Racer cracks quarter mile high
MURWILLUMBAH drag racer Mark Hancock blitzed two long-standing bike records at Willowbank Raceway on the weekend, and he only wants to go faster.
The national A-modified bike record for the quarter-mile had stood at 7.92 seconds since 1996, but every record has to fall and Hancock was the man to break this one.
He roared down the bitumen in just 7.79 seconds on his 1984 GSX 1100 pro-stock motorcycle, and in the process broke the high-speed record in the same division.
Hancock reached 168 miles per hour, well over the previous high speed of 164mph, set in 2002.
He outlined his goal in November last year to the Tweed Daily News, and he was happy and relieved, to have achieved it.
“I'm really happy it's set, now it's off my list,” Hancock said.
“I am really happy; happy for everyone in the whole team.
“It's been 10 years running bikes, and all the way through we've been building our own engines. It's all been worth it and hopefully we can use this record to get some sponsorship.
“It is a bit of a relief as well. Sometimes you set out to achieve something ... but it doesn't always work out the way that you wanted it.”
The drag-racing veteran smashed the time and speed limits with the help of some dedicated mates.
Hancock and his team have operated out of backyard garages and without financial backing, making the achievement all the more rewarding.
Crew chief Shane Brown and his wife Jess are an integral part of the team, as is Wayne Clark and Joe Marshall, from Marshall Engines.
Hancock said the record wouldn't have been possible without their help, and that of his wife Katrina and his son Lewis.
“Drag racing is a family-orientated sport,” he said.
The record didn't fall until the second day of the meeting, because Hancock's bike was a bit off on day one.
“We kept changing it and it wasn't until the third qualifying run that we set the record,” he said.
Hancock and his team was confident the bike could go much faster and hoped to eventually race in the top pro stock class. Bikes in that class regularly run at 7.2 seconds for the quarter-mile.