Sportsman drag racers Craig Geddes and Alistair McClure head to next weekend’s Australian Nationals in Sydney neck and neck in the Australian Competition Eliminator Championship.
The pair, both sitting on maximum 300 points coming into the final round, have plenty in common with wins on the board, six 2014 national records apiece, and have both switched classes during the course of the season.
Making things even more difficult is a competitive field including David Dequen, Greg Leahy, Wayne Cartledge and Lyle Gilmore, and Peter Pislaidis who still has a mathematical chance for the title.
“We will leave nothing on the table for this event,” said Geddes, who switched from an altered (E/AA) to a new dragster (E/DA) before the Desert Nationals, and went on to claim two wins in a row at Mildura and Adelaide.
“If the weather is favourable for the naturally aspirated cars I believe we will have a six under car.
“Our goal is to try top qualify and reset records as we will need every point we can get our hands on in the quest to win the Championship.
“We will obviously be trying to win this prestigious event but that may prove difficult looking at the quality of the other entrants, at the end of the day I need to go more rounds than Alistair.
“We have been in this position before and the pressure is extreme, however we must maintain focus and concentration once we are out on track.”
McClure said that luck would play its part in the proceedings.
“I think there’s at least six cars that can run under the record including Craig and I, and I feel a real sense of achievement just getting into this position to battle it out with him,” said McClure, who switched this year from Funny Car (BB/FCA) to Altered (BB/AA) and back again.
“We tested last weekend and made some good passes and will compete in the Perth opener this Saturday the 25th. Then load the car Sunday and it will head for Sydney so seat time will not be an issue.”
ANDRA's Grand Finals event begins at Sydney Dragway next Friday.
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