 continuous...
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IHRA Australia Junior Drag Bike Sign on Days
IHRA Australia is conducting two Sign on Days for Junior Drag Bike.
The following two dates are proposed for the following facilities.
 
WILLOWBANK RACEWAY - Saturday 22nd August 2020, from 11am - 1pm
In attendance will be the following IHRA Australia Staff and officials:
  • Maurice Allen
  • Lawrie Moore
  • Darren Painter
SYDNEY DRAGWAY - Saturday 29th August 2020, from 10am - 12pm
In attendance will be the following IHRA Australia Staff and officials:
  • Tim Nielsen
  • Mick Withers
  • Will Davey
This will be the start of various sign on days that will be conducted by IHRA Australia. The objective of these events is to provide the following:
  • Application and processing of Drag Racing Licences.
  • Technical Inspection of Motorcycles.
  • Basic Skills Tests
  • Introduction and explanation of Drag Racing, Junior Drag Bike Class and participation in the sport.
These events will require you to bring the following:
  • Legal Guardian/Parent.
  • All required Licencing Forms, i.e.: Licence Application, Completed Medical/Physical form, Proof of Age (Birth Certificate) and Under 18 Indemnity Form
  • Motorcycle compliant for one of the two categories - 150cc or 300cc
  • Full riding gear, including helmet, full leathers, boots and gloves.
  • For helmet requirements please refer to the IHRA Australia Helmet Matrix on this website. Please follow this link: http://ihra.com.au/helmets.html
Any enquiries on paperwork required please contact Melanie at the IHRA Australia Head office.
Please register your interest if you are planning to attend these events by emailing IHRA Australia Head Office
 
IHRA Australia
Ph: (03) 9736 9578
E: admin@ihraaustralia.com.au
 
     
     
     
 
     
   
     
 
     
 
SYDNEY DRAGWAY TRACK UPDATE
IHRA 17th June 2020 
 
The Sydney Dragway board and Project Steering Committee are pleased to announce that Fulton Hogan have been awarded the tender to remove and replace the racing surface.
 
 
Ehab Saffaga from Fulton Hogan and Sydney Dragway Chairman Joseph Rodriquez took part in the handover ceremony at the track this afternoon, with demolition slated to begin tomorrow.
Stay tuned as we provide regular updates throughout the construction process!
     
   
2020 NEW RULES ADDED TECHNICAL DEPARTMENT 
IHRA 10th June 2020 
 
IHRA Australia and its Technical Review Committee (TRC) have used COVID-19 and the unfortunate downtime in drag racing activities to further increase and develop a safer sport, to improve driver / rider / vehicle safety specification.
There will be updates provided over the next few months and we urge anyone in the drag racing industry to refer to this website for all of these latest rule updates.
The following rules have been created and you will need to take not specifically of their implementation dates...
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GREEN LIGHT FOR COMPETITOR TEST DAYS 
IHRA 29th May 2020 
 
Willowbank Raceway is excited to announce that we will be able to resume small testing events commencing Saturday June 13th, 2020. In order to comply with Queensland Government sporting venue restrictions, we will be able to facilitate a maximum of 13 total customers at each event (this total must include all racers and crew combined) with no public spectator access available...READ MORE 
 
     
WE ARE STILL HERE!! 
IHRA 28th May 2020 
 
We have had plenty of questions asking about when we may be able to return to racing here at Sydney Dragway. 
We have prepared a “Back to Racing” document in conjunction with our sanctioning body, IHRA Australia. This document has been submitted to the relevant Government departments to commence the discussion on how we return to racing as... READ MORE 
     
   
 UPDATE FROM THE CEO REGARDING COVID-19
 IHRA 20th March 2020
 
From behind the desk of Maurice Allen CEO IHRA Australia,
I would like to reassure all racers by way of an update regarding COVID-19
 HRA Australia is working hard behind the scenes and we are writing to you to provide an update on the measures that we are putting into place to look after our loyal supporters. This includes discussions with government departments, IHRA Member Tracks and insurance companies, all with the intention of... READ MORE
 
     
   
 Attention All IHRA Australia Competition Licence Holders
 
 We would like to remind you that if your IHRA Australia competition licence has expired, you will be granted 12 months to renew your licence.
During this 12 month period you do not have to worry about losing your race number.
We would also like to thank you and your team for your ongoing support of IHRA Australia, and we hope that you and your family stay safe during this global crisis.
We look forward to seeing you at the race track.
 
Regards
IHRA AUSTRALIA 
 
     
   
 New Multi Day Reciprocal Event Licence
 IHRA - 27th February 2020
 
Attention Racers
IHRA Australia has introduced a new Multi Day Reciprocal Event Licence (MDREL), which is available for all racers, with current alternative sanctioning body credentials, who wish to compete in a IHRA Australia Sanctioned Event. 
 
MAXIMUM 3 DAY EVENT  
 
   
  1. Download MDREL form
  2. Send to IHRA Australia Head Office with $75.00 fee
  3. Present Vehicle/Bike at Track for Full IHRA Audit
  4. SEND IT

        CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FORM 

 
  • Request and Payment for a MDREL form, must be completed prior to the event.
  • A current Licence and Logbook in date from an Alternative Sanctioning Body must be provided.
  • Teams responsibility to ensure that vehicle meets all IHRA Australia Class regulations and Class designations.
  • Technical Inspect (100% Scrutineering) to be completed at Track by an IHRA Technical Officer (Valid for Event Only).
  • IHRA Australia reserves the right to disallow any vehicle not compliant with regulations and class designation. 
     
   
 400 THUNDER / IHRA Joint Statement
 IHRA - 6th February 2020
 
In response to an article published in yesterdays paper regarding Top Fuel Racer Wayne Newby, IHRA Australia & 400 Thunder have issued the following statement:
“in light of the article published on the Daily Telegraph on the 5th February 2020, we acknowledge the seriousness of the charges and subsequent conviction of Wayne Newby.
IHRA Australia and 400 Thunder are undertaking a joint investigation into the case given the seriousness of the issue. The results of this will be shared with his team, Rapisarda Autosport International and Wayne himself.
It is important to note that Wayne has taken full responsibility in his actions surrounding the case in question. He has pleaded guilty before the courts and accepts his sentence in full. His prior impeccable record regarding this type of charge has been considered by the courts and has been a significant factor in the outcome... READ MORE
 
     
   
 PALMYRA DRAGWAY SIGN 3 YEAR SANCTIONING AGREEMENT
 IHRA - 14/01/2020
 
Chirnside Park Vic, IHRA Australia announces a 3 Year Sanctioning Agreement with Palmyra Dragway.
Palmyra Dragway is situated in Mackay Qld, and is one of the longest and oldest facilities in Australia steeped in history. Palmyra Dragway is a Full Quarter Mile facility in beautiful Far North Queensland.
IHRA Australia CEO Maurice Allen stated that this announcement is exciting for all Qld Drag Racers and Fans alike, as this now gives everyone in the region three great facilities to race at, including Springmount Raceway and Willowbank Raceway. The growth of Drag Racing in Queensland at the moment is fantastic and exciting and the addition of Palmyra Dragway is terrific for the future growth and sustainability for the Sport. 
 
     
 
 
               
 
 
     
 
 
 
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