400 THUNDER RELEASES 2017-18 RACE SCHEDULE
After a stunningly successful opening to the season at Nitro Up North, 400 Thunder is pleased to announce an expanded calendar for the 2017-18 400 Thunder Championship Season.
In addition to foundation tracks Sydney Dragway and Willowbank Raceway and last season’s new addition Springmount Raceway in Cairns, the 400 Thunder Series has added 4 new venues to the calendar for the New Year.
Hidden Valley Drag Strip saw record crowds in July to see Pro Slammer and Top Bike take to the Territory for the first round of their respective title chases. With 3 Major events at both Sydney Dragway and Willowbank Raceway, and new events at Calder Park in Victoria, the Perth Motorplex and Adelaide International Raceway the 400 Thunder Series is now the single Professional Drag Racing Series in Australia.
Top Fuel will compete at 6 Championship rounds across the season, with an additional 2 non-championship showdowns at Calder Park and Adelaide International Raceway.
Pro Slammer and Top Bike will have the busiest calendars of all professional categories, with 8 Championship rounds apiece, with Pro Slammer to be in attendance at every track on the calendar at least once over the season.
Pro Alcohol will see 6 rounds of championship racing, with a return to the Perth Motorplex sure to be a highlight of the season in March.
Pro Stock and Pro Stock bike sees 7 and 5 rounds respectively, with the 4 wheel variety making their first appearance under the 400 Thunder Banner at Calder Park and Adelaide International Raceway.
400 Thunder Chairman Tony Wedlock today said “We are excited at the prospect of taking 400 Thunder nationwide over the new season. There have been some minor delays in the release as we worked through some issues to ensure that the calendar works for all stakeholders, and by consulting closely with the racer representatives and the new promoters to the series I think we have a calendar and series that will provide the platform for us to drive the sport into the future”.
“This is year one of an expanded National Series, introducing four new tracks to the 400 Thunder Professional Drag Racing Series. As we move forward into subsequent years, we aim to re-shape and improve the calendar” Mr. Wedlock concluded.
Sportsman racers have not been left out, with Springmount Raceway to host the opening round of the 400 Thunder Sportsman Series in October followed by a further 7 rounds of the Championship including a split round at Willowbank Raceway – with half of the sportsman categories to compete on 25th November and half to compete at the Jet Car Thunder on 14th April.
The points cap for sportsman racers heading into the season ending Gulf Western Oil Winternationals will remain at a 200 point maximum for the coming season.
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Date posted: August 3, 2017