In yet another peg from a fast developing international drag racing story — far West Australia’s Perth Motorplex will switch to IHRA sanctioning….

The world-class Perth Motorplex will move to full International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) sanctioning from December 1, 2015.


The venue’s management will make the switch to the internationally renowned IHRA with long-term sustainability and growth at the forefront of its decision making process.
The move comes after the local governing body; the Australian National Drag Racing Association (ANDRA) made it clear it would not sanction upcoming 400 Thunder events at the multi-million dollar venue.

Perth Motorplex General Manager, Kevin Prendergast said IHRA sanctioning ends months of turmoil and uncertainty, and brings a host of benefits for competitors.


“We’re proud to align our world-class venue with the globally recognized IHRA to sanction all future events at Perth Motorplex,” Prendergast said.
“Perth Motorplex has continued to attempt to work with ANDRA, but its unreliable behavior over the past few months and last week’s announcement left us no option but to explore other sanctioning options in the best interest of our competitors and the future of the sport.
“The IHRA will significantly reduce competitor costs through lower license and membership fees, ensuring drag racing has a strong future in Perth, and also give competitors the opportunity to race overseas at other IHRA sanctioned venues and events.”

Prendergast said the venue’s insurance policies would not be affected by the change.

“Like a number of Australian tracks, Perth Motorplex has organized its own Public Liability and Personal Accident Insurance separate to ANDRA for a number of years,” he said.

“Those insurance arrangements are placed with SLE Worldwide who are also the insurers for ANDRA. So competitors can take comfort knowing they have the same insurance underwriter and the same levels of coverage as they have always enjoyed.”

The IHRA is the second largest drag racing regulator in the world, with more than 100 member tracks across the United States, Canada, New Zealand and the Caribbean.
Founded in 1970, the U.S. based body is also responsible for the promotion of the IHRA Drag Racing Series, Summit Pro-Am Tour, Summit SuperSeries, Summit Junior SuperSeries, and the Summit Tournament of Champions.


“The Perth Motorplex will work closely with racers and the IHRA to ensure there is a smooth transition,” Prendergast said
“We are committed to providing Western Australia with a world-class venue, and IHRA sanctioning brings us further in line with leading tracks around the world.”

Full details regarding IHRA licenses, safety regulations and class structures will be announced soon.

A racer information briefing is being arranged for November 24th at the Perth Motorplex.  This meeting will be attended by Perth Motorplex management and Venues West Chief Executive Officer David Etherton.

Posted by Scott Gardner

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