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Class Review FIA Main Event – Top Fuel Dragster

Anita Mäkelä

Anita Mäkelä rules at Santa Pod FIA Main Event

Game, set and match in Top Fuel for Anita Mäkelä at the Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway, the opening round of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship. From the number one qualifying position Mäkelä reset the European ET record to 3.912 seconds in the first round of eliminations to claim victory with a string of 3-second runs. Although the rest of the Top Fuel field was close together, the Finnish crowd favourite was in a class of her own as she was the only one to run into the 3 seconds and break the 300 mph barrier.  Continue reading

Wins and European records for Anita Mäkelä and Jimmy Alund at Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway

Anita Mäkelä finished off a record-setting weekend at Santa Pod Raceway by claiming a victory over Stig Neergaard in the Top Fuel final. Jimmy Alund was winner in Pro Stock at the Main Event and reset both ends of the European class record. Mats Eriksson (Pro Modified), Leif Andreasson (Top Methanol Funny Car) and Dave Wilson (Top Methanol Dragster) also were winners of the first round of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship.  Continue reading

Michael Gullqvist is the new leader after Sunday qualifying for Main Event at Santa Pod

Anita Mäkelä (Top Fuel), Leif Andreasson (Top Methanol Funny Car), Timo Habermann (Top Methanol Dragster) and Jimmy Alund (Pro Stock) remained at the top of their categories based on their Saturday qualifying performances and will lead their categories into Bank Holiday’s eliminations for the Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway, the first round of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship. In Pro Modified Michael Gullqvist stormed to a stunning 5.882 seconds to take over the number one qualifying position from Saturday leader Mats Eriksson. Continue reading

Anita Mäkelä leader in Top Fuel; European Pro Stock record Jimmy Alund after day one at Santa Pod

Anita Mäkelä is the leader in Top Fuel after the first day of qualifying for the Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway, the first round of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship. Mäkelä recorded a great 3.96 seconds in the second round of qualifying today. In Pro Stock reigning champion Jimmy Alund reset the European record with a stunning 6.527 seconds. Leif Andreasson and Timo Habermann are the leaders in Top Methanol Funny Car and Top Methanol Dragster after day one. In Pro Modified Mats Eriksson was in a class of his own with a great 5.956 seconds and is the provisional leader with two runs to go tomorrow.  Continue reading

Top Fuel Dragster – Main Event Preview

Micke Kågered

A fresh new start for Top Fuel this season. After the European Finals, multiple championship winning team Andersen Racing announced their retirement from the sport, and almost at the same time, their driver Thomas Nataas announced a break for at least one year. Then of course there were the problems with the disqualification of Nataas, weeks after the Euro Finals and a total review of the championship points another few weeks later. Then suddenly Micke Kågered was the 2014 FIA European Top Fuel champion. It was not the way the Swede wanted to win the title, so this season the Bahco driver wants to win his second Top Fuel crown at the track by going rounds and winning races. The professional Kågered team will start their title defence at the Main Event. Without Andersen Racing the title fight is pretty open and it’s hard to mention a number one favorite. Continue reading

Vegter Pro Mod Racing ready to rumble

A lot of work has been done the last few months at Vegter Pro Mod Racing. And as the first testruns made clear, the team did a great job. Good reasons for David Vegter and his team to look forward to next week’s Bank Holiday weekend when the lights turn green for the Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway, the first round of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship.  Continue reading

No Main Event for Pro Dutch Racing

It’s very frustrating as the team did everything in their power, but Pro Dutch Racing has to withdraw from the Main Event as the brand new ’71 Plymouth Barracuda will not be in Europe in time.  After a six weeks delay in the harbor, the Cuda is finally on its way, but now a tropical storm causes an extra four days delay and the car will be in Antwerp, Belgium, May 23, exactly the day the Pro Mods will have their first round of qualifying at Santa Pod.  Continue reading

The light turns green again, a new season starts with The Main Event

Only one week to go and the FIA European Drag Racing Championship 2015 kicks off with The Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway. After a long winter, drivers, teams and fans are looking forward to the start of the new season. New cars, new drivers, new colours and six exiting races to go. Only in Top Methanol Dragster will the title not be defended as Chris Polidano will skip this season, but although not all of them will start their season at Santa Pod, Micke Kågered, Johan Lindberg, Mattias Wulcan and Jimmy Alund will try to win a second consecutive FIA European title. But one thing is for sure, competition will be tough. 
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