Swedish drivers on top after day one of qualifying for the SpeedEvents Internationals at Tierp Arena

Susanne Callin is in the provisional number one qualifying position in Top Fuel at the first day of qualifying for the SpeedEvents Internationals, round two of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship at Tierp Arena in Sweden. In Top Methanol Tony Bryntesson is the provisional leader, while in Pro Modified and Pro Stock Andreas Arthursson and Jimmy Ålund claimed the provisional number one qualifying position after two runs. With four drivers from Sweden leading their respective categories, the home crowd has plenty to cheer for on day two.

It was a difficult day for the tuners and crew chiefs to sort out the right set-up for the Tierp Arena track and the weather conditions on the first day of qualifying for the SpeedEvents Internationals. It’s almost certain that the elapsed times will drop dramatically on day two and as a result, the qualifying order will change dramatically as well. It will definitely be a very interesting Saturday at Tierp Arena, a day worth visiting to see the fastest and quickest cars in Europe.

In Top Fuel Susanne Callin, from Sweden, recorded the quickest elapsed time with 5.46 seconds, a number she will definitely beat on day two.

Antti Horto, from Finland, is the number two qualifier, with Duncan Micallef, from Malta, in third position. All three drivers had traction problems and with a full pass on Saturday, they will improve their ETs dramatically.

In Top Methanol Tony Bryntesson is the leader with a great 5.37 seconds. The driver from Sweden recorded this ET on his first and only run of the day.

Sandro Bellio is in the number two position. Jonny Lagg suffered severe traction problems at the start line on both runs and is the number three qualifier after day one.

In Pro Modified Andreas Arthursson is the leader with 5.93 seconds. The driver from Sweden recorded this ET on his second run of the day.

Åke Persson, also from Sweden, recorded 5.94 seconds on his first run of the day and was the provisional leader after the first qualifying session.

Jere Rantaniemi, from Finland, improved on his second run of the day to 6.00 seconds and is in the number three position after two runs.

Marcus Perman surprised with a great 6.06 seconds to claim the provisional number four position, with David Vegter fifth. With many cars struggling, it’s certain that almost all drivers will improve their ETs on day two of qualifying.

In Pro Stock it was once again Jimmy Ålund who was in a class of his own and claimed the provisional number one position with a great 6.58 seconds.

Christian Sagelv surprised with a great 6.67 seconds and is in second position after two runs. Simon Ekengren made big steps on his second run and is the number three qualifier, with Robin Norén in fourth position.

Qualifying for the SpeedEvents Internationals, round two of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship, continues on the Saturday.

Text and photos: Remco Scheelings

For all qualifying results: https://www.dragracing.eu/results.asp

For photos of the SpeedEvents Internationals see the gallery on:
https://www.dragracingeurope.eu/fiaedc/round-2-tierp-arena-june-13-16/
The gallery will be updated later today.

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