Antti Horto, Tony Bryntesson, Andreas Arthursson and Jimmy Ålund winners at SpeedEvents Internationals

Antti Horto raced to victory by defeating Duncan Micallef in the Top Fuel final for the SpeedEvents Internationals at Tierp Arena, round two of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship. In Top Methanol Tony Bryntesson won a quick and close final over Jonny Lagg, while Andreas Arthursson and Jimmy Ålund claimed the win in Pro Modified and Pro Stock. With three winners from Sweden, the race was very successful for the organizing Scandinavian country.

It was a great day of racing at Tierp Arena during the eliminations of the SpeedEvents Internationals, round two of the 2024 FIA European Drag Racing Championship. Sunshine, great temperatures and close racing in all four categories of the championship made it to an excellent day for the spectators, who will definitely come back in August when Tierp Arena is host to round three of the FIA European Championship as well.

In Top Fuel number one qualifier Duncan Micallef stormed to a stunning 3.797 seconds in the semi-finals to advance to the final. In the other semi-final Antti Horto defeated Susanne Callin with 4.01 seconds over 4.39 seconds for the local hero from Sweden.

Thus the final was a match between a driver from Malta and Finland. In the final Horto stormed to a winning 4.03 seconds as Micallef suffered traction problems half-track.

In Pro Modified number one qualifier David Vegter impressed once again. The Vegter Pro Mod Racing driver from the Netherland defeated Jan Bränvall in 5.83 seconds, Fredrik Fagerström in 5.88 seconds and his closest rival in the title race Jere Rantaniemi in an even better 5.81 seconds.

There was a major upset in round one when title favourite and number two qualifier Andres Arnover pulled a red light and was defeated by Micke Johansson.

In the final Vegter had to face Andreas Arthursson. The number three qualifier from Sweden was too quick for Olof Andersson, Michel Tooren and Marcus Perman. Arthursson impressed as well with a string of 5.86-second runs, proving his consistency.

And that consistency paid off in the final. The driver from Sweden improved to a winning 5.85 seconds as Vegter had some technical issues and slowed down to 6.04 seconds.

In Top Methanol there was a major upset in round one when number one qualifier Sandro Bellio suffered severe tyreshake at the start line and was defeated by Jonny Lagg. After four aborted runs in qualifying, the Swede had finally solved his traction problems and stormed to a great and winning 5.31 seconds.

In the other semi-final Tony Bryntesson suffered traction problems as well, but his 9.8 seconds was enough to defeat Ari Pietilä. Thus in Top Methanol an all Swedish and all A-Fuel Team Sweden final.

And what a final it was. Bryntesson stunned with a great 5.23 seconds to claim the win over an also impressive Lagg, who recorded 5.36 seconds.

In Pro Stock Jimmy Ålund carried on from where he left off in qualifying. After defeating Stefan Ernryd in round one with 6.55 seconds, another 6.55 seconds was more than enough to defeat Simon Ekengren in the semi-final, who pulled a red light.

In the final Ålund had to face Michael Malmgren. The reigning FIA European Pro Stock champion defeated Lasse Britsmar in round one with 6.68 seconds, to improve to an even better 6.63 seconds to beat Robin Norén in a very close semi-final.

The final was decided immediately after the start as Malmgren suffered severe traction problem. In the other lane Ålund stormed to a great 6.53 seconds to claim another win in his extremely successful Pro Stock career.

The FIA European Drag Racing Championship continues in August at Tierp Arena, Sweden.

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/

Text and photos: Remco Scheelings

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