Shootout showing: Drag racing returns

STRONG winds were no match for the horsepower on display at the Swan Hill Dragway during the inaugural Mallee Drag Racing Shootout on October 13. 

The joint event between the Swan Hill Drag Racing Club, Melbourne Drag Racing Club and Victorian Drag Racers Club saw 90 entrants from all across Victoria compete.

Hundreds of people were in attendance watching cars race across four competitions — Supercharged Outlaws, Modified Bike, ET Shootout and Junior Dragster.

Swan Hill Drag Racing Club president Gary Rovere was pleased with how the event came together.

"We had a lot of people watching from the top of the mound which spreads across 200m, plus we had three or four people to each car, so there were around 800-plus people in attendance," Rovere said.

"Some of the faster cars went six seconds at 245mph and a Holden Monaro clocked 6.50 seconds at 212mph.

"The next day we had a test and tune and 30 cars participated, so it was a great weekend of action."

The factor of wind did delay proceedings as dirt landing on the track forced regular stoppages for cleaning.

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