New body, same goal for Sandro Bellio
Despite a devastating fire at the Summit Racing Equipment Internationals at Tierp Arena, Sandro Bellio claimed his second consecutive FIA European Top Methanol Championship in 2022. The family run Danny’s Racing Team are back with a new Monte Carlo body on the car, but the goal is the same, another European title.
Bellio won his first FIA European Championship title in 2019, which was also the first title for a driver from Belgium in the history of drag racing. After the coronavirus break in 2020 and 2021, the 2022 season started in the same way for Sandro Bellio with a win at The Main Event.
But at Tierp Arena it went wrong. The car caught fire and the damage to the engine, wiring, chassis and body seemed to bring an early end to his season. Defending the title seemed to be far away. But quitting isn’t an option for the Danny’s Racing Team operation. Two weeks later at Hockenheim, Bellio was back, finished in the runner-up position and went on to claim the win and the FIA European Top Methanol Championship title at the European Finals at Santa Pod.
This season, the Bellios are back and want to win a third consecutive FIA European Top Methanol title, although that will not be easy as the competition will be tough. And Bellio will defend his title with a new body on the car and a new design. “We had to replace the body as the old one had too much damage after the fire at Tierp. The new body is once again a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, but the design is totally different. We tried to save as much weight as possible, as we were too heavy last year. The engine combination will be almost the same as we think that we can go much faster and quicker with it then we showed last year,” said Bellio. The Belgian team only have to improve a bit and both sides of the FIA European record can be reset.
Danny’s Racing Team will once again be supported by Dyno Unlimited, the family run company with the unique engine dyno for engines up to 4,000 hp, Danny Cars, the garage and workshop of the Bellios and EVChargeking.
Text: Remco Scheelings