Local teen in fast form
LOCAL teenager Matthew Loy is riding a wave of momentum in the national junior dragster competition and hopes to keep the ride going at Warwick Raceway this weekend.
The Year 10 Warwick High student claimed his first major event win at Willowbank Raceway's Top Fuel Championships in March and then finished runner-up at the Sydney Dragway's Nitro Championships.
This weekend the talented schoolboy will line up for round two of the Queensland Street Car Magazine Eighth Mile Series Diamond T Products junior dragster event on his home track.
Loy said the two final appearances at major events on the Australian drag racing calendar had boosted his confidence heading into this weekend's event.
But the reigning Eighth Mile Series Junior Dragster Champion remained “pretty cool” about his impressive achievements.
“It has been pretty awesome to take the win at the Top Fuel Championships in March and then follow that up with a runner-up result at Sydney's Nitro Champs,” Loy said.
“They are two big events for drag racing and to make it to two finals in a row is pretty cool.
“Things have just really started coming together for us and, hopefully, we can keep that momentum going as we go to round two of the eighth mile series at our home track of Warwick.
“We are the defending champions for the junior dragster category.
“And while round one at Willowbank earlier this year didn't exactly go to plan for me we are hoping to make up for it in the next few meets so we can hopefully make it back to back titles.”
Loy racing is a family effort, with Matthew making special mention of his dad, mum and sister for all their help.
“I really have to thank my dad John, my mum Jenny and my sister Brittany for all their help at the track,” Loy said.
“We do this together and it has been great to be getting the results for all their work.
“I also need to thank my sponsors as to have their support is really important to us, Warwick Panel and Paint and FG Loy and Sons Earthmoving have been a great help to us and hopefully more results will be coming our way soon.”
Joining Loy and his fellow Diamond T Products Junior Dragster racers on track at Warwick Raceway will be competitors from the JP Racing Super Sedan, John William Auto Sales Super Street, Qld Numberplate Group Modified Bike, RD Williams Excavator Parts Modified and FG Loy and Sons Earthmoving Classic classes.
The Queensland Street Car Magazine Eighth Mile Series includes three rounds of racing plus a grand final.
The first was hosted by Willowbank Raceway in February.
This weekend's event at Warwick Dragway will be followed by round three at Benaraby Dragway, in Central Queensland, on Saturday, July 9 with the grand final scheduled for Ironbark Raceway on September 24.