ANDRA has cut short its 2014 Drag Racing Series calendar by one event, with Calder Park announcing its plans to resurface, meaning the season will officially end on November 2nd.
The series, which originally finished with the Grand Finals at Calder Park, near Melbourne, in December, will instead end at the Australian Nationals at Sydney Dragway beginning on October 31st.
“The finals, being one of the biggest events on the racing calendar, is both prestigious and a must-attend date on the racing calendar,” ANDRA CEO Malcolm Bulley said.
“While it will be problematic to a few, due to cutting the season down by one event, it’s a decision which hasn’t been taken lightly or without due consideration.
“The good news is we are currently in the process of obtaining all the final details for upgrading the Calder Park track surface and return road.
“The redevelopment of Calder Park Raceway will be staged over a long period however this latest evolution is absolutely paramount to Victorian ANDRA Drag Racing. We are very pleased with the development and look to work closely with Calder Park Raceway in the upgrade.
“Details are still to be finalised, however the primary condition agreed to by both parties is that it will be a world class racing surface and remain in place for the long haul.”
Calder Park Promoter and Drag Racer Peter Pisalidis said he was ecstatic with the upgrade believing it will re-establish Calder Park to the level it deserves.
“The hard work and heartache sometimes does pay off,” said Pisalidis.
“It’s a great outcome for Drag Racing locally and nationally. This will cement Calder again to the status it had in in the 1990s and as the promoter and a Drag Racer I am extremely happy about it.
“We have already seen a consistent increase in local support and think this just proves how serious all parties are about Drag racing in Melbourne finally putting any critics to rest.”
Further details on the Calder Park development will be released as they become available.