This weekend taught us the sport is very safe, but however anything can happen. And we can also tell that the racers who were involved in the weekend incidents are, under the circumstances, well.
The event started out with very good weather and the forecast promised that this should continue except for some small showers. That wasn’t really the truth. Saturday ended in rain and heavy wind. And Sunday wasn’t much better. Only FIA classes, EDRS Pro motorcycles and Top Doorslammer had one elimination round before the rain ended the event. The track was very good from start, which made it a bit hard with the settings in first round, except for a certain Old 51 –car. Continue reading
New personal bests in qualifying and an exciting first round of eliminations, that was what everybody expected to see, and got to see, at the state-of-the-art and ultra-fast Tierp Arena dragstrip. But the Saturday rain came back on elimination day, and with the Top Fuelers almost lined-up for the semi-finals, the race director had no other choice then to make an early end to the Tierp Internationals, the second round of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship. As the number one qualifier, first round winner, and again, only driver in the 3 seconds, Anita Mäkelä will go to Alastaro as the leader in the championship. Continue reading
TOP FUEL DRAGSTER: Finland Anita Mäkelä took the lead already after championship round #1 at Santa Pod. At Tierp Anita and team delivered again by taking the no. 1 position after qualifying ET 3.97 sec at a speed of 480 km/h. During round one of eliminations Anita improved further running a 3.92. This lady is sure after the European Champion title!
The Tierp Internationals came to an early halt due to a combination of weather conditions and delays late on Sunday afternoon. Before that there had been numerous of new personal bests set and also a new European record. The traction conditions was extremely good and it was a big but positive challenge for the teams to adjust the cars to make the outmost use of it. The event also included some spectacular incidents..
In Pro Stock Car Jimmy Ålund set a new European record during the qualifications. 6.49 sec. and was still in competition when the event was called off. The other semi finalists was Thomas Lindström, Michael Malmgren and Magnus Petersson. Continue reading
Results posted continuously at www.dragracing.eu
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photos by Lena Perés
BEST APPEARING FIA TEAM
Johan Westberg, Pro Modified and his team was selected as best appearing team at Tierp Arena. Regina Clasén representing the owner family was appointed guest judge and delivered the trophy sponsored by Classic Graphix to team Westberg.
Tierp Internationals 4-7th June 2015 – FIA Classes Preview
Close to 280 teams are entered for Tierp Internationals and they come from 8 countries in Europe. The event is included in the FIA European Drag Racing Championship (cars), EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship, EDRS European Drag Racing Series (cars and motorcycles and including Junior Dragster). In this article Speedgroup provide a brief preveiw for each of the five FIA Championship classes!
Venue: Tierp Arena Sweden Dates: June 4-7th 2015
General Event Preview
FIA European Drag Racing Championship round #2 is hosted by Tierp Arena in Sweden. The venue, which is located an hour north of the capital Stockholm was built in 2011. It is the only purpose built concrete drag racing track in Europe. And like the tag line states, Tierp Arena is a world class facility for the sport of drag racing. The privately owned track got new owners in 2014, but the two founders who made it happen are still highly active operating teams in the FIA Championship; Lars-Erik Lindberg and Leif Andreasson (both are in the methanol funny car class).
Close to 280 teams are entered for Tierp Internationals and they come from 8 countries in Europe.
The event is included in the FIA European Drag Racing Championship (cars), EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship, EDRS European Drag Racing Series (cars and motorcycles and including Junior Dragster). For three of the car classes, Pro Modified, Competition Eliminator and Junior Dragster, this also counts for Swedish drag racing championship Dragracing SM (only applies to Swedish contestants).
Qualifications in the EDRS classes starts on Thursday June 4th while the FIA Championship cars and Nordic championship motorcycles enter the track on Friday June 5th for qualifications, two sessions and further two on Saturday. On Saturday some of the EDRS classes start the eliminations and Sunday June 7th is race day for the championships and EDRS teams still in competition.
Event coverage – useful Links:
– Venue website: www.tierparena.com
– Participants Tierp Internationals 2015
– Schedule Tierp Internationals 2015 general
– Live reports available through the service of Eurodragster.com
– Timing system data published throughout the event at www.dragracing.eu
– Live streaming web-TV coverage Saturday-Sunday, services provided by SMART-TV.
€15 covers two days Signup opens Thursday at www.smartv.se /direct link http://ppv.smarttv.se/
Also, don´t miss to check out the FIA Class Event Preview in a separate article!
Speedgroup´s media crew on site look forward covering the event in co-operation with Tierp Arena, Eurodragster.com and SMART-TV!
Dave Wilson and Dennis Habermann
The Habermanns outstanding, but victory stayed in the UK
Venue: Santa Pod Raceway, UK
Dates: May 22nd-25th 2015
The return to competition of Germany’s Werner Habermann Racing team was among the most exciting news during the pre-season. The family-operated team consists of two almost identical blown Top Methanol Dragsters piloted by brothers Dennis and Timo. At the FIA Main Event the Habermanns gave their competitors a tough time and secured one of the final-round spots after they had raced each other in the semi-final in the quickest and fastest side-by-side TMD match of the entire event. But final victory in championship round #1 stayed in the UK.
Winner of FIA Main Event – Jimmy Ålund, Sweden
Venue: Santa Pod Raceway, UK
Dates: May 22-25th 2015
Ålund re-writes the records
The 2015 Pro Stock championships certainly started with a bang at the opening round in England. On a good track and with near ideal atmospheric conditions, The Pro Stock cars could really show what they were capable of. They did not disappoint! Personal Best laps, European speed and ET records, close racing, mighty burn outs and a great pit atmosphere made for a really happy event. Not even the rain on Sunday morning managed to spoil any of our race event. Jimmy even managed to race with a damaged back, and Thomas worked around some mechanical issues the team discovered on Friday. Altogether, the opening round at the Santa Pod Main Event was brilliant and memorable.