Welcome to the National Drag Racing Championship

One sport. One calendar. One way forward.

One Sport

The NDRC is Australia’s unified national drag racing championship whose mission is to make drag racing Australia’s favourite motorsport. The NDRC represents a new era for drag racing in Australia, with Top Fuel, Nitro Funny Car, Top Doorslammer, Pro Alcohol, Pro Stock, Top Fuel Motorcycle, Pro Stock Bike, Pro Mod, and Sportsman all having the opportunity to race in one national championship series.

From the fastest accelerating vehicles on the planet in Top Fuel and Nitro Funny Car all the way through to the future stars of the sport, the NDRC is charged with moving the sport one way. Forward.

One NDRC calendar will feature six events headlined by Australian Top Fuel Championship and another five events headlined by Nitro Funny Car with an all-in final at the Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway in 2024. The Winternationals is traditionally one of the biggest events on the calendar, but with Top Fuel and Nitro Funny Cars on the same bill, 2024’s NDRC Grand Final will be next level. Sportsman racing will feature at all 11 events and they even get their own Grand Final separate to Group 1 and an entirely new conference system.

The Aeroflow Sportsman Championship calendar is scheduled from July 2023 to April 2024. To provide more opportunity for racers across the country to compete for a national title, the championship is organised into two conferences: East and West. The Eastern Conference features events at Sydney Dragway, Willowbank Raceway, Dragway at the Bend, Springmount, Benaraby, Heathcote Park Raceway, and Calder Park Raceway. The Western Conference includes rounds at Perth Motorplex, Alice Springs Inland Dragway, Sunset Strip, South Coast Raceway, and Hidden Valley.

Racers are not required to nominate a conference and have the freedom to race where they choose. Their performance will count towards both the conference championship and qualification for the National Grand Final. All racers who qualify for the National Grand Final will have an equal chance of winning the national title.

One Calendar

One Broadcaster

The NDRC will be live, free and on demand on 7+ and 7mate. All of the Group 1 championship finals action will light up your screen, live and free, on 7+, while highlights of Top Fuel, Nitro Funny Car and Group 1 racing will be packaged up and hit your screens in one hour highlights shows after each round.

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The NDRC or National Drag Racing Championship is a new umbrella championship, formed to deliver unified championship drag racing in Australia. The NDRC will be run across 11 events encompassing the Australian Top Fuel Championship, the Nitro Funny Car Championship, other Group 1 and Aeroflow Sportsman Championship racing. Our upcoming events calendar is available here.

No. The NDRC will unite drag racing championship racing under one management, for all racers, regardless of sanctioning or association. The NDRC will replace all previous historical series names and championships to provide one way forward for the sport.

The NDRC will be managed by Out There Productions (OTP), the same entity behind the Australian Top Fuel Championship. OTP is the name behind motor festivals like Summernats, Motorex, Motorvation, Rockynats and a host of other major sports and events promotion. The key management figures for the NDRC include Andy Lopez & Nathan Prendergast. The rest of the management team are outlined in the press release.

Both ANDRA & IHRA will still have a vital role in the rules, regulations, insurances and sanctioning of racetracks. The Championship will run under the relevant sanctioning body at each track. The NDRC will work with sanctioning bodies to unify technical regulations as required for individual classes. Sanctioning bodies are not involved in the day-to-day management of the NDRC.

The NDRC will be responsible for prize money for all categories and will work with associations in delivering payments in line with expectation.

A single Championship for all categories. A single united marketing and broadcast package and focused and united team dedicated to the growth of all drag racing.The NDRC will be responsible for prize money for all categories and will work with associations in delivering payments in line with expectation.

All race days from the 11 NDRC Group 1 events will be broadcast LIVE AND FREE on 7+ and produced by Nathan Prendergast and a team of broadcast specialists. Coverage will include Sportsman racing and be hosted by experienced drag racing TV talent. Highlight shows will be compiled from all the major categories post-event on 7+ and 7mate.

The traditional Xmas Tree will be awarded to all winners of NDRC rounds. Championship trophies will be based on category. For example, Top Fuel will race for the Stan Sainty Cup.

The NDRC Aeroflow Sportsman Championship will run in an Eastern and Western Conference format with separate Conference Finals. The Eastern Conference Final will be held at the Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway in June. The Western Conference Final will be held at the Riverbend Nationals at Dragway at The Bend in March. The Aeroflow Sportsman National Grand Final will be held at the Dragway at the Bend. There is an awesome program of racing at great tracks across the entire country. The points system and racing categories are very similar to what you’ve been used to in the ANDRA Series and 400 Thunder Series.

Racing categories in the Aeroflow Sportsman Championship will be as per the categories outlined in the rulebooks of the sanctioning body of the track where racing is held. The NDRC are working with ANDRA and IHRA to positively resolve any differences that exist within a small number of categories.

Anyone can race in a Conference Final.

No. The Aeroflow Sportsman National Grand Final is a qualification only event. The qualification system is simple, encourages participation, and rewards good racing.

All categories as listed in the relevant sanctioning bodies rulebooks.

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