Drag racer targets national title

Colac drag racing export Jack Danaher has impressed in trials at Melbourne’s Calder Park Raceway.

COLAC drag racing export Jack Danaher is preparing for an assault on an Australian drag racing championship.

Danaher, 26, raced his American-imported Dragster at Melbourne’s Calder Park Raceway at an exhibition race in front of 15,000 people.

His fastest time of 6.83 seconds at 318.65 kilometres an hour has Danaher ready to match the best Australian drag racers in the Australian National Drag Racing Association.

Danaher said preparations for his first race in Sydney in late March were on track.

“We were rapt after the weekend, to come out and go straight into the sixes on our first full pass with the new combo was pretty special,” he said.

Jack Danaher launches from the start line.

“I certainly wouldn’t be here without the help from my crew and sponsors UDT Logistics, Exhaust Bros Geelong and Repco Colac.”

The Lara-based speedster completed race testing at Portland earlier this year and overcame engine trouble to complete his first full “quarter mile” at Calder Park.

Danaher said his sponsors and good mate Jason Cunliffe had helped reconfigure his engine setup.

“We bought the Dragster out of the States as a ‘turn key’ deal about eighteen months ago, but after two race meetings we hurt the engine pretty bad,” Danaher said.

“We decided to sit out the remainder of that season and focus our time on piecing together a killer engine combo.

“Everything checked out really well after Saturday, we were very happy with it.”

Danaher heads to Sydney Dragway for round five of the ANDRA series on March 24 and will race further meetings in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

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