Summer Nationals Taupo

Rivers Family Racing traveled to Taupo for the second round of the NZDRA National Series.

A one day meeting which is good keeps everyone on there toes. 4 Cars in the Competition Class would mean 5 runs for the day if things went well.

It was a bit chilly and overcast in the morning for the first run. Grant was in the drives seat and launched with huge tyre shake but got down the strip at 193mph. The shake broke an engine mount and shook a lot of things loose on the car so quite a bit of rushing around checking everything and making repairs.

Run two and Adrian in the car for the rest of the day. The run was 189mph still not bad and a few adjustments should see us quicker.

The third Qualifier run we decided to skip to give us less stress in prepping the car for the semi-finals and to make some wing adjustments and engine settings for the warmer temps with the sun out and strong head winds.

Run 3 great launch and down the track in 206mph and though to the Finals

Final up against a front engined Rail “Hell Raiser” very good car had been going good all day. The head wind was very strong. Great start by both cars powering down the track we managed to get the win in a tight battle and get a 204mph run. With tow runs in the day 204mph and 206 mph we set a speed record for the AA Dragster class we went to the scales to check the weight of the car and will apply to have the speed ratified by the NZDRA.

Nicole Rivers was running the Mustang in the street car division qualified well but drew another Rivers Speed and Spares Engined Wanganui car and was just beaten in the first elimination run.

Dean Scott in his Super Sedan Ute was hoping for a good day but sadly in the first run of the day blew the transmission.

Next run for the Rivers Family Racing Dragster is Round 3 of the NZDRA 4th February at Motueka in the South Island.