Jndia Erbacher, Jan Ericsson, Jonny Lagg and Jimmy Ålund number one qualifiers at Tierp Arena
After a mind-blowing second day of qualifying Jndia Erbacher (Top Fuel), Jan Ericsson (Pro Modified), Jonny Lagg (Top Methanol) and Jimmy Ålund (Pro Stock) claimed the number one qualifying positions at the Summit Racing Equipment Internationals at Tierp Arena and will lead their respective categories into Sunday’s eliminations at the fifth round of the 2019 FIA European Drag Racing Championship. Erbacher claimed her number one qualifying position in a stunning new European record of 3.817 seconds and also reset the European speed record to 513.31 km/h.
Perfect track conditions made the second day of qualifying of the Summit Racing Equipment Internationals at Tierp Arena one to remember, as there were numerous improvements and personal bests in all categories of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship. In Top Fuel two European records were reset and many 3-second runs were recorded, while in Pro Modified no fewer than nine drivers qualified with an elapsed time in the 5-second zone.
In her first run of the day Jndia Erbacher, Friday’s number three qualifier, stormed to a stunning 3.817 seconds at 513.31 km/h to reset the European elapsed time and speed record and claim the number one qualifying position.
Championship leader Anita Mäkelä improved to 3.82 seconds, but couldn’t match Erbacher’s time and dropped into the number two position. Liam Jones impressed as well with a great 3.86 seconds to finish qualifying in third position.
Maja Udtian improved to 3.92 seconds and was the fourth driver to break into the 3-second zone, but the number two in the championship remained fourth in the qualifying order. Stig Neergaard, Friday’s number two qualifier, dropped into the fifth position, with Tethys sixth, Mikael Kågered seventh and Timo Lehtimäki eighth.
In Pro Modified Jan Ericsson remained the number one qualifier, but the championship leader had to record a much quicker elapsed time to claim that position. The Swede stormed to a stunning new personal best of 5.805 seconds.
Michael Gullqvist improved to 5.81 seconds to remain in second position. Jimmy Ålund, yesterday’s number 18, improved to 5.83 seconds to jump into the number three position, while David Vegter, yesterday’s number 17, improved to 5.846 seconds to claim the number four position.
Andreas Arthursson finished qualifying in fifth position with an almost identical time as Vegter. Jere Rantaniemi, Mats Eriksson, Roger Johansson (yesterday’s number three qualifier) and Kim Kristiansen also recorded an 5.9-second elapsed time and claimed the numbers six up to nine qualifying positions. With all elapsed times so close together, eliminations will be exciting.
In Top Methanol Jonny Lagg impressed with a great 5.31 seconds to jump into the lead. Sandro Bellio improved as well and claimed the number two position.
Linn Engan Fløysvik, Firday’s leader, improved as well, but still dropped two positions and finished qualifying in third position. Daniel Jedborn is fourth, with Johnny Oksa fifth.
There were also many improvements in Pro Stock. Jimmy Ålund stormed to a stunning 6.48 seconds and remained the number one qualifier.
Bengt Ljungdahl, yesterday’s number two, improved as well, recorded a great 6.55 seconds and finished qualifying in second position.
Thomas Lindström surprised, and with 6.58 seconds the former champion was the next driver with a run in the 6.5 seconds. In his last run Stefan Ernryd improved to 6.59 seconds to jump into the number four position, with Michael Malmgren fifth and Sampsa Palos sixth. Robin Norén, yesterday’s number three qualifier, couldn’t improve on his earlier performance and dropped into seventh position.
Eliminations for the Summit Racing Equipment Internationals will start Sunday morning.
Qualifying results: http://www.dragracing.eu/results.asp
For live reports and detailed results see eurodragster.com: http://www.eurodragster.com/live/2019summitracingequipmentinternationals/default.asp