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Vernamfield lights up on Sunday

Rory Daley

Friday, July 26, 2013    

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FANS and competitors alike will see the first official drag meet this Sunday at Vernamfield, Clarendon, as the National Drag Racing Circuit (NDRC) holds Drag Challenge number 1.

Qualifying starts at 8:00 am with racing beginning at 1:00 pm.

After last Sunday's free Test-and-Tune session, the NDRC is anticipating an exciting event based on the more than 300 spectators who turned up.

"The Test & Tune was a resounding success, with 62 drivers participating," Stephen Gunter, NDRC executive member, told Auto.

The Test & Tune was not only held to benefit competitors looking to 'dial in' their cars for their respective class based on the time down the quarter mile, but to help the NDRC refine a major change to the venue layout.

According to Gunter, the racing lanes have been moved to the left side of the airstrip for reasons of racer safety and spectator comfort.

"The previous right lane had a dip in it towards the end of the track and the viewing area is now on the right side, so that patrons are not looking towards the afternoon sun as it sets, while trying to watch racing," he explained.

Additional changes include a new entrance for spectators and an expanded parking area.

Drag Challenge will see 10 timed classes using the standard drag racing ladder elimination system to vie for prizes such as trophies and up to $90,000 for the 'Pro' race, to be given out at the end of the event.

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