Expectations are high for the Nitro Up North event at Hidden Valley Drag Strip in Darwin on July 21 and 22, with 123 teams set to make the trek after racer entries closed on Monday.
While nitro dragsters and nitro bikes will shake the ground with firey thrills, the Pro Slammer category has tongues wagging as the largest professional drag racing field to ever hit Darwin with 16 cars including superstars such as John Zappia, Ben Bray, Mark Belleri and Paul Mouhayet.
Nitro Up North organiser Scott MacLean, who will be competing in Pro Slammer himself, said the Hidden Valley Drag Racing Association were proud to host the high quality entry list with teams coming from almost every corner of the country.
“Every year we are amazed by how many teams choose to attend Darwin and take part in Nitro Up North,” he said. “This event certainly has a national reputation now and racers from far and wide are telling their friends that this is an event they have to get to.”
The economic impact on the Northern Territory is not to be understated. In a survey of teams attending Nitro Up North, it was found the average entrant spends $5178 while in the Top End, with 62% planning to spend some time sightseeing around the event. 79% of entrants are from outside the NT, with 51% getting to the event by driving. The average time in the NT for visitors will be 9.4 days.
“We’ve plugged this event as the greatest adventure in drag racing and it is awesome that so many teams are taking the time to experience all the Northern Territory has to offer.
“The Northern Territory Government has really got behind motorsport and Nitro Up North is arguably the jewel in the crown.”
Nitro Up North marks the opening round of both the 400 Thunder Professional Drag Racing and Summit Sportsman Series national seasons.