Rocky rider favourite for first Warwick Dragway event
PARKHURST'S modified drag bike racer Ace Edwards hasn't twisted the throttle a lot lately.
But that doesn't matter when your last two rides include winning Australia's premier drag racing event, the Winternationals in June at Willowbank Raceway in Brisbane and then claiming second place at the East Coast Nationals in Sydney earlier this month.
Because of this, Edwards heads into this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series at Warwick Dragway as a firm favourite.
It is the first time Warwick Dragway has hosted a round of the Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series, which is on this weekend. And it is the first time Edwards has competed there.
"I have never been to Warwick but I'm looking forward to racing there on the weekend," Edwards said Edwards.
Edwards will compete in the modified bike, a traditionally tough bracket with healthy competitor numbers, but the Rocky riders form this year has seen him dominate the class at some of the country's leading drag racing events.
"I'm expecting the heat in Warwick this weekend to slow the bike down a little but I will be happy to achieve consistency, as that is what it's all about," Edwards said.
"Since the Winters I have only raced the bike once at Sydney and also made it to an event at Palmyra but it rained out before racing began.
"The bike feels as though it's on rails and as long as I can do my job with reaction times the bike will do its thing and hopefully that will land me back in the winner's circle.
"Of course I would love to finish off the year with a win and a Silver Tree (trophy) to add to the cabinet but if that is to happen I'm going to have to overcome some great racers this weekend."
Edwards began his career in junior dragster when he was 13. At 17 he went straight to two wheels with a lowered Hayabusa street bike for three to four years before adding an extended swing arm and racing the bike for another 12 months.
"After selling that bike, I bought another one a year later and set it up similar, but this time I added a full slider clutch," he said.
"It is the best thing I ever bought when it comes to bracket racing, the only downfall is that I have to get towed to the lanes and down the return road."
Luckily his father Craig is always close by to help. But sometimes he is very close, as a competitor in the other lane.
Edwards credits his parents for their help in him reaching his recent heights.
"Racing with my dad is awesome and we both get a real kick out of lining against each other," Edwards said.
"I wouldn't have achieved my success without him and my mum who have always supported me, whether it be with racing or generally in life."
And further success might not be far away, with Edwards revealing he is working on a new bike for the new year.
"Aside from my silver Hayabusa I run in modified bike, I also am in the early stages of testing my blue turbo Hayabusa," Edwards said.
"We are hopeful of seven second passes next year."
But right now, Edwards will be one to watch in Warwick.