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Article Date: 17 April 2014

As the final hours tick down to tomorrow’s kick off of the Santo’s Super 3 Extreme Drag Race presented by Uplift Cranes and Titan Cranes (18-19 April), Sydney’s Peter Xiberras is preparing for his Top Fuel debut.

Xiberras and his locally based team were on track at Willowbank yesterday (Wednesday) completing part of the licensing process ahead of the Good Friday and Easter Saturday event.

If he can be successful in completing his licensing requirements during qualifying Friday, Xiberras will be making his official competitive Top Fuel debut during Willowbank Raceway’s Easter festivities.

“After a successful day on Wednesday we are all set to attempt to complete our licensing at the Easter event at Willowbank Raceway, we will be doing our best to get that under our belt so we can compete in this exciting event,” said the 46 year old Xiberras.

Xiberras comes to Top Fuel drag racing following past experience in Super Sedan and Supercharged Outlaws.

“I was looking for a transporter and was talking to a guy who was getting out of the category about one he was getting rid of, and it ended up that I came home with the whole thing!” laughed Xiberras, whose outfit is supported by a range of sponsors including PremiAir Hire and Sidchrome.

“It is a great category and we can’t wait to be competing with these guys – once we have some time under our belt I am sure we can be as competitive as anyone else.

“We aren’t much for talk, we prefer to let the car do the talking, and we are confident that in not too long we will be up there running with everyone else.”

The Santo’s Super 3 Extreme Drag Race, presented by Uplift Cranes and Titan Cranes, will come to Willowbank Raceway for Good Friday (April 18) and Easter Saturday (April 19) in 2014.

The second running of the event will again feature two rounds of ANDRA championship racing each for the brackets of Top Fuel and Titan Cranes Top Alcohol in the emerging ‘three-round’ format, with the Top Fuel pilots also set to once again fight it out for the added honour of the Louie Rapisarda Top Fuel Trophy.

Each night from 5.00pm to 9.30pm (approximately) these national show-stoppers will be supported by a fast-paced and action-packed program of entertainment including Top Fuel Motorcycles, Top Doorslammers, Pro Street and three closely-matched categories amid a flurry of on-track light and audio-visual theatrics. For information on the race formats, please see the ‘event information’ further in this release or
click here.

Spectator tickets for the Santo’s Super 3 Extreme Drag Race presented by Uplift Cranes and Titan Cranes are available at the gate with tickets starting at just $35.00 for adults and $30.00 for students/concession card holders with ID, while children aged 13 and under gain free admission.

Willowbank Raceway is Queensland’s premier drag racing facility, located 45 minutes from Brisbane or just a short drive from Ipswich, offering a year-round program of events for the entire family. For more information including a full event calendar, please visit

Featuring racing from: Top Fuel, Titan Cranes Top Alcohol, Pro Street, Super 8, Super 7 and Super 6, plus demonstration racing from Top Fuel Motorcycles and Top Doorslammers

For more information, full race schedules please visit

Spectator entry -Please note: Concession = age and disability pension holders only

Good Friday – 18 April 2014
- General Admission (Adult) - $35.00
- General Admission (Student/Concession) - $30.00 – must show ID

Easter Saturday – 19 April 2014 
- General Admission (Adult) - $35.00
- General Admission (Student/Concession) - $30.00 – must show ID


Friday and Saturday 18 and April 2014 (All times approximate and subject to change):
- Gates open to public – 3.00pm
- On track action from 5.00pm until approximately 9.30pm each day

Race format

Top Fuel and Titan Cranes Top Alcohol
The Super 3 Extreme Drag Race concept will operate on the idea of two individual championship rounds in one event, with a winner to be crowned on both the Friday and the Saturday of the event. Racing will begin with the first pass for all cars at approximately 5.00pm followed by an elimination round for all cars later in the evening. From this round, the third and fourth quickest winners will proceed to the ‘B Final while the two quickest winners battle it out in ‘A Final’, as per the Special 3 Round Format ratified by ANDRA in 2013. Once the winner is crowned on Friday, the full field for each bracket will get ready to do it all over again on Saturday.

All other categories
All support categories will complete three qualifying passes on Friday 18 April, before Saturday 19 April sees all support brackets run a Chicago Shootout format with all competitors to race three rounds with the two best per­forming racers to make it into the final. At the completion of the bracket rounds, a count back will be made to establish the finalists.

The Louie Rapisarda Top Fuel Trophy Race
The Louie Rapisarda Top Fuel Trophy Race is open to all Top Fuel competitors at the Santo’s Super 3 Extreme Drag Race event and is in honour of Top Fuel driver Louie Rapisarda, son of Santo Rapisarda, who passed away in 1990. The special commemorative trophy will be awarded to the Top Fuel driver who at the end of Saturday’s racing has the highest accumulative points across Friday and Saturday’s proceedings. If there is a tie, the Trophy will go to the driver in the tie with the lowest elapsed time of the event. In 2013, the Louie Rapisarda Top Fuel Trophy was awarded to local Top Fuel veteran Steve Read of Raceview, who also emerged victorious on both the Friday and Saturday of the event’s ANDRA championship rounds.

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