The Quarter Mile

I have owned the Airtrek for over 10 years and felt it was time to give the car a slight modification. A conversation was started with Jon Webster from Webster Race Engineering one day at the track and the rest as they say is history.

Drag Racing is divided into different classes to equalise results. Professional and Sportsman racing are the two categories. Professional racing puts two cars against each other for the quickest time over a straight quarter mile run (1000 feet for Top Fuel), hitting breathtaking speeds of 300mph in under 4 seconds! A handicap system is used in Sportsman racing to provide close racing between cars in a timed bracket.

Street Eliminator – Here cars have to be street legal and hold a valid MOT, have road tax and insurance to qualify. The quickest cars in the class are running down the strip into the high 6 second zone with speeds over the quarter mile exceeding 200+ MPH.

The sport of Drag Racing for me is about the speed, smell and the sound. Not only are you at a race meeting but also a car show. I can’t wait for the 2021 season to get going.

Chris Bates – Driver

Team-1320 Chris Bates 90s Ford Sierra cosworth drag car

Back in the late 90s

We raced in the Super Gas Class with a Ford Sierra Cosworth.

Evo 3 unfinished project

Car was sourced from Belfast and delivered to WRE to get the ball rolling on project Airtrek.

Team-1320 Strret Eliminator race car

The finished article

Webster Race Engineering brought my idea to life.



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