The countdown to the 12th season of Drag Racing at the Perth Motorplex is starting to speed up with the release of the dates for next season and confirmation of the features for each event.
The most notable change is that after 11 seasons of conducting nine major 'National Open' events per season, the 2011/2012 season will see 10 major Drag Racing events scheduled.
The Motorplex has released details about how one bracket per event will be dropped in order to keep schedules in check. Below is the bulletin about the issue.
"Last season we trialled the Sprortsman Qualifying Friday nights in an effort to try and provide ample racing opportunities in light of ever increasing Competitor numbers.
While it had many benefits, the cons outweighed the pros.
So this season we are trialling 10 National Opens with the view of taking the pressure off some of the events by dropping an eliminator.
However several events will still have a full house of local racers, being the Grand Opening, the Grand Final and of course the Westernationals.
The WA Drag Racing Track Championship will still be conducted over nine events, except for Junior Dragsters which will run eight of the 10 major events this season.
Following is a brief description of each eliminators' make up for this season.
TOP COMP: Top Comp will not be racing at the Goldenstates as most of the Top Comp racers will be competing in either Top Doorslammer or Top Alcohol.
SUPER COMP: Super Comp not be scheduled to race at the December Top Fuel event.
COMP BIKE: Comp Bike will not be racing January Nitro Funny Cars
SUPERCHARGED OUTLAWS: Supercharged Outlaws will not be racing at the January Top Fuel event.
MODIFIED: (I can hear the cheers from Modified and the groan form the other eliminators already) Modified will not be racing on Boxing Day!
SUPER SEDAN & SUPER STREET: These two elimintors will be scheduled to race at ALL TEN events, however they may choose to race all 10 if they wish too - or only 9 as we will drop their worst result from the points series.
MODIFIED BIKE: Mod Bike will not be scheduled to race at the Night of Fire event in February.
JUNIOR DRAGSTER: The Juniors will be scheduled to race at 8 of the 10 events - sitting out Boxing Day (now that has made some JD mums smile!) and the March Nitro Funny Car event. This gives Junior Dragsters 8 major events plus 6 Autotrader Fast Fridays to race at.
In summary - Apart from Junior Dragsters all eliminators will be contesting a nine event Track Championship.
I am certain there will be a number of questions...if so please email
and we will answer them for you but the obvious ones are:
Can I race in another eliminator when my eliminator is not scheduled? (EG: A Top Comp may choose to run SCO or vice versa, a Comp Bike may run Mod Bike etc. As long as your vehicle is 'legal' for that eliminator - simply enter!)."