THE THRILL of drag racing is being passed down the generations in the Russell family.
Justin, 48, a former Warrnambool resident, started in the sport 25 years ago after he watched a drag meet and fell in love.
Now the Australian number one supercharge outlaw class driver is introducing his sons Kyle, 16, and Ryan, 13, to the sport.
“I have been trying to slow down my involvement in the sport in the last 12 months and take a step back and let my sons get into the sport,” Justin said.
“They are the future of drag racing and it’s up to us old heads in the sport to educate them and show them how it is done.”
Justin will pack the trailer with his 1967 SS Camaro and his son’s half-scale junior dragster and travel to Portland for the South Coast Nationals and round four of the Australian National Drag Racing Association series.
The father-of-two said Ryan was entering his first year in the sport after seeing his brother first enter the sport.
Kyle won’t be racing this season as they prepare his new car for 2019-20 season, but the teenager is learning the trade in his dad’s pit crew.
After the success of last season Justin thought he would step away completely from the sport on a high and concentrate on his sons’ involvement in the sport but new and old sponsors persuaded him to go for one last victory lap.
He missed the opening two ANDRA series rounds in Darwin and Alice Springs but bounced back at Mildura to secure his first win to surge back into contention for consecutive national titles ahead of round four this weekend.
“There are six guys in the hunt for the national title,” Justin said.
“I’ll be trying my hardest to make sure I beat them every chance I can, but there are one or two in my class who only race at their home meets and they can knock you out at critical times.
“So I just have to watch out for them and stay confident in myself and my car and we will see how the results go.”