(From left) Jason Benz and daughter Taliah with his crew Mark Pillar, Brett Benz, Terry Dwan and Dave Dwan after success in Melbourne.
(From left) Jason Benz and daughter Taliah with his crew Mark Pillar, Brett Benz, Terry Dwan and Dave Dwan after success in Melbourne. Gerard Walsh

Need for speed

JASON Benz might be the driver but reckons it will be a team effort if he wins the 2012 Australian Pro Street Association Series in the true street class.

He won round one at Calder Park in Melbourne so has the early lead but knows there will be plenty of challengers for the remaining four rounds, two at Willowbank and two at Eastern Creek in Sydney.

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Jason drove his first drag car at age 17 and now 18 years later, wants to win his first national title.

"I love the adrenalin rush and the speed; I love to win," Jason said.

Fourteen months ago, Jason's business, Benz Auto Dismantlers and Towing, was one of the worst hit by the Warwick floods.

He said drag racing was something to get his mind off work for a day or two.

At Calder Park, he had eight passes before winning the final by .038 of a second from a Melbourne driver.

It seems there is more to drag racing than power as the Benz Brothers Racing team won with a Commodore powered by a 383 cubic inch Holden motor compared to a losing finalist with a 454 cubic inch motor.

Kyle Hopf, of Toowoomba, helps Jason tune the engine and Mark Pillar's role is to check the tyres and fill up the fuel.

Jason's brother Brett has also raced the car to success and is in charge of body work through his business Warwick Panel and Paint.

"My role is the same as everyone, to make sure the gear is right," Brett said.

While more accustomed to horse sports and rugby league, Terry Dwan has always had an interest in motor sport.

He and son Dave were the fix-it pair in the crew and headed south in their ute with tools and spares.

"Calder Park was my first major motor racing meeting; it was a bit of fun and a good social weekend," Terry said.

"It was a long way home in the rain."

Round 2 is at Willowbank on April 7.



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