Ready, set, go for Gin Gin Ban­dit

Com­peti­tors from as far as Mel­bourne to War­wick

Warwick Daily News - - DRAGFEST FEATURE - GER­ARD WALSH

A DRIVER known uni­ver­sally as the Gin Gin Ban­dit will be one of the ma­jor draw­cards in round 2 of JP Rac­ing Dragfest this week­end.

Peter Baczynski, the Gin Gin Ban­dit, com­petes at War­wick Drag­way in at least one drag meet­ing a year.

At one time, he was com­pet­ing in War­wick as part of the JP Rac­ing One Eighth Mile Se­ries, which was run at Be­naraby in Glad­stone, Wil­low­bank, Roma and War­wick.

John Payne spon­sored the for­mer One Eighth Mile se­ries and now is the nam­ing rights spon­sor for the two rounds of Dragfest in War­wick.

Baczynski grew up in the North Branch area at Mary­vale.

He went to school at War­wick East State School and War­wick State High School.

Baczynski now lives at Gin Gin where he has a small cat­tle prop­erty and mo­tel.

“I am keen to come back to War­wick to catch up with fam­ily and the Loy boys who run a good show at the drags,” he said.

“I won round one of the out­laws class ear­lier this year and I am com­ing back aim­ing for an­other win.”

There won’t be any plans on how to beat in­di­vid­ual driv­ers.

“A drag rac­ing driver just drives his car, you don’t have

‘‘I AM KEEN TO COME BACK TO WAR­WICK TO CATCH UP WITH FAM­ILY AND THE LOY BOYS. PETER BACZYNSKI

time to think of any­thing else,” he said.

“I build my own car with the help of John Payne, it is about the pas­sion to race your own car. Qual­i­fy­ing is to have fun but when you race, you race to win.

“I re­mem­ber go­ing down to Tom Parry in the Eighth Mile Se­ries when he had a per­fect pass, the ex­act same time he logged in.

“I have never got a per­fect pass but have gone close.

“When I raced Rocket Rod from Wil­low­bank, we both had per­fect re­ac­tion times and I was two one thou­sandth of a sec­ond out­side my logged in time and Rocket Rod was eight one thou­sand of a sec­ond out­side his logged in time.

“I there­fore won by six one thou­sandth of a sec­ond.”

Baczynski drives a LH To­rano 434 Small Block Blown (su­per­charged).

“I do around 118mph in War­wick with a time of 5.6 sec­onds for the 200m (one eighth mile),” he said.

He has a best of 5.1 sec­onds at Be­naraby.

READY TO RACE: The Gin Gin Ban­dit, Peter Baczynski, will be in his yel­low su­per­charged LH To­rana at Dragfest this week­end.

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