WARRNAMBOOL racer Tony Frost is bound for drag racing national championships as confident as he can be.
Frost will head to Sydney in a fortnight with high hopes after winning the modified bike class at Calder Park on Saturday.
The experienced racer, aboard his Kawasaki ZX10, clocked a personal-best 8.68 seconds and 242kmh for the quarter-mile (400-metre) strip.
He qualified fastest and progressed through the knockout rounds, beating Paul Stone in the final.
Frost said he was “stoked” with the win, despite there being no Aeroflow Sportsman Championship points up for grabs. The final round of the championship is part of Australian Nationals at Sydney Dragway from November 1 to 3 — his next major challenge.
“To have this test session down at Calder, even though it’s a meeting, we know we’re right going into the last round of the series,” Frost said.
“There were only three blokes there who aren’t going to nationals. We were all using it as a practice run.
“That’s why I’m stoked with winning it, and it’s the first one back at Calder in so many years.”
Frost said his Calder Park win helped make amends for frustration at his two previous meetings, at Alice Springs in June and Adelaide in September.
A clutch problem ended his Alice Springs campaign before it really started while he again battled to reach top speed in Adelaide.
“We’re going to Sydney knowing we’re ready to go. We haven’t got the problems we had at Alice Springs,” he said.
“We know that any changes we make to the bike now, we still head to Sydney full of confidence.
“We’re crossing fingers that there are bigger things to come in two weeks’ time.”
The Calder Park meeting was the first Australian National Drag Racing Association-sanctioned meeting to be held at the track in 12 years.
A change of ownership paved the way for racing to return to the famous straight, with 7000 fans packing the stands.
Glenn Wooster was the next best of the Warrnambool racers, reaching the semi-finals of the pro-stock motorcycle class.
Andrew Johnston reached round three of the super sedan class, defeating Stephen Griffin along the way.
Colac racer Justin Russell also impressed, finishing runner-up in the super charged outlaws class.