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More Women Join Race

Fiji Car Club is happy with the progress of drag racing as their 2014 competitive calendar draws to an end next month. Club’s president Raizal Haniff applauded the progress during
24 Nov 2014 12:11
More Women Join Race
MOOVIT driven by Tauz Khan goes for final inspection during the Fiji Car Club quarter-mile drag race at Nanuku Airstrip in Pacific Harbour yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

Fiji Car Club is happy with the progress of drag racing as their 2014 competitive calendar draws to an end next month.
Club’s president Raizal Haniff applauded the progress during yesterday’s quarter-mile drag race at the Nanuku Airstrip in Pacific Harbour.

“We’ve been doing well and today’s event in particular was good attracting a good crowd.
“We also had about 28 cars and we expect more as we go into the second and third rounds of competition.

“Having four female drivers compete was also very encouraging to see.
“We always encourage more female participation in the sport and one way we’ve been doing this is categorising the women that have competed so far.

“This is part of us trying to get these women on equal footing with the male drivers but for now with few competitors we’re keeping it small.

However, as the field grows which we hope it does, there will be more categories for them to compete under,” Haniff said.

In addition, reigning Fiji Car Club drag-race champion and veteran Ravindra Nath said much had changed for the better since he first started competing.

“I started back in 1991 when we used to compete at the old Sakura track in Pacific Harbour which was very unsafe.

“But now we have this airstrip which is a lot more appropriate for drag racing and it has certainly helped boost the sport.

“I’ve held the national drag-racing record of 9.75 seconds for 11 years now and it’s good to see a lot of new racers coming up trying out the sport and helping to increase the competition.

“There is definitely a lot more interest in the sport now,” he added.

Meanwhile, Nath clocked a time of 10.03s during yesterday’s drag race, keeping the lead on rival  Tauz Khan, who clocked 10.44s.

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