More than 35,000 race fans packed into Willowbank Raceway over the Queen's Birthday weekend for the 48th running of the Fuchs Winternationals, and there is plenty still to come on the calendar at Queensland’s premier drag racing facility.
While the clean-up continues for what is the largest championship drag racing event held outside of North America, preparation work is already underway for a host of events to be held over the coming months.
Across the next six weeks alone, the venue will host ten test ‘n’ tune events, a round each of the Street Series (4 July) and the Queensland Drag Racing Championships (QDRC – 11 July) plus the specialist All Bike Day (5 July), All Ford Day (19 July) and Mopar Sunday (26 July).
“With more than 35,000 race fans coming through the gates across the Fuchs Winternationals weekend, it has been an exceptionally busy time here at the Raceway, but we certainly won’t be sitting back and taking it easy now that it is run and won for another year,” said Willowbank Raceway CEO Tony Manson.
Manson said that while the attentions of the facility quickly turned to upcoming events, the Willowbank team was keen to thank the efforts of all involved in the massive Fuchs Winternationals event.
“The board and I have to thank our staff, volunteers, commercial partners and racers for all of their efforts, they all worked so very hard to deliver an outstanding event for the fans who came here to experience the Fuchs Winternationals.
“To the spectators we must send our best wishes: your support of the Raceway and this event is truly appreciated and without you the event wouldn’t have had the same atmosphere and buzz – you are all as much a part of this event as we are, so thank you. We also must say a thank you to our media community, who have really gotten behind the event and helped spread the word far and wide.
“Finally, our thoughts and best wishes continue to be with Phil Lamattina and his family following his crash on Saturday – we are very glad to hear that he will make a full recovery in time.”