Australian Competition Bike Racer Wins with Stupid Fast


The first season of the new Australian Drag Racing Championship has come to a crowd-pleasing conclusion at the Perth Motorplex.

At the weekend’s EGT ANDRA Grand Finals, there was no shortage of ANDRA Christmas Tree trophies hoisted by grinning recipients following the conclusion of the 2021/2022 Australian Drag Racing Championship and Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series.

While the title winners have understandably been the subject of much of the rhetoric around the event, they weren’t the only ones impressing at the Perth Motorplex on April 9 however, with event wins just as hotly contested as the championship battles.

Competition Bike

Ross Smith – Competition Bike event winner

“We were very nervous initially about having a brand-new tyre on there, as they take three laps to get any grip. On the first lap it surprised us as it spun first but then caught and drove and it got us an 8.0 run to top qualify. On Saturday we used the same setup and the tyre gripped, so we knew the tyre was working and we could zero in during eliminations,” Smith said.

“On the first elimination round the track bit us. We had it fairly soft, but the track had a lot of grip and so the bike wheelstood, which it hasn’t done for quite a few years. My autopilot kicked in to save the lap, because with the shootout format of Competition Bike you need to win every round.

ANDRA Ross Smith

“In the third round against Paul DeKlerk we got more aggressive with the clutch and expected an 8.1 lap, and it went 8.01! That put us into the final against Phill Paton, who had earlier wrapped up the ANDRA championship. We knew on paper we were further under the index than Phill, so it was a matter of putting a clean lap together. We went 8.02 and with that we had the national ET record and one of our best speeds ever at 164mph, just shy of the national speed record.

“We’ve had a perfect season in WA; we haven’t lost a race. We’re very happy with this weekend and the outcome. Next season we will try to get some weight out of the bike, and we’ll try again.”

ANDRA Ross Smith ANDRA Ross Smith

For full results from the ANDRA Grand Finals, please click here.

ANDRA Ross Smith

The Australian National Drag Racing Association Ltd, or ANDRA for short, is the drag racing sanctioning body of Australia. The organization was created in 1973 from a more drag racing oriented faction of the Australian Hot Rod Federation. Today ANDRA sanctions races throughout Australia and throughout the year at all levels, from Top Fuel to Junior Dragster, on everything from temporary regional tracks to international standard facilities in capital cities. ANDRA and its members make drag racing a family-friendly, safe sport. So come along as a spectator or bring your street car to an “off-street” event and enjoy the excitement that is Australian drag racing.