MULTIPLE Australian Top Fuel drag race champion Steve Read is looking to close out the 2013 Australian National Drag Racing Association (ANDRA) Drag Racing Series this weekend.
He's hoping to win his seventh Australian Nationals title at Sydney Dragway.
Ipswich-based Read, who has won four Top Fuel (1996, 2001, 2002 and 2009) and two (1992 and 1995) Top Alcohol Australian Nationals' titles, can not win this year's ANDRA Top Fuel championship series, being in third place. However, another Nationals title is in his reach.
The Nationals event holds a special significance for Read and the RSR/SuperCharge Batteries team. The 1992 Nationals at Calder Park, Melbourne, was the first event Read raced at in Australia.
Competing in Top Alcohol, he top qualified and won the event.
Buoyed by that Nationals success and after winning 21 championships in Europe, Read migrated to Australia from Britain the following year.
Read has also won two Australian Top Fuel and a Top Alcohol championship series, plus a Summernationals and Winternationals titles.
In March this year, Read won the Super 3 Extreme event at Willowbank Raceway.
However, his last event - the return to ANDRA championship drag racing to Melbourne's Calder Park on October 19 - did not go to plan when a parts failure during qualifying resulted in engine damage, preventing him from having any further involvement in the event.
"We now have the engine fixed," he said. "The Nationals is a special event, not only for me, but for my wife Heather and the entire RSR/SuperCharge Batteries team."