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

The board and everybody involved in Speedgroup

Stefan Ernryd with Dicopay in pink

With immediate effect Dicopay is the main sponsor of Stefan Ernryd’s Dodge Dart. And the new design can’t be missed as the familiar purple Pro Stocker is now striking pink. It’s great to see Dicopay back in drag racing as the company was also the main partner for Ernryd in 2017. Continue reading

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

Inaugural FIA European Drag Racing Championship race at Kauhava

After two excellent races at Santa Pod Raceway and Tierp Arena, it’s already time for race number three of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship, the FHRA Nitro Nationals at the brand new racetrack in Kauhava, Finland. In Top Fuel Anita Mäkelä won the first two races of the season, while Jimmy Ålund took both victories in Pro Stock, and so these two drivers have a reasonable margin to the numbers two in their respective categories. Jonny Lagg and Jan Ericsson travel to Finland as the leaders in Top Methanol and Pro Modified, but in these two categories the pursuers are not far behind. Continue reading

VP Racing Fuels at Kauhava

Message from contingency partner VP Racing Fuels

Specialty Engineering / VP Racing Fuels Finland will supply VP fuels to the Kauhava FIA race on July 5-7th. Please place your order at race(at)speceng.fi latest by July 2nd. Motorsport 109 and C85 fuels are available in 5 gallon pails and 15 gallon drums, M1 and M5 methanol in 5 gallon pails. Handy plastic 5 gallon VP fuel jugs for easy refuelling are also available. Please be sure to show the VP decals on your car/bike to be eligible for the contingency pay-outs, decals available at our ‘little fuel shop’ at track. See you at Kauhava !

Simo Patoharju,

SCE Engineering Oy, Jokisuuntie 3, FIN-00560 Helsinki, Finland

tel +358-440-705 835, www.speceng.fi