PHOTOS: Action from the 52nd Winternationals

The 52nd Winternationals truly had it all and was an event for the record book.
Dave Reid, Motorsport photographer

The 52nd Gulf Western Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway was a whirlwind of emotions. It was full of more highs than lows, newly crowned champions and awestruck fans, this running of the Winternationals truly had it all and was an event for the record book. 

During the 50 hours of racing during the four days, the Ipswich weather really tested the event with everything from sunshine to foggy mornings and dreaded rain which unfortunately suspended racing early on the Saturday.

However, that didn’t stop the racers and spectators from flooding to the venue to watch the best drag racing in Australia and see first hand who was taking home the season championship. 

This years Winternationals was once again filled with amazing feats from the racers, with Damien Harris resetting the national Top Fuel Record with a 3.774, Gary Phillips taking home his 50th Gold Christmas tree in the sport, and Collin Willshire running a 6.2 in the world’s fastest 4 cylinder Mitsubishi Eclipse. 

Fans also got to witness V8 Supercar Driver Chaz Mostert take on Drag Racing legend Ben Bray in a V8 race car versus doorslammer exhibition down the quarter mile with Ben Bray taking two wins to Mosterts one. 

It was an event for race fanatics and families alike, with plenty of excitement on track and activities for the little ones off track, there was nothing but smiles from all ages at the 52nd Winternationals. 

The countdown now begins for the 2020 Winternationals in June of next year. To keep your drag racing fix till then be sure to check out the Willowbank Raceway website and Facebook page to keep up to date with events weekly to cover that itch!

Dave Reid Motorsport photographer
Dave Reid is a Queensland-based motorsport photographer who has spent a good part of the last three decades covering spectacular thrills and spills - and fiery sunsets - at Willowbank Raceway.

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