READY TO RACE: Brent Zoellner with his modified dragster, which he will enter in Round 3 of the Ironbark Raceway 2016 Track Championship.
READY TO RACE: Brent Zoellner with his modified dragster, which he will enter in Round 3 of the Ironbark Raceway 2016 Track Championship. Blake Antrobus

Zoellner preps dragster ahead of Ironbark’s fourth round

GETTING involved in drag racing is something racer Brent Zoellner has always wanted to do, and he’s got another opportunity with Round 4 of the Ironbark Track Championships this weekend.

Zoellner is one of many racers from around the region who will compete in the next round at the Ironbark Raceway, with only two more official Track Championship dates before the finals in October.

With repairs and upgrades to his modified dragster, it will be the second time he has raced at Ironbark this year.

“I got into it one month ago in Round 3. It’s been something I’ve always wanted to get into,” he said.

“It’s quite expensive to build and maintain, but it’s worth it at the end.”

Zoellner said his modified dragster was part of a challenge for him to build a race car for as little as possible, using spare and second-hand parts.

“This is everything I could find to make a dragster that will race; there are new tyres fitted that are designed for drag racing, but everything else is from previous parts,” he said.

With a 350hp engine, Zoellner estimates he will be able to get up to speeds of 110mph on the reformed dragster.

It’s part of the reason his dragster qualified for the modified class, with the small machine able to reach high speeds.

“I’m not too sure of the exact speeds, since I haven’t been able to do a full pass yet, but I reckon it goes pretty fast. I’m aiming for 6.5 seconds on the 8th mile pass this weekend,” he said.

The dragster is very much a labour of love for Zoellner, who has spent a year constructing and developing his machine

“It’s taken me almost a year to get it up and running, so I’m pretty excited to see it race on the weekend,” he said. “I’m just hoping that it will race well for its first anniversary.

“The rounds out here are really good for the community, and we have a good set-up for racing at Ironbark.”


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