Class Review FIA Main Event – Top Methanol Funny Car

Leif Andreasson photo by Remco Scheelings

Venue: Santa Pod Raceway, UK
Dates: May 22nd-25th 2015

Andreasson in championship lead leaving Santa Pod

The Top Methanol Funny Car class has struggled for contestants in recent years and did so again at this season’s opening event. While reigning champion Johan Lindberg has chosen to join the championship for round #2 at Tierp, the runner-up in the 2014 championship, Leif Andreasson  from Sweden, was on site and in good form.  He was accompanied by the only female driver in the class, UK-based Stephanie Milam, and veteran Jürgen Nagel from Germany. Unfortunately the fourth entered driver, Danny Bellio from Belgium, had to cancel after having more or less wrecked the engine during a test run just days before the event.

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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

Class review FIA Main Event – Pro Modified

Class Review FIA Main Event – Pro Modified

Venue: Santa Pod Raceway, UK
Dates: May 22-25th 2015

Mats Eriksson winner at Santa Pod

A couple of PB´s and consistently good runs for the winner says that the FIA/FIM Main Event was a fantastic weekend for the racers. Right now the Pro Modified teams are back home, updating their cars for the race weekend in Tierp in just a week, after a great start in UK. Continue reading

Best appearing team award presented by Classic Graphix

Swedish Pro Stock driver Magnus Petersson and his team was selected as Best appearing FIA team at Santa Pod Raceway during the FIA Main Event May 22-25th.

The award is presented by US based supplier Classic Graphix to one FIA championship team at each of the six events included in the 2015 race calendar. Speedgroup handle the Best appearing team program and asked the crew Andy Rogers and Simon Groves to be in charge of the (not so easy) decision.

Magnus and crew are indeed worthy winners and the photo speaks for itself.

photo by Lena Perés


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

Follow the action at Santa Pod on web TV!

Dave Wilson – FIA Top Methanol Dragster

– free to view Live Web Broadcast from the Main Event

The free broadcast featuring multi camera coverage will commence on Sunday 24th May 2015 and follow the qualifying and eliminations all the way through to the finals on Monday 25th May live.

On friday (sportsman classes qualifications) and Saturday which is the first day of qualifications a single webcam broadcast is available to watch at this page:

Top Methanol Funny Car – Main Event Preview

Leif Andreasson

It looked like there would only be three Top Methanol Funny Cars at the opening round at Santa Pod, but a late entry from Leif Andreasson from Sweden was a welcome addition. Last years runner up in the championship plans to go the full FIA tour of six event. Andreasson expresses that he has a lot of respect for the Lindberg Bros and what they have achieved in the US and Europe.  Leif stresses that first over the finish line is what will count. And it will be no easy game for any of the competitors.. Continue reading

Top Methanol Dragster – Main Event Preview

Timo and Dennis Habermann

Werner Habermann Racing is back for an almost full tour and wants to win a championship. Brothers Timo and Dennis Habermann plan to run five of the six FIA Championship races. “We will not go to the Tierp race in August. We will run the same cars, with the same crew and the same sponsors, but we can always use some more. We want to win the championship and are looking to run in the 5.1 seconds”, Timo says. Continue reading