David Vegter in season best ET to semi-finals at EDRS Sweden Nationals
After claiming the runner-up position at The Main Event, David Vegter continued his impressive start of the season with a semi-final finish and best ET of the season at the EDRS Sweden Nationals at Tierp Arena. The Dutchman’s 5.847 seconds was not far from his personal best. The EDRS Sweden Nationals was round one of the Bilsport EDRS Pro Modified Series and Swedish Pro Modified Championship and with almost all of the Scandinavian top teams at present, the race had an extremely competitive line-up.
The EDRS Sweden Nationals replaced the originally planned second round of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship at Tierp Arena. Although not a round for the European Championship, with points to be awarded for the Bilsport EDRS Pro Modified Series and Swedish Championship, the race had a strong line up.
Due to some drizzle in the afternoon, there was only time left for one qualifying run for the Pro Modified category on the Friday. David Vegter and his team opted to go for an aggressive set up, on the limit of what might be possible regarding the track conditions. It was too much, because at the start line the Vegter Pro Mod Racing ’67 Chevrolet Camaro went up in smoke immediately. As a result, the Dutchman was the number twelve qualifier after day one.
On the Saturday the conditions improved dramatically and in his first run of the day Vegter recorded 5.91 seconds, to improve to a great 5.87 seconds on his second run of the day. With this ET Vegter was the number three qualifier, just behind Andreas Arthursson and reigning FIA European champions and European record holder Jan Ericsson. There were no fewer than seven drivers in the 16-car field with qualifying runs in the 5-second zone.
In the first round of eliminations the Vegter Pro Mod Racing driver had to face Jan Brännvall. As the Swedish driver pulled a red light, Vegter automatically advanced to the next round, where Jere Rantaniemi and his fast turbo Camaro were his next opponent. With a great reaction time of 0.01 second, Vegter was away first and recorded a winning 5.847 seconds, the Dutchman’s best ET so far this season and not far from his personal best.
In the semi-finals Vegter had to face Jan Ericsson, the reigning FIA European champion and the driver who prevented Vegter from winning the final at The Main Event. With another great reaction time of 0.02 seconds, Vegter was away first, but then the Camaro headed to the centre line and Vegter had to lift, handing the win to Ericsson, who recorded another great 5.84 seconds. Later that afternoon the Swede also won the final.
With claiming the runner-up position at the opening round of the FIA European Championship and a semi-final finish at Tierp Arena, Vegter Pro Mod Racing have had one of their best starts of the season so far. But maybe even more importantly, the team are happy with the recorded numbers and progress they made.
After a relatively calm period without races, Vegter Pro Mod Racing are facing a few busy and hectic weeks in August and September. From August 12 to 14 Tierp Arena will host round two of the FIA European Championship, two weeks later followed by round three with the NitrOlympX at the HockenheimRing. Another two weeks after the German round of the championship, the team will head to Santa Pod Raceway for the European Finals, round four and the grand finale of the title race.
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