Super Sedan competitor Rick Neilsen is hoping that his win at the Winternationals in June will be a good omen for his performance this weekend at Mildura's Sunset Strip drag racing complex.
Neilsen, who sits 170 points behind defending Champion John Kapiris, is hungry for more silverware – but knows he’s competing in one of the toughest classes in Australian Drag Racing.
“Super sedan is the most diverse and toughest bracket,” explains Neilsen.
“Everybody has a chance of winning on any given day. You can have a full chassis race car that runs six seconds over the quarter mile or a 10 second car.
“You don’t have to be the fastest, just the most consistent. With at least five rounds of racing you have to be on your game. One slip up and you are on your way home.”
The Queenslander, who’ll race his 445-cubic inch small block Windsor powered Ford XY GT in Mildura this weekend, feels confident that he can join the winners circle at one or more of the remaining three rounds.
“At this stage we are giving the Championship a go,” he said.
“We have also entered the Aeroflow round in Benaraby (run as a spilt round with Adelaide). We won that event last year in Super Sedan so I am confident we can pick up some points to close the gap.
“After breaking out of the Sydney X-Champs event in the first round, we tested a lot and found consistency with the car, which gave me a lot of confidence to run the car out the back door and not be afraid of breaking out.”
Although Neilsen is yet to race in Mildura he has experience over the eighth mile distance at Warwick Dragway in Queensland.
“We have not raced at Mildura before but I love eighth mile racing and have had a lot of success at Warwick so hopefully we can do well at Mildura this weekend.”
Round 9 of the Aeroflow Sportsman Drag Racing Championship will be held at Mildura Sunset Strip on September 13-14.
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