The 2018–19 sea­son of drag rac­ing is go­ing to be a sig­nif­i­cant one, in­tro­duc­ing the Kiwi Thun­der Group One Na­tional Se­ries — a joint se­ries that will see the best in the coun­try lin­ing up side by side, with Group One com­peti­tors in Top Al­co­hol and Top Doorslam­mer bat­tling it out for the top spot.

What’s sig­nif­i­cant about this, though, is that the Kiwi Thun­der se­ries will be held over four meet­ings be­tween Master­ton Mo­tor­plex and Meremere Drag­way venues, hav­ing been de­vel­oped by track pro­mot­ers Gary Bo­gaart and Bob Wil­ton, with the sole ob­jec­tive of unit­ing all Group One rac­ers, re­gard­less of gov­ern­ing body. It’s a timely ad­di­tion, with nei­ther IHRA nor NZDRA run­ning a lo­cal Group One points se­ries this sea­son.

“We be­lieve that this se­ries will ben­e­fit drag rac­ing tremen­dously and will give the big­gest show to the spec­ta­tors that they have ever seen with these two classes”, says Wil­ton, who has over 25 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in run­ning drag rac­ing events. “Both venues are su­perb, and will pro­vide the best avail­able trac­tion for New Zealand’s quick­est and fastest Group One rac­ers, as well as pro­vid­ing the best ameni­ties for our spec­ta­tors.”

The first Kiwi Thun­der Group One Na­tional Se­ries event will take place at Meremere Drag­way on 12 Jan­uary 2019, shar­ing the stage with the Welling­ton In­va­sion meeting.

Though this will be a one-day meeting, all sub­se­quent dates will be two-day meet­ings. You can find more in­for­ma­tion at drag­ or mas­ter­ton­mo­tor­ KIWI THUN­DER GROUP ONE NA­TIONAL SE­RIES 12 JAN­UARY — Meremere Drag­way 16–17 FE­BRU­ARY — Master­ton Mo­tor­plex 9–10 MARCH — Meremere Drag­way 23–24 MARCH — Master­ton Mo­tor­plex

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