GETTING LOUD: New Zealand drag racer Karl Boniface will take to the track at the Warwick Dragway for the Aussie versus Kiwi Trans-Tasman challenge on Sunday.
GETTING LOUD: New Zealand drag racer Karl Boniface will take to the track at the Warwick Dragway for the Aussie versus Kiwi Trans-Tasman challenge on Sunday. Contributed

Aussies, Kiwis ready to smoke it on track

RACERS will travel from New Zealand and across Australia to the Warwick Dragway this weekend to take part in the first-ever Aussie versus Kiwi Trans-Tasman Challenge.

Warwick Dragway president Chris Loy said it was a great thing for the club to have been asked to host this inaugural event.

"Most vehicles will be historic as it is a nostalgic meeting, but that does not mean they won't be fast," he said.

"It is a great event and it is the first of its type to be held in Australia.

"I think they chose us because we have a friendly atmosphere."

Loy said that the Warwick club used a round-robin style of racing as opposed to the elimination style many other clubs used, which he also said could have contributed to the reason why the Warwick was picked for the event.

Trans-Tasman Challenge co-ordinator Kristy Lange said the on-track rivalry would provide some great entertainment for spectators.

"I know the Aussie locals will be determined to defend their home soil while I know the Kiwis are very excited and determined to put on a great show for the fans," she said.

"It should make for some fantastic racing for sure."

The racers will undertake five match races with points awarded for wins and losses, with the total points tally at the end of the day to decide which country will be awarded as the winners of the 2013 Challenge.

But it is not just the professionals who will have the chance to take to the track, with locals able to take their cars for a spin as well.

Loy said there would be race categories to suit all types of cars from historic to modern.

"It should be a really good day and busy with quite a few races," he said.

You can register for a race at the Warwick Dragway on Sunday for $55.

Warwickites will also have a chance to get a sneak preview of the Kiwi cars before race day.

Loy said they would be on display in Leslie Park from 10am-1pm tomorrow.

"It should be a really good showing," he said.

Race day

 

Where: Warwick Dragway

When: Sunday

 

Time: Gates open at 7am, qualifying from 9am, racing at 12.30pm-4pm.

 

Cost: Racer entry available on the day for $55. Spectator entry is $10.



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