GO SPEED RACERS: A file photo of the drag racing strip in Casino.
GO SPEED RACERS: A file photo of the drag racing strip in Casino. Marc Stapelberg

It’s a drag but the racing season at Casino airport is over

THE TYRE smoke has settled just in time for bushfire season following the Northern Rivers Drag Racing Association's final meeting for 2015.

Northern Rivers Drag Racing Association committee member Mark Anderson said 60 competitors from as far away as Nambucca Heads raced along the Casino airport strip.

Under the agreement with Richmond Valley Council and the Rural Fire Service, the Northern Rivers Drag Racing Association can use the airport outside of bushfire season, from April to September.

"I was a great event and as good as could be expected with the weather," he said.

"The weather on the coast was unfriendly to us more than it was at Casino.

"I'd say we lost a heap of spectators who thought the meeting would have been cancelled because of the weather on the coast."

Despite the weather and a slight drop competitor numbers, Mr Anderson said everyone involved had a great day.

"We had a guy drive all the way from Nambucca Heads; he left at 7am and drove up to Casino just to have three runs," he said. "He went home as happy as Larry."

In the off-season, the Northern Rivers Drag Racing Association will be planning for a bigger and better 2016 season.

"We are also going through the restablishment of the development application with council for next year," Mr Anderson said.

Getting council approval for a new development application shouldn't pose any problems, Mr Anderson said.

"It's all pretty straight forward and the council is right behind us with what we are doing," he said.

"We just need to inform council of any changes to things we want to do and discuss it with them to see where we can go with it."

Next season competitors can look forward to an upgraded timing system.

"We'd like to have a system to give competitors more information about what they are doing," Mr Anderson said.

For more information visit http://www.nrdrags.com.au.