NHRA star Richie Crampton will make his debut with Rapisarda Autosport International at the Santo’s Summer Thunder meeting, Sydney Dragway, January, 24-25.
“I’m delighted that Richie has agreed to come to Australia and drive for our team this weekend,” said team owner Santo Rapisarda. “My boys, Santo Junior and Santino have got to know Richie really well when we’ve raced in America and when he’s returned home to race. He’s a world class driver and a great fit with our family team.”
Crampton has been one of the best Australian racers to compete on the Mello Yello series with winning the 2014 U.S Nationals in his rookie year also collecting the Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future award in the same year. Racing for Morgan Lucas Racing and Kalitta Motorsports in the past, Crampton has racked up a number of NHRA national event wins.
Crampton last raced in Australia for Lamattina Top Fuel Racing at Willowbank Raceway, January 2019.
The Santo’s Summer Thunder meeting scheduled for January 17-18 was postponed due to rain.
American duo Dom Lagana and Ashley Sanford, who were originally slated to fill the third and fourth seat at RAI, were forced to miss this weekend's meeting due to previous commitments.