With the unexpected sun shining on the Straightliners event, at Dakota Raceway,  Smeatharpe, Devon, it was ripe for some personal best times to be posted. 


Up to 1600cc
Stephen Chadwick, with the latest version of the VW Polo1.4, at his first attempt took the honours with a personal best time of 13.78 at 99mph just missing out on the ton.

Up to 2000cc
Francis Gillette and his Focus ST turbo engined Westfield, went 2 positions better than previous to take home the trophy. Again another personal best at 12.17sec and 115mph.


Over 2000cc
Shane Ludgate once again held the No 1 slot in this category driving his rapid Subaru Impreza. Dipping into the elevens for the first time with a 11.99sec run at 116mph. 


Dakota street bike
The trophies for this class came courtesy of WEST COUNTRY RIDER TRAINING. 
Winning, with a time just a tenth shy of his best, was Mark Smith, 9.69secs at 141mph.

Dakota front wheel drive
Chris Priddle spent the day burning out before each run to lay some rubber on track for better traction. It certainly worked wonders with Chris taking the class win with a personal best 12.94secs at 102mph, his first under 13sec run. 

Dakota muscle car
It was nice to see David Cooper along with the 1963 Ford Consul. Running 8 litres of American V8 under the bonnet he posted the quickest time of the day, 11.40secs at 131mph,to add another trophy to the shelf.

Dakota competition car
Jeffrey Way pedalled his 454cu in Chevy Camaro to a new class record with his 12.16sec run at 123 mph eclipsing the old record by 0.5 of a second. 

Special mention must go to one of our women competitors, who on her first drag race meeting, put in the most runs during the day, 41 runs. Well done Natasha Trinder with an impressive 15.10sec at 89 mph second to last run of the day. 

Sign up for our next 'Championship' event at York Drag / Raceway next weekend May 1st and 2nd here https://straightlinersonline.co.uk/events/event/12-york-dragway-round-4-2-days.html

Written by Paul Cumpstone 24th April 2016