WAIT IS OVER: This Holden GTS burns rubber at last year’s Summerland Drags at Casino.
WAIT IS OVER: This Holden GTS burns rubber at last year’s Summerland Drags at Casino. Doug Eaton

Get a handle on new rules of drag racing

THE WAIT is over for drag racers across the Northern Rivers as the Summerland Drags season kicks off on Sunday with a free workshop.

Summerland Drags promoter Roger Wood said the aim of the workshop was to inform people of new rules of the sport and get feedback to improve Summerland Drags.

The workshop will be run in a question and answer format. "People's point of view, their questions, our questions and everybody's answers will make Summerland Drags a better event," Mr Wood said.

He said the sport's governing body, Australian National Drag Racing Association, had published a new rule book for 2013 that could impact on some competitors.

Summerland Drags ANDRA technical inspector Lawrie Moore will answer questions at the workshop.

"ANDRA has fine-tuned some of the rules relating to motorcycles, helmets and technical inspections of competitors' vehicles," he said.

The most common question Mr Wood said he was asked was about licences.

"All competitors must have a current driver's licence, not just a permit, so the minimum requirement for competitors is for a driver to be on their red P-plates," he said.

A sausage sizzle will be held for lunch.

Mr Wood said without the support of Richmond Valley Council and other sponsors, Summerland Drags would not be such a success.

People who can't attend the workshop can email feedback or questions via dragcity.com.au so issues can be addressed on Sunday.

Entries are open for the first Summerland Drags 2013 event at Casino airstrip on Sunday, April 28. To enter, visit dragcity.com.au.



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