14 April 2014

Final preparations are falling into place at Willowbank Raceway with just four sleeps until the Santo’s Super 3 Extreme Drag Race presented by Uplift Cranes and Titan Cranes (18-19 April).

While fans will have to wait until Good Friday for their first dose of nitro action, Redbank Plaza will be kicking off the festivities early with an ANDRA drag racing display across Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 April.

With a range of vehicles on display and the brand-new ANDRA transporter on hand, the promotion will give race fans a chance to find out more about the high-octane sport of drag racing before the on-track action gets underway at Willowbank Raceway on Good Friday and Easter Saturday. Event tickets are also being given away via Redbank Plaza’s facebook page across the two days – go to
www.facebook.com/Redbank.Plaza or please click here for display information.

“Ipswich is a real home of motorsport in Queensland and Redbank Plaza is very excited to host this ANDRA drag racing display ahead of Willowbank’s Easter racing,” said Redbank Plaza Marketing Manager Yasmin Chrzescijanski.

When the time does come for the Santo’s Super 3 Extreme Drag Race to fire up, fans will be greeted each night with the show-stopping Top Fuel and Titan Cranes Top Alcohol categories alongside Top Doorslammers and Top Fuel Motorcycles as well as Pro Street and fixed index racers in an action-packed nightly schedule of 5.00pm to approximately 9.30pm (gates open at 3.00pm).

“The vibe here at Willowbank Raceway is really starting to ramp up as we get closer and closer to the Santo’s Super 3 Extreme Drag Race presented by Uplift Cranes and Titan Cranes,” said Willowbank Raceway CEO Tony Manson.

“When this event debuted in 2013 it enjoyed a great reception from fans and we can’t wait to bring it all back for them again this Good Friday and Easter Saturday.

“With a short and sharp schedule fans can expect to be glued to their seat trackside with thrilling action run after run.

“Emotions are sure to run high in the national categories with both Top Fuel and Titan Cranes Top Alcohol competitors faced with the pressure of two championship rounds in the one weekend, while the Top Fuel racers will also be doing battle for the prestigious Louie Rapisarda Top Fuel Trophy – in memory of Top Fuel racer Louie Rapisarda.”

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 now available at www.willowbankraceway.com.au 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. A special pre-purchase only two-day admission pass is also on offer until 16 April 2014. For more information

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 or to purchase tickets 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

Two day passes (available for pre-purchase via
www.willowbankraceway.com.au until 16 April 2014 only)
- General Admission (Adult) 2 day pass - $60.00
- General Admission (Student/Concession) 2 day pass - $50.00 – 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.