NEW TOP FUEL SERIES CALENDAR ANNOUNCED
The organisers of Summernats will promote Australia’s newest drag racing show
Australia’s Top Fuel teams have launched the new Australian Top Fuel Championship. The new national series will include Victoria and Western Australia for the first time in years and will feature the four current Australian Top Fuel teams.
Jim Read Racing, Lamattina Top Fuel Racing, PremiAir Racing, and Rapisarda Autosport International have all committed to the new championship.
The event’s calendar has recently been finalised with the Australian Top Fuel Championship including six races across four states and territories in 2022, with at least six Top Fuel cars planning to race at each round.
With the first round scheduled for January 2022, and the Grand Final locked away in June, drag racing fans around Australia will be treated to six months of nitro burning action.
The series will have a massive focus on fan engagement, giving spectators unprecedented access to the teams, the drivers, the cars, and all the action in the pits.
Promoting the Australian Top Fuel Championship are Nathan Prendergast of Ignition Productions and Andy Lopez of Out There Productions, the promoters of the famous Summernats. Both have extensive experience in delivering motorsport festival events.
“It’s exciting. More cars, more racing, more tracks, and more fans. Aussie drag racing fans can get access to top quality racing no matter what track they’re close to, whether that’s at our new Australian Top Fuel Championship, the ANDRA Australian Drag Racing Championship, 400 Thunder, or any number of other great events,” Andy said.
“Other auto shows I’m involved in like Summernats, Red CentreNATS and Rockynats have become iconic events because of their festival atmosphere. We want to see Australian Top Fuel drag racing become just as much of a must-go event.”
Top line team owners and drivers are excited to be a part of the new series.
“Lamattina Racing is excited to be hitting more tracks with a full field of Top Fuel racers,” Phil Lamattina said.
Peter Xiberras of PremiAir Racing added, “each round of the national series will be exciting and engaging so we can get more fans through the gates to watch Top Fuel race with other quality brackets.”
“Victorian and WA fans have been wanting Top Fuel championship events, so it’s great to add these regions to the mix,” said Rapisarda Autosport International’s Santino Rapisarda.
The Australian Top Fuel Championship will include three brand new events, and the remaining three races will be partnerships with existing series. The Championship will not be running alongside 400 Thunder in 2022.
“We want to thank the 400 Thunder series for the last few years. Even though we’re not part of 400 Thunder in 2022, we encourage fans to continue supporting them,” Jim Read Racing’s Bruce Read said.
This exciting new series can only help grow the popularity of drag racing and encourage fans across Australia to support their local track and attend as many events as possible.
Australian Top Fuel Championship Full Calendar:
• Round 1 – January 21-22, 2022 – Sydney Dragway
• Round 2 – February 5-6, 2022 – Australian Nationals – Calder Park Raceway
• Round 3 – March 5-6, 2022 – Westernationals – Perth Motorplex
• Round 4 – April 9-10, 2022 – Heathcote Park Raceway
• Round 5 – May 6-7, 2022 – Nitro Champs – Sydney Dragway
• Round 6 – Grand Final details to be announced
For more information on events promoted by Summernats, visit www.summernats.com.au