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THIS Sunday March 22, it’s all systems go for drag racing fans and competitors as the Telecel 2015 Drag Racing Series comes alive at Donnybrook.

With all of last year’s major sponsors back on board for 2015 during which four meetings are planned, the much anticipated Drag Racing Series is set to start at full throttle after a long slumber over the rainy season.

Drivers, riders and fans alike have been counting down the days to the first event which looks set to continue the hard racing action from 2014. Last year’s victors will be hoping to keep the wolves from the door, but this fast paced motorsport is anything but predictable at the moment.

Certain competitors may have allowed themselves to become complacent over the last year and this may indeed lead to their demise in this year’s series.

Many vehicles have been tweaked over the long lull in action and new threats could be hiding in every class! Fans will also be excited to hear about the addition of a Bracket Racing Championship to the event which will be held earlier in the morning. Bracket racing squares off competitors using a handicap system allowing the ‘slower’ vehicle a head-start based on the time difference between the two competing vehicles.

Vehicles paired for racing in the bracket racing event can be leagues apart in power and performance, but get levelled out with this handicap system. This type of racing is very exciting to both competitors and fans as it is anyone’s guess who will win. Driver skill becomes more important than ever with bracket racing and risk of disqualification is high.

Reigning overall champion, Alan Cacace, in the monster nitrous V8 powered AC Cobra was in a class of his own throughout 2014, but this year he will have to fight hard to keep the two runners-up in check.

With more vehicles set to run Nitrous Oxide and Drag Slicks as the year progresses and superchargerturbo conversions being rumoured, the safety net Alan enjoyed last year will be difficult to maintain. Terry Allberry from Bulawayo, also in a V8 AC Cobra and Mano Zevgolis in the hp lubesCastrol 1600cc turbo MR2 will be fighting it out to gain ground on Alan.

After a long time out of service, Kevin Allmark’s ‘blue’ Subaru STI is set to make its return this Sunday. This was the only car in a position to challenge the late Patrick O’Hara in his yellow buggy a couple of years ago and will definitely be difficult to catch, but as racing goes, the proof will be on the day. Calstain Sibanda in the V12 Mercedes Benz will have some hard competition on hand with Nabil Ebrahim’s now supercharged Audi RS4 moving up to the that class.

The bikes of Les Carlsson and Phil “Archie” Archenoul will continue to fight it out for the fastest bike, but threats from new competitors on turbo powered bikes are set to throw a few curve balls. Carlsson will be working hard to retain his 2014 championship crown in spite of the serious competition.

In the middle of the field, the battle of the BMWs will continue with Shaun Kerwin and Ike Mayor “Fat Cat” battling it out. This pair always puts on a good show on the day.

Over the 2014 Season, the cars and bikes continued to get faster and judging from talk on social media, this trend is set to continue. So for some fun in the sun, full bar and catering facilities and entertainment for the kids, join Dragpro and its partners (Telecel, hp lubesCastrol, Turbo Solutions Africa, Financial Gazette and Autobusiness) for a day to remember.

Source : Financial Gazette

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