Dargaville man wins Nitro Shootout drag race series

Lover of fast cars Ross Simpkin with his winning trophies.
JULIA WADE

Lover of fast cars Ross Simpkin with his winning trophies.

Long time Dargaville resident Ross Simpkin can claim to be one of the quickest and fastest at the Meremere drag races held on January 9, becoming the overall winner of the Nitro Shootout series.     

Competing against 30 other cars in the Super Street Class, Simpkin fast-tracked his 2002 Holden SS, 335 kw ute, on a quarter mile sprint [400 metres] to a qualifying speed of 168kmh, with an elapsed time [ET] of 13.627 seconds.

Like a scene reminiscent from the race action of "Fast and the Furious", Simpkin's reaction time off the starter lights was a lightening acceleration of 0.007 seconds. "Getting close to perfect," Sue Simpkin, Ross' wife, says. 

He admits while its great to win over "the big guns", who are consistent race winners, it is the thrill of velocity and competing against the lights that keeps him coming back to the track.

"And the sound of the V8 of course." 

 A dragway racer for 30 years, Simpkin has competed in various races, won three Fathers Day drags and in November 2015, won the StarTrak C8 Super Street Dragway competition by a victory margin of 0.0015 seconds. 

Although there are no cash prizes to be won, winning for Simpkin, seems to be its own reward: "Just the glory and the trophy," he says.

"And a box of beer at home."

           

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