BURNOUT MASTERS 2017: THE GOOD OIL

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STORY SCOTT TAYLOR PHOTOS SM STAFF

MARCH 2017: ALL THE NEWS THAT MATTERS

BURNOUT Masters is the be-all and endall when it comes to frying tyres in front of monster crowds, and the 2017 series is going to be bigger than ever.

It all started with Summernats 30, where the top five in the Burnout Masters earned a spot in the Street Machine Summernats 31 competition. Throw in the top three from the Summernats Burnout Championship, and thereís eight Ďgolden ticketsí already taken for next year.

The West Australians will have first crack at what is left when Gazzanats WA fires up 3-5 March; the winners of both the blown and naturally aspirated competitions will score an automatic entry to the Masters at Summernats 31.

One week later, the circus swings back east to Lardner Park for Motorfest, where the top two entrants will both score tickets to play with the big boys. Then the party moves back to South Australia a week later to Murray Bridge, which is joining the Burnout Masters feeder events for the first time. The first place-getter from Murray Bridge will score a Burnout Masters slot.

From there itís on to the big televised shows, and there will be three Burnout Masters TV shows this year, not including Summernats itself. The first of these will be Burnout King in Perth on 14 April; the first two blown cars and the top naturally aspirated car will score golden tickets to the big event. Itíll be the same deal for Brashernats on 11 June.

Then Tropical Meltdown (29 Jul), Burnout Outlaws (12 Aug), and Gazzanats Darwin (19 Aug) all get one ticket each to give away before the focus shifts to Alice Springs for the Red CentreNATS. Any heavy hitters heading to Alice will have three shots at a start in the Burnout Masters, with all three tickets going to the blown class; itíll also be televised on 7Mate.

After the Red CentreNATS in early September there will be no Burnout Masters qualifying events until Summernats 31 and the Last Chance Wildcard show.

So everyone will have plenty of time to make sure their rides are in tip-top shape for Australiaís biggest horsepower party. s

DATES

3-5 Mar GAZZANATS WA

Collie Motorplex, WA

11-12 Mar MOTORFEST

Lardner Park, Vic

18 Mar MURRAY BRIDGE

Murray Bridge Speedway, SA

14 Apr* BURNOUT KING

Perth Motorplex, WA

11 Jun* BRASHERNATS

Sydney Dragway, NSW

29 Jul TROPICAL MELTDOWN

Cairns Speedway, Qld

12 Aug BURNOUT OUTLAWS

Sydney Dragway, NSW

19 Aug GAZZANATS DARWIN

Hidden Valley Raceway, NT

3 Sep* RED CENTRENATS

Alice Springs, NT

4 Jan* SUMMERNATS 31 WILDCARD,

Canberra, ACT *Televised event