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Anita Mäkelä, Roger Johansson, Sandro Bellio and Bengt Ljungdahl leaders after the first day of qualifying for the European Finals

Anita Mäkelä raced to the provisional number one qualifying position in Top Fuel at the first day of qualifying for the European Finals, the sixth and final round of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship at Santa Pod Raceway in England. With her qualifying run Mäkelä also clinched the 2018 FIA Top Fuel title. In Top Methanol Sandro Bellio is the leader after day one, while Roger Johansson stormed to a stunning 5.794 second Santa Pod track record to take the lead in Pro Modified. In Pro Stock Bengt Ljungdahl claimed the provisional number one qualifying position. Continue reading

Santa Pod Raceway ready for FIA European Championship grand finale

Barely recovered from the record setting fifth round of the title race in Sweden, the 2018 FIA European Drag Racing Championship goes down to the wire with the European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway. In three categories at least two drivers can still claim the title, so the sixth and final race of the season is one to look forward to. In Top Fuel Anita Mäkelä extended her lead over Antti Horto with a win at Tierp Arena. In Pro Stock Bengt Ljungdahl is the leader, but Stefan Ernryd is in striking distance. Jimmy Ålund is the 2018 FIA European Pro Modified champion after the Swede ousted Michael Gullqvist from the first position with a runner-up finish at Tierp and the 2017 champion decided to withdraw his entry from the Euro Finals. In Top Methanol Timo and Dennis Habermann are separated by only 15 points and so the title race might be decided in the final run of the year. Continue reading

Anita Mäkelä, Andreas Arthursson, Dennis Habermann and Jimmy Ålund winners at record setting Tierp event

Anita Mäkelä and Antti Horto

Anita Mäkelä 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. The Finnish racer extended her lead in the championship and reset the European Top Fuel elapsed time record to 3.877 seconds. In Pro Modified Andreas Arthursson claimed the victory and reset his one day old European record in the final to 5.751 seconds. In Top Methanol Dennis Habermann defeated Sandro Bellio to take his second win of the season. In Pro Stock Jimmy Ålund was the winner as the 10-time champion defeated Thomas Lindström in the final. Continue reading

Anita Mäkelä, Andreas Arthursson, Sandro Bellio and Bengt Ljungdahl number one qualifiers at Tierp Arena

After a mind-blowing second day of qualifying Anita Mäkelä (Top Fuel), Andreas Arthursson (Pro Modified), Sandro Bellio (Top Methanol) and Bengt Ljungdahl (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 2018 FIA European Drag Racing Championship. Continue reading

Anita Mäkelä, Andreas Arthursson, Sandro Bellio 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 Sandro Bellio is the leader after day one, while Andreas Arthursson stormed to a stunning 5.83 seconds to take the lead in Pro Modified. In Pro Stock Jimmy Ålund claimed the provisional number one qualifying position. Continue reading

NitrOlympX gold for Liam Jones, Timo Habermann, Michael Gullqvist and Robin Norén

Liam Jones 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. It was the first FIA Top Fuel win for the British Rune Fjeld Motorsport driver. In Pro Stock Robin Norén was the surprise winner and for the young driver from Sweden is was also his first victory in an FIA race. In Top Methanol Timo Habermann defeated his brother Dennis in the final to take his third win of the season. In Pro Modified Michael Gullqvist was the winner as the reigning champion defeated Jan Ericsson in the final. Continue reading

Liam Jones, Timo Habermann, Jimmy Ålund and Michael Malmgren number one qualifiers at NitrOlympX

Liam Jones (Top Fuel), Timo Habermann (Top Methanol), Jimmy Ålund (Pro Modified) and Michael Malmgren (Pro Stock) claimed the number one qualifying positions at the NitrOlympX at the Hockenheimring Rico Anthes Quartermile and will lead their respective categories into Sunday’s eliminations at the fourth round of the 2018 FIA European Drag Racing Championship. Continue reading

Liam Jones, Timo Habermann, Michael Gullqvist and Bengt Ljungdahl leaders after the first day of qualifying for the NitrOlympX

 

Liam Jones 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 Hockenheimring, Germany. In Top Methanol home favourite Timo Habermann is the leader after day one, while Michael Gullqvist was quickest in Pro Modified. In Pro Stock Bengt Ljungdahl claimed the provisional number one qualifying position. Continue reading

FIA European Drag Racing Championship part two kicks off in high gear with Hockenheim and Tierp

The 2018 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 standings in the FIA European Championship can change dramatically. Anita Mäkelä (Top Fuel), Timo Habermann (Top Methanol), Stefan Ernryd (Pro Stock) and Jimmy Ålund (Pro Modified) are the leaders in their respective categories, but as past performance is no guarantee of future success, everything is still possible before Europe’s most prestigious drag racing championship heads to its grand finale early September at Santa Pod. Continue reading

The final goodbye to Moottoriurheilukeskus Alastaro

The 2018 FHRA Nitro Nationals at Alastaro was a historic one and not only because it was the last FIA European Drag Racing Championship race at this special place. With Jimmy Ålund winning Pro Modified and Pro Stock, it was also the first time in the history of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship that a driver won two categories in one event. Timo Lehtimäki upset the favourites in Top Fuel to take the win, while Timo Habermann extended the 2018 winning Habermann streak with a victory in Top Methanol. All qualifying and eliminations results were published on the Dragracingeurope.eu and FHRA websites during the event. In this article we look back at the highlights and other interesting things that happened during the final goodbye tour at Alastaro Circuit. Continue reading