British Columbia’s Terry Schweigert won for the second time in PDRA 1/8th mile racing following Saturday’s night’s concluding event in Virginia….
Racing his 1800 CC and nitrous injected Suzuki, the Abbotsford BC-baed racer prevailed over an extremely tough Pro Extreme Motorcycle program during the 2015 season ending Brian Olson Memorial World Finals held at Virginia Motorsports Park.
After qualifying #4 with a run of 4.037 secs for the well attended Drag 965 presented eliminator which featured 19 machines vying for 16-qualified slots, Schweigert made a solo pass in round one when his scheduled opponent Ronnie Smith’s bike broke.
Then he took down Burke Foster in round two before outrunning young gun Chris Garner-Jones in the semis to set up the final against Chuck Wilburn, who made it there through Richard Gadson, Dave Norris and Davis, who didn’t get to run after arriving late to the lanes for the semis.
Wilburn posted a .090 reaction in the final and Schweigert had a .096 leave, and made up for it with a solid and consistent 4.03 pass at 173.52 mph to beat Wilburn’s 4.10 at 174.03 combination.
“Neither one of us had a particularly good light–for some reason I was having a little trouble with my reaction times here this weekend–but I know we left pretty close together, but after that I really didn’t see him or hear him. I was drifting a little over toward the center line, too, so I was concentrating on that and just on getting to the far end,” Schweigert said. “This was my second win this year and it feels so good to end the season like this.”
Posted with files by Bruce Biegler & Ian Tocher
Photos by: Bruce Biegler