THE pain of lost opportunity hurt more than any cuts, bruises and swollen limbs for Warrnambool drag racer Tony Frost.
Frost is this week nursing a swollen and bruised left knee, left hand and feet after a high-speed crash at Sydney Dragway.
The crash, at 237km/h, came at the end of his third qualifying run at the Australian nationals on Saturday.
Frost said safety gear ensured the damage to his body was less than what it could have been.
He said he was more disappointed his team could not win the modified bike class as part of the Aeroflow Sportsman Championship.
Frost started the weekend needing only a better result than Casterton racer Gavin Dohnt to claim the series.
But the crash dealt a premature end to his hopes. With Dohnt eliminated in the first round, the weekend was a case of missed opportunity.
“If we had have fronted for the first or second round, which we were confident of doing, we would’ve won the championship,” Frost said yesterday.
“All the top runners went out in the first round except for Shane Walker and he went out in the second round.
“I’m devastated for the team more than anything. They put in the hard yards just as much as I do.
“I’m in one piece and that’s one thing I can be grateful for. Not many people come off at the speed I did and be in the nick I am in.”
Frost said he was confident of competing again in 2014, but on a new full-chassis GSX-R bike and stepping up to competition class.
Australian nationals delivered little joy for the six Warrnambool and District Drag Racing Association competitors who ventured to Sydney.
Only Chris King, who reached the quarter-finals in his Ford Capri in the super street class, won past the first round.