The 2018 Tierp Internationals on track and from the pits

Less than two weeks after the season kick off in England, the FIA European Drag Racing Championship was back on track at the state-of-the-art Tierp Arena for round two, the Tierp Internationals. And once again the Tierp race had everything that makes drag racing so interesting; large numbers of entrants in all classes, record bump spots, exciting races, great elapsed times, holeshot wins and surprise winners. All qualifying and eliminations results were published on the Dragracingeurope.eu website during the event, and all details can always be reviewed in the excellent live coverage on Eurodragster.com. In this article we look back at some highlights and other interesting things that happened during the Tierp Internationals at Tierp Arena. Continue reading

Anita Mäkelä, Dennis Habermann, Andreas Arthursson and Michael Malmgren winners at Tierp Internationals in Sweden

Anita Mäkelä from Finland raced to victory in the Top Fuel final of the Tierp Internationals, round two of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship at Tierp Arena, Sweden. In Top Methanol Dennis Habermann defeated his brother and reigning champion Timo Habermann to take the win. In Pro Modified Andreas Arthursson surprised with a win and his first FIA trophy, while in Pro Stock Michael Malmgren made an end to a long winless period by defeating Stefan Ernryd in the final. Continue reading

Anita Mäkelä, Timo Habermann, Jimmy Ålund and Bengt Ljungdahl number one qualifiers at Tierp Internationals

Anita Mäkelä (Top Fuel), Timo Habermann (Top Methanol), Jimmy Ålund (Pro Modified) and Bengt Ljungdahl (Pro Stock) claimed the number one qualifying positions at the Tierp Internationals at Tierp Arena and will lead their respective categories into Sunday’s eliminations at the second round of the 2018 FIA European Drag Racing Championship. Continue reading

Anita Mäkelä, Timo Habermann, Andreas Arthursson and Bengt Ljungdahl leaders after the first day of qualifying for the Tierp Internationals at Tierp Arena

Anita Mäkelä raced to the number one qualifying position in Top Fuel at the first day of qualifying for the Tierp Internationals, round two of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship at Tierp Arena. In Top Methanol Timo Habermann is the leader after two runs, while Andreas Arthursson surprised in Pro Modified with a stunning 5.86 seconds and the number one qualifying position. In Pro Stock reigning champion Bengt Ljungdahl claimed the provisional number one qualifying position. Continue reading

The Main Event 2018 on track and from the pits

The 2018 FIA European Drag Racing Championship kicked off with The Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway. What a great season opener it was with four Top Fuelers in the 3.9 seconds, one Pro Modified car in the 5.8 seconds and another four in the 5.9 seconds several times. In Top Methanol and Pro Stock there were great elapsed times as well, plus a surprise winner in Top Fuel and a first time finalist in Pro Stock. It seems like we have a great season ahead of us. The new all concrete Santa Pod Raceway track was of course subject of many discussions and everybody had their own opinion about it. Even the track management openly declared that there were still many improvements to make. But the spectators got three days of drag racing they could only have dreamed of. All qualifying and eliminations results were published on Dragracing Europe during the event, and all details can always be reviewed in the excellent live coverage on Eurodragster.com. In this article we look back at some highlights and other interesting things that happened during The Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway. Continue reading

Stig Neergaard, Michael Gullqvist, Timo Habermann and Stefan Ernryd winners at season-opening The Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway

Anita Mäkelä and Stig Neergaard

Stig Neergaard from Denmark raced to victory by defeating Anita Mäkelä in the Top Fuel final at Santa Pod Raceway. Michael Gullqvist from Sweden had to defeat his countryman and multiple FIA European Pro Stock champion Jimmy Ålund to take the win in Pro Modified. The Top Methanol final was an all German Habermann affair as reigning champion Timo Habermann defeated his brother and number one qualifier Dennis Habermann. In Pro Stock last year’s runner up Stefan Ernryd took the win by defeating first time finalist Robin Norén at The Main Event, season-opening race of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship. Continue reading

Saturday leaders Antti Horto, Dennis Habermann, Michael Gullqvist and Bengt Ljungdahl also number one qualifiers after final qualifying for The Main Event

Antti Horto

Antti Horto (Top Fuel), Dennis Habermann (Top Methanol), Michael Gullqvist (Pro Modified) and Bengt Ljungdahl (Pro Stock) claimed the number one qualifying positions at The Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway and will lead their respective categories into Monday’s eliminations at the opening round of the 2018 FIA European Drag Racing Championship. These four drivers were also the number one qualifiers after the first day of qualifying at Santa Pod Raceway. Continue reading

Antti Horto, Dennis Habermann, Michael Gullqvist and Bengt Ljungdahl leaders after the first day of qualifying for The Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway

Antti Horto

Antti Horto raced to the number one qualifying position in Top Fuel at the first day of qualifying for The Main Event, the first race of the 2018 FIA European Drag Racing Championship. In Pro Modified reigning champion Michael Gullqvist stormed to a stunning 5.86 seconds to take the lead after two qualifying runs. In Pro Stock and Top Methanol Bengt Ljungdahl and Dennis Habermann are the provisional leaders after day one. Continue reading

The Main Event, the lights turn green again for a challenging 2018 FIA European Drag Racing Championship

Only one week to go and the 2018 FIA European Drag Racing Championship kicks off with The Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway. After a long winter, drivers, teams and fans are looking forward to the start of the new season where everybody has to start from zero again. And at The Main Event that zero has more than one meaning. All teams can forget their gathered Santa Pod data as they will have to find a new set-up for a brand new state-of-the-art all concrete racetrack! In all four categories the 2017 champions will defend their hard fought titles, but will once again meet tough competition as in all classes last year’s top contenders are back for more. Continue reading

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