A great day with four rounds of sportsman racing at a sunny track.
The 2018 FIA European Drag Racing Championship kicked off with The Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway. What a great season opener it was with four Top Fuelers in the 3.9 seconds, one Pro Modified car in the 5.8 seconds and another four in the 5.9 seconds several times. In Top Methanol and Pro Stock there were great elapsed times as well, plus a surprise winner in Top Fuel and a first time finalist in Pro Stock. It seems like we have a great season ahead of us. The new all concrete Santa Pod Raceway track was of course subject of many discussions and everybody had their own opinion about it. Even the track management openly declared that there were still many improvements to make. But the spectators got three days of drag racing they could only have dreamed of. All qualifying and eliminations results were published on Dragracing Europe during the event, and all details can always be reviewed in the excellent live coverage on Eurodragster.com. In this article we look back at some highlights and other interesting things that happened during The Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway. Continue reading
Stig Neergaard, Michael Gullqvist, Timo Habermann and Stefan Ernryd winners at season-opening The Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway
Stig Neergaard from Denmark raced to victory by defeating Anita Mäkelä in the Top Fuel final at Santa Pod Raceway. Michael Gullqvist from Sweden had to defeat his countryman and multiple FIA European Pro Stock champion Jimmy Ålund to take the win in Pro Modified. The Top Methanol final was an all German Habermann affair as reigning champion Timo Habermann defeated his brother and number one qualifier Dennis Habermann. In Pro Stock last year’s runner up Stefan Ernryd took the win by defeating first time finalist Robin Norén at The Main Event, season-opening race of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship. Continue reading
Saturday leaders Antti Horto, Dennis Habermann, Michael Gullqvist and Bengt Ljungdahl also number one qualifiers after final qualifying for The Main Event
Antti Horto (Top Fuel), Dennis Habermann (Top Methanol), Michael Gullqvist (Pro Modified) and Bengt Ljungdahl (Pro Stock) claimed the number one qualifying positions at The Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway and will lead their respective categories into Monday’s eliminations at the opening round of the 2018 FIA European Drag Racing Championship. These four drivers were also the number one qualifiers after the first day of qualifying at Santa Pod Raceway. Continue reading
Antti Horto, Dennis Habermann, Michael Gullqvist and Bengt Ljungdahl leaders after the first day of qualifying for The Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway
Antti Horto raced to the number one qualifying position in Top Fuel at the first day of qualifying for The Main Event, the first race of the 2018 FIA European Drag Racing Championship. In Pro Modified reigning champion Michael Gullqvist stormed to a stunning 5.86 seconds to take the lead after two qualifying runs. In Pro Stock and Top Methanol Bengt Ljungdahl and Dennis Habermann are the provisional leaders after day one. Continue reading
The Main Event, the lights turn green again for a challenging 2018 FIA European Drag Racing Championship
Only one week to go and the 2018 FIA European Drag Racing Championship 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 where everybody has to start from zero again. And at The Main Event that zero has more than one meaning. All teams can forget their gathered Santa Pod data as they will have to find a new set-up for a brand new state-of-the-art all concrete racetrack! In all four categories the 2017 champions will defend their hard fought titles, but will once again meet tough competition as in all classes last year’s top contenders are back for more. Continue reading
Made in Sweden and winning all over the world, that’s a fact for Auto Verdi connecting rods and oil pumps! But the Swedish high tech company never forgot their origin and will once again be a Speedgroup contingency partner for the 2018 season with the two products they are so famous for. Continue reading
VP Racing Fuels and Speedgroup are proud to announce that they have closed a deal that makes VP Racing Fuels the official racing fuel partner for Speedgroup for the next three years. This deal means a major expansion of the cooperation that started when VP Racing Fuels joined the Speedgroup contingency program in early 2017. “When we met last year we discussed about how we could do something to try and raise the awareness of the VP brand. Becoming the official fuel of Speedgroup is a great opportunity for everyone involved,” said Marc Wesler, VP Racing Fuels’ International Sales Manager. Continue reading
For Duncan Micallef 2017 will be a year to remember forever. He claimed his first FIA European Top Fuel Championship, won three races, was crowned Maltese Sportsman of the Year for the second consecutive time and had numerous prize giving galas to attend with the official FIA Prize Giving ceremony in Versailles, Paris, as a highlight. The Top Fuel champion took some time to think about the future, but decided to come back for a title defence. The Maltese Lion is still hungry and wants to take another trophy back home to the island of sunshine. Continue reading
More good news for the Pro Modified class. Lars Järpler is a former crew member who will be racing his own car in 2018. Lars has been part of Pro Mod racing for a long time, the last couple of seasons in Roger Johansson and Rolf Simonssons teams. In addition, he has been racing in other classes in his earlier career. Now it’s time to go racing with his own Pro Mod car and team in the 2018 Summit Racing EDRS Series.