Monthly Archives: August 2016

Stig Neergaard, Johnny Oksa, Bengt Ljungdahl and Jonny Lagg win at Scandinavian Internationals in Sweden

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Stig Neergaard

Stig Neergaard raced to victory in Top Fuel at the Scandinavian Internationals, the fifth round of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship. The Dane defeated Anita Mäkelä in the final and is now 17 points behind the Finnish championship leader with only one race to go. In Top Methanol Funny Car Johnny Oksa took the championship in style with a dominant win. In Pro Stock there was double success for Bengt Ljungdahl as the Swede won the race and reset the European elapsed time record to 6.491 seconds. In Top Methanol Dragster Jonny Lagg won his home race at Tierp Arena, while in Pro Modified the final between Bruno Bader and Mats Eriksson couldn’t be contested as rain brought an early end to the eliminations of the Scandinavian Internationals. Continue reading

Stefan Gunnarsson, Johnny Oksa and Jimmy Alund new leaders, while Michael Gullqvist holds on for top spot at Scandinavian Internationals

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Stefan Gunnarsson

An even bigger surprise then Duncan Micallef’s 3.91 seconds in Friday’s Top Fuel qualifying, was today’s stunning 3.90 seconds from Stefan Gunnarsson. With his personal best the Swedish driver raced to the number one qualifying position. In Top Methanol Funny Car Johnny Oksa is the new leader after day two of the Scandinavian Internationals at Tierp Arena, while Jimmy Alund changed positions with Bengt Ljungdahl and will lead the Pro Stock field into tomorrows eliminations of round five of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship. In Pro Modified, Michael Gullqvist improved to 5.88 seconds and stayed in the lead. Continue reading

Duncan Micallef, Ari Pietilä, Michael Gullqvist and Bengt Ljungdahl leaders after Friday qualifying for the Scandinavian Internationals

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Duncan Micallef

Duncan Micallef was the big surprise in Top Fuel at the first day of qualifying for the Scandinavian Internationals at Tierp Arena, as the Maltese driver stormed to a stunning 3.91 seconds in his first run of the 2016 season. In Top Methanol Funny Car Ari Pietilä is the number one qualifier with 5.74 seconds. In Pro Modified reigning champion Michael Gullqvist was the only driver to break the 6-second barrier and leads the field with two more qualifying sessions to go. In Pro Stock Bengt Ljungdahl is the number one qualifier after day one. Continue reading

Pro-Stock comes back to Germany

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Jimmy Ålund

After a break of two years the Pro Stock cars made a return to the Rico Anthes Quartermile in Hockenheim for the NitrOlympX.  As keen followers will recall, the track in 2014 could not hold the power of a Pro Stock car and all teams voted to quit the event after Q1.  No Pro Stock team attended the NitrOlympX in 2015, but they have returned after the track crew adopted a new plan for the preparation and management of the racing surface. It would seem that this new approach has worked as the times in both qualification and eliminations were representative of Pro Stock in full flight.  Continue reading

Anita Mäkelä, Johnny Oksa, Johan Lindberg, Timo Habermann and Jimmy Alund win at the 31th NitrOlympX

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Anita Mäkelä

Anita Mäkelä raced to victory in Top Fuel at the 31th Hockenheim NitrOlympX, round four of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship. The win was a double success for the Finnish racer as she is also the new leader in the championship. In Top Methanol Funny Car, championship leader Johnny Oksa extended his lead by defeating Ari Pietilä in an all Finnish final. In Pro Modified, Johan Lindberg defeated surprise finalist and Pro Mod rookie Marck Harteveld from the Netherlands to take his first win of the season. Timo Habermann gave the home crowd something to cheer about to win in Top Methanol Dragster, while Jimmy Alund raced to victory in Pro Stock at the Rico Anthes Quartermile of the Hockenheimring. Continue reading

Stig Neergaard, Ari Pietilä, Timo Habermann, Michael Gullqvist and Jimmy Alund leaders after Friday qualifying at the NitrOlympX

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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 NitrOlympX, round four of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship at the Hockenheimring, Germany. In Top Methanol Funny Car Ari Pietilä surprised with a new personal best and is the number one qualifier. In Pro Modified reigning champion Michael Gullqvist was quickest and leads the field with two more qualifying sessions to go. In Pro Stock Jimmy Alund is the number one qualifier, while in Top Methanol Dragster local hero Timo Habermann leads the field after day one. Continue reading

FIA European Drag Racing Championship resumes at Hockenheim and Tierp Arena

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Stig Neergaard

The 2016 FIA European Drag Racing Championship is at the halfway point of the season and after the summer break part two kicks off with the traditional NitrOlympX at Hockenheim. From Germany the teams have to travel directly to Sweden, as the following weekend the Scandinavian Internationals at Tierp Arena is on the calendar. For the drivers and teams not only an extremely tight schedule, but in one week the standings in the FIA European Championship can change dramatically. Who are the favourites at the eve of the 31st NitrOlympX at HockenheimRing’s Rico Anthes Quartermile, and who might be the leaders after Tierp?  Continue reading

Ljungdahl stamps his foot and the rains come down

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Bengt Ljungdahl

The 2016 season is not going exactly as the main players might have hoped. After a predictable result to the Santa Pod round came the shock of Tierp one where Michael Malmgren failed to qualify for the first time in memory and Jimmy Ålund and Thomas Lindström both lost in the semis. The Pro Stock circus made its way to Finland in early July, and probably those three names thought they might get things back to the way they have become used to them being.  Jimmy might have hoped to come away from Alastaro with a 50-100 point lead, while the Malmgren, Petersson and Lindström teams would have hoped to consolidate their positions in the next three places.  Between a hard charging Bengt Ljungdahl, the rapid Finn Richard Sundblom and the weather gods, it was not to work out quite like they hoped! Continue reading