Modified bike drag racer third on Australian titles
ACE Edwards is going to get serious about modified bike drag racing. And so he should.
Edwards has just won the modified bike drag racing at the prestigious Fuchs Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway, Ipswich.
The Winternationals are Australia's biggest drag racing event and to win marks Edwards as one of the best modified bike drag racers in the country.
What's more, the win, combined with his other good performance at just one other national championship drag racing event, placed Edwards third on this season's modified bike Australian Championships.
He managed that with just two events, out of a possible seven.
"Yeah, I'm going to give it a crack," the young Parkhurst racer said.
"The Winternationals mark the end of the season and the new season begins in July. This next season I want to chase the points in the Australian Championship. I'll do more than just two events and I'll compete at some of the big races, probably the first down in Sydney around November."
Right now though, the 23-year-old Edwards is delighted with walking away with the modified bike drag racing Winternationals Trophy, the coveted Gold Tree.
"I'm stoked, it's just awesome," Edwards said.
"That's my first win at the Winternationals; I was runner-up in 2007 so I've been trying a while and this time I got the win. I still can't believe it."
Edwards travelled to Ipswich with his father Craig, a veteran of drag racing in all its forms. But this time around it was the apprentice, not the master who got the glory.
"Dad had a few dramas with his bike," Edwards revealed. "He got through the first round but was knocked out in the second."
Edwards did a lot more than two rounds. And to add to the degree of difficulty, modified bike drag racing is run under a system called dial-in racing. Racers nominate the time they will complete the drag strip. If they come under that time they are eliminated, even if they win the race.
"The first round on Saturday morning I had a good run," Edwards said.
"The bike was running on-song, as it was all weekend. I recorded 8.85 seconds. The second round on Sunday morning my opponent went off early so it gave me the chance to back off and I was slower at 9.09 seconds."
Edwards made it through two more rounds of elimination drag racing to reach the semi-finals as darkness settled and the floodlights lit the Willowbank Raceway.
Edwards' flawless start in the semi secured him victory.
"I had a near-perfect reaction time of .009 seconds," Edwards said.
"I got a great start, rolled the throttle early, caught my opponent and passed him at the half track to record 8.90 seconds."
Edwards then won the final when his opponent jumped the start and was disqualified.