IN FRONT: Stanthorpe driver Lana Rice won the fast street class in round 1 at JP Racing Dragfest at the Warwick Dragway.
IN FRONT: Stanthorpe driver Lana Rice won the fast street class in round 1 at JP Racing Dragfest at the Warwick Dragway. Gerard Walsh

Stanthorpe driver wins class in round 1 at Dragfest

DRAG RACING: Stanthorpe driver Lana Rice was one of the class winners in round 1 of JP Racing Dragfest at the Warwick Dragway.

She won her final to win the fast street class.

Lana and husband Les are regulars on drag racing strips at Warwick, Willowbank and Stanthorpe.

She has been racing for nine years and has a dial-in time of 7.71 seconds for her LH Holden Torano at the Warwick Dragway.

"I am normally within .1 of my dial-in time,” Lana said.

Just before the final on Sunday, she said she had one win at Dragfest and was aiming for another.

Her start and pass were near-perfect to chalk up another win.

She said Warwick Dragway was one of the best tracks around.

Between drag racing meetings, she works at Rugby Farms at Amiens.

"Drag racing is a good outlet from work,” she said.

"Five or six of us from Stanthorpe regularly compete at the Warwick Dragway.”

Warwick District Drag Racing Association president Chris Loy was happy with 120 nominations, considering there was some rain around on the Saturday.

"We persevered and got our program through on Saturday,” he said.

"There was about 90 minutes of racing lost when it rained but we dried the track out with a compressor loaned by mobile sandblaster Mark Watts.

"We can't race with any moisture on the track because, with slick tyres, cars will slide anywhere in the wet.”

Drag challenge

THE Street Machine Drag Challenge Weekend will be on April 13-15 at Willowbank and Warwick Dragway.

Loy said the drag challenge weekend would be the first of its kind in Queensland.

"It is a three-day version of Drag Week which is run in Victoria,” he said.

The Street Machine Drag Challenge Weekend will start at Willowbank Raceway on April 13 when each of the cars in the event will be timed over 400m (1/4 mile).

They then follow a set route to Warwick before racing on April 14 at Warwick Dragway.

Early on April 15, the drivers will head back to Willowbank for the third section of a three-part series.

The cars must be street registered and are not allowed a back-up vehicle. Vehicles are allowed to be towed to Willowbank initially. Nomination information on the Street Machine website under events.