Warrnambool drag racer Tony Frost steps up to pro motorcycling class | The standard

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TONY Frost puts the finishing touches on his pro-stock bike as he prepares to live out a lifelong dream of competing in Australia’s premier class of drag racing. The Warrnambool competitor tested his new machine at Heathcote Park last weekend and plans further testing before racing. “I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face and as soon as we started talking about it I started smiling again,” Frost told The Standard. “Everything went as planned, better than I expected. It was really rewarding and he came back with great potential.” Frost, now 50, started drag racing at 18. The idea of ​​racing a pro-stock bike on the national circuit seemed unrealistic. “I always wanted to do it and I was lacking funding to some degree, then sponsors came on board who helped me with my (class) competition bike.” Frost said. “We raced once in Sydney and he said ‘we really need to step up and have a chance in group one’.” This kicked off an 18-month, COVID-impacted project to get a pro-stock bike in “It was actually built in Adelaide by Trevor Birrell and I was traveling as much as I could, as much as the borders allowed me , to build it,” Frost said. “That’s why it took a while just trying to find parts and good combinations.” Frost is excited to compete but wants to be well prepared to be ahead of a fight against Australia’s best, including the talent of Warrnambool and his good friend Glenn Wooster. The season is underway and will conclude with Winternationals in the Northern Territory in June. “We’ll do more testing because I want to be sure we can make the numbers work,” Frost said. “We only did some half-track runs at Heathcote, just to get used to the bike, as I’ve never ridden one like this before. The speed it takes off and how quickly you have to react, I’m not used to it. . “We will go to Sydney in the near future and do more tests there, then we will start racing in March or April. If not, we’ll go to Willowbank in June and then focus on next season.” Frost said Winternationals will give him an idea of ​​where he stands among his peers. “It’s one of the biggest events in drag racing of the southern hemisphere. It would be a great way to end the season and see where we compare to everyone else.” Frost, who has the support of his wife Tracey, daughter Bronwyn, 16, son Brock, 13, and of extended family Rick and Jill Overweter, will remain involved in the competitive bike class locally.” Racing the side is the most important part, but the atmosphere in the pits and the sportsmanship that emanates from it is wonderful,” he said. with The Standard:


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