Monthly Archives: July 2016

Surprising Alastaro eliminations cut short by rain

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Anita Mäkelä

After an interesting qualifying and surprising first round of eliminations, the Top Fuel semi-finals of the FHRA Nitro Nationals promised to be even more exiting. The reigning champion Micke Kågered was out of competition and the numbers one and two in the championship, Stig Neergaard and Anita Mäkelä, had to face each other for a place in the final. But mother nature had other ideas and a thunderstorm and rain showers brought an early end to the third round of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship at Alastaro, Finland.  Continue reading

Rain prevents pursuers from catching up with a red lighting leader

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David Vegter

Michael Gullqvist out with a red light in the first round of eliminations and his five main pursuers all winning and advancing to the quarter finals! The best possible scenario to catch up with the leader in the championship. But the reigning FIA European Pro Modified champion was saved by the thunderstorm and rain and as the eliminations had to be cancelled, the rest of the pack could only make up at most twenty points.  Continue reading

Rain beats unstoppable Johnny Oksa at his home track

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Johnny Oksa

Johnny Oksa reset his personal best in qualifying at Alastaro to a great 5.66 seconds at 407.54 km/h and was on his way to his second consecutive victory in the FIA European Top Methanol Funny Car Championship. But as he already said at Tierp, ‘only rain can stop me from winning’ , and that’s exactly what happened at his home track, and so Oksa’s FHRA Nitro Nationals ended in the semi-finals.  Continue reading

Vegter Pro Mod Racing’s Finnish success story spoiled by rain

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With the quickest elapsed time of the Pro Modified field on Saturday, the second qualifying position and a first round win, David Vegter was on his way to a great result at Alastaro. But on Sunday a thunderstorm and rain showers made an early end to round three of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship. “That was a pity. We had the right set-up for the Camaro and my reaction times were also good. With the leader of the championship already out of competition, it was the perfect chance to make up some ground,” said Vegter, after his so far very successful Finnish race.  Continue reading

Rain makes early end to FHRA Nitro Nationals in Finland

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Stig Neergaard

Rain made an early end to the FHRA Nitro Nationals at Alastaro, Finland. After an exiting first round in Top Fuel and Pro Modified, with an early exit of number one qualifier Michael Gullqvist, a thunderstorm interrupted the third round of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship. The track crew almost got the Alastaro dragstrip in racing condition twice, when at 3.30 PM another heavy shower left the race director no other option than to cancel the event.  Continue reading

Friday leaders Stig Neergaard, Michael Gullqvist, Bengt Ljungdahl and Johnny Oksa hold on for top spots at Alastaro

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Stig Neergaard

Friday leaders Stig Neergaard (Top Fuel), Michael Gullqvist (Pro Modified), Bengt Ljungdahl (Pro Stock) and Johnny Oksa (Top Methanol Funny Car) claimed the number one qualifying positions at the FHRA Nitro Nationals at Alastaro and will lead their classes into Sunday’s eliminations at round three of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship. Continue reading

Stig Neergaard, Michael Gullqvist, Bengt Ljungdahl and Johnny Oksa provisional leaders at Alastaro

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Stig Neergaard

Stig Neergaard raced to the number one qualifying position in Top Fuel at the first day of qualifying for the FHRA Nitro Nationals, round three of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship at Alastaro, Finland. In Pro Modified reigning champion Michael Gullqvist was quickest in both runs and leads the field with two more qualifying sessions to go. In Pro Stock Bengt Ljungdahl surprised favourite Jimmy Ǻlund and is the number one qualifier, while in Top Methanol Funny Car local hero Johnny Oksa leads the field after day one.  Continue reading

FIA European Drag Racing Championship to Finland for round three

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After England and Sweden, it’s time for Finland to welcome the FIA European Drag Racing Championship for round three of their title race. The FHRA Nitro Nationals at the Alastaro Circuit is always a special race and the only time the numerous Finnish fans can see the 8.500 bhp Top Fuelers live in action. After their win at Tierp Arena, Anita Mäkelä (Top Fuel) and Johnny Oksa (Top Methanol Funny Car) enter their home race as the provisional leaders in their respective championships. But competition will be tough to make it two in a row and increase that lead. Who are the favourites to end their Sunday afternoon upside down in the traditional Finnish water barrel?  Continue reading