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Gavin Wilkins wins Senior Eliminator drag racing title
information supplied by: Peter Burroughes Communications 31 October 2012

Gavin Wilkins wins Senior Eliminator drag racing title

Gavin Wilkins won the Senior Eliminator altered street car class title at the final round of the South African drag racing championships at Tarlton International Raceway on Sunday.

Driving his V8-powered Speedpro Ford Mustang, the 46-year-old Alberton speed shop owner and race engine builder finally secured the one title that has eluded him in a long and successful drag racing career.

“I was getting tired of finishing second in the nationals – seven or eight times in the last 10 years – and now we’ve managed to beat our main rival and multiple former champion Nico van Rensburg. This is a big achievement for the Speedpro team with our home-built car. The top competition has come from a state-of-the-art imported Ford Thunderbird.”

It’s been a great season for Wilkins and his GWR Racing team. Although he’s won the regional title before, this is the first time he’s won both regionals and nationals in the same year. In addition, he holds the national class record for the quarter mile sprint after breaking the record four times during the year.

“We’re running in the most popular class, for cars that complete the quarter mile in times between 7,5 and nine seconds, so the competition has been tough all year, right through the six rounds of the championship at Tarlton, the home of South African drag racing” explained Wilkins.

“The Speedpro Mustang has been performing sweetly and we’ve been putting to good use all the tricks of the trade we’ve accumulated through many years of competing in these championships. A big ‘thank you’ to our sponsors, Federal-Mogul, whose Speedpro and Felpro engine components and Champion spark plugs have contributed to this success. This is the fifth year they’ve been supporting me and I’m very pleased to have finally delivered them the national championship.”

Ronnie Erasmus, motor sport manager of Federal-Mogul, paid tribute to Wilkins’ achievements. “We’ve been supporting Gavin and his GWR team for the past five years and he’s been a regular winner on the drag strip, capturing several regional titles and promoting our Speedpro, Felpro and Champion products. We congratulate him on winning the national Senior Eliminator championship.”

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Issued on behalf of Federal-Mogul Aftermarket by Peter Burroughes Communications, telephone 082 899 0101, e-mail bowtie@iafrica.com.
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