Monthly Archives: July 2019

FHRA Nitro Nationals full of surprises

The FHRA Nitro Nationals, round three of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship, were full of drama and in the end had at least three surprise winners. In Top Fuel Timo Lehtimäki raced to victory, and although the Finn was last year’s winner as well, it was once again an upset win as he was the number eight qualifier. In Pro Modified Peter Kunc was the surprise winner after defeating Andreas Arthursson in the final, while Simon Gustafsson stunned with a win in the final over reigning champion Bengt Ljungdahl in Pro Stock. For Kunc and Gustafsson is was their first win in an FIA European Championship race. Top Methanol had less of a surprise winner in Sandro Bellio, although the Santa Pod winner didn’t see himself as a favourite at all after a far from trouble free qualifying. Continue reading

Timo Lehtimäki, Sandro Bellio, Peter Kunc and Simon Gustafsson winners at FHRA Nitro Nationals in Kauhava

Timo Lehtimäki gave the Finnish home crowd something to cheer about by winning the Top Fuel final of the FHRA Nitro Nationals, round three of the 2019 FIA European Drag Racing Championship at the new Kauhava drag racing facility in Finland. Lehtimäki, also winner of last year’s FHRA Nitro Nationals, defeated Maja Udtian from Norway in the final. In Top Methanol Sandro Bellio had a bye run in the final to take his second win of the season. In Pro Modified Peter Kunc was the surprise winner over Andreas Arthursson in the final, while in Pro Stock there was maybe an even bigger surprise when Simon Gustafsson defeated reigning champion Bengt Ljungdahl in the final. Continue reading

Anita Mäkelä, Jonny Lagg, David Vegter and Jimmy Ålund number one qualifiers at FHRA Nitro Nationals

There were no changes in the number one qualifying positions on the second day of qualifying for the FHRA Nitro Nationals at Kauhava, thus the leaders after the first two runs on Friday, Anita Mäkelä (Top Fuel), Jonny Lagg (Top Methanol), David Vegter (Pro Modified) and Jimmy Ålund (Pro Stock), will lead their respective categories into Sunday’s eliminations at the third round of the 2019 FIA European Drag Racing Championship. Continue reading

Anita Mäkelä, Jonny Lagg, David Vegter and Jimmy Ålund leaders after the first day of qualifying at Kauhava

Anita Mäkelä raced to the provisional 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 the brand new drag racing facility in Kauhava. With her elapsed time of 3.98 seconds, the reigning FIA European Top Fuel champion also recorded the first 3-second Top Fuel run in the history of Finnish drag racing. In Top Methanol Jonny Lagg is the leader after day one, while David Vegter stormed to a stunning 5.866 seconds in his first run on the new track to take the lead in Pro Modified. In Pro Stock championship leader Jimmy Ålund  claimed the provisional number one qualifying position after two runs. Continue reading