Monthly Archives: August 2019

Maja Udtian, Michael Gullqvist, Sandro Bellio and Robin Norén winners at Tierp Arena

Maja Udtian raced to victory in the Top Fuel final of the Summit Racing Equipment Internationals, round five of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship at Tierp Arena in Sweden. It was the first win for the 21-year-old racer from Norway in her first full season in the championship. Udtian also reset the European elapsed time record in eliminations and defeated reigning champion Anita Mäkelä in an exciting all-female final. In Pro Modified Michael Gullqvist claimed the victory after elimination rounds full of major upsets. In Top Methanol championship leader Sandro Bellio extended his lead with a win. In Pro Stock Robin Norén upset with a win in the final over championship leader and 10-time European Pro Stock champion Jimmy Ålund. Continue reading

Jndia Erbacher, Jan Ericsson, Jonny Lagg and Jimmy Ålund number one qualifiers at Tierp Arena

After a mind-blowing second day of qualifying Jndia Erbacher (Top Fuel), Jan Ericsson (Pro Modified), Jonny Lagg (Top Methanol) and Jimmy Ålund (Pro Stock) claimed the number one qualifying positions at the Summit Racing Equipment Internationals at Tierp Arena and will lead their respective categories into Sunday’s eliminations at the fifth round of the 2019 FIA European Drag Racing Championship. Erbacher claimed her number one qualifying position in a stunning new European record of 3.817 seconds and also reset the European speed record to 513.31 km/h. Continue reading

Anita Mäkelä, Jan Ericsson, Linn Engan Fløysvik and Jimmy Ålund leaders after the first day of qualifying at Tierp Arena

Anita Mäkelä raced to the provisional number one qualifying position in Top Fuel at the first day of qualifying for the Summit Racing Equipment Internationals, round five of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship at Tierp Arena in Sweden. In Top Methanol there is also a female driver the leader after day one, as Linn Engan Fløysvik claimed the provisional number one position. Jan Ericsson stormed to the lead in Pro Modified, while in Pro Stock Jimmy Ålund claimed the provisional number one qualifying position. Continue reading

Anita Mäkelä and Timo Habermann winners, and double gold for Jimmy Ålund at Hockenheim NitrOlympX

Anita Mäkelä raced to victory in the Top Fuel final of the NitrOlympX, round four of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship at the Rico Anthes Quartermile of the Hockenheimring. The reigning FIA European champion defeated Maja Udtian in an all-female final, the second of this season. In Top Methanol Timo Habermann claimed the win after defeating Jürgen Nagel in an all-German final. Most successful driver at Hockenheim was Jimmy Ålund. The reigning FIA European Pro Modified champion was the winner in Pro Modified and Pro Stock as well. In Pro Modified Ålund defeated Jan Ericsson, and in Pro Stock the Swede was too quick for last year’s NitrOlympX winner Robin Norén. Continue reading

Anita Mäkelä, Jonny Lagg, Jan Ericsson and Jimmy Ålund number one qualifiers at NitrOlympX

Anita Mäkelä (Top Fuel), Jonny Lagg (Top Methanol), Jan Ericsson (Pro Modified) and Jimmy Ålund (Pro Stock) claimed the number one qualifying positions at the NitrOlympX at the Rico Anthes Quartermile of the Hockenheimring and will lead their respective categories into Sunday’s eliminations at the fourth round of the 2019 FIA European Drag Racing Championship. Continue reading

Anita Mäkelä, Jonny Lagg and Jimmy Ålund leaders after the first day of qualifying for the NitrOlympX

Anita Mäkelä raced to the provisional 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 Rico Anthes Quartermile of the Hockenheimring. In Top Methanol Jonny Lagg is the leader after day one, while Jimmy Ålund  was quickest in both Pro Modified and Pro Stock as well. Continue reading

FIA European Drag Racing Championship resumes in high gear with Hockenheim and Tierp

The 2019 FIA European Drag Racing Championship is at the halfway point of the season and after the summer break part two kicks off in high gear with in back-to-back weekends the NitrOlympX at Hockenheim in Germany and the Summit Racing Equipment Internationals at Tierp Arena in Sweden. For the drivers and teams not only a tight schedule, but in seven days the positions of the current leaders Anita Mäkelä (Top Fuel), Sandro Bellio (Top Methanol), Jimmy Ålund (Pro Stock) and Jan Ericsson (Pro Modified) can change dramatically. Will they be able to strengthen their positions in Germany and Sweden, or will the fight become even closer? Continue reading

Björn Mårtensson

All of us at Speedgroup were shocked and greatly saddened to hear of the sudden death of Swedish Top Fuel driver Björn Mårtensson, who died August 6th after suffering a heart attack.

Björn ‘Nitrobear’ Mårtensson was the driving force behind Nitrobear Racing and took part in several FIA European Top Fuel Championship races over the last few seasons. Less than two weeks ago Björn made some runs at Mantorp Park, to be well prepared for next weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment Internationals at Tierp Arena. We had no idea that these runs were his final runs. Björn will be sorely missed by all of us in European drag racing. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends, and his Nitrobear Racing team members, and we hope they will find the strength to overcome this terrible loss.

Rest in Peace Björn

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