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Crane set for lift off

Owner, rider and builder of Europe’s quickest Funny Bike, Stuart Crane has been busy dealing with a lot of work going through his Warpspeed Racing base for his customers (including other FIM-E teams) as well as working on upgrades to his own setup.

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Five seconds with room for improvement, PBR Rocket team looking forward to 2023

Utterly unique, the PBR Rocket put a major full stop on the end of the 2022 season running a stellar 5.932/230.08 at the UK National Finals to become the fifth FIM-E Top Fuel Bike into the five second bracket and rider Al Smith at number nine on the combined FIM-E Top Fuel/Super Twin Top Fuel Bike quick list. Heading into 2023 and team owner Phil Baimbridge is looking to build on this ticket (“blemishes” on the 5.93 run suggest it could get into the 5.8s).   

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The lights turn green at Santa Pod for a flying start of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship

After eight months of waiting, the engines can finally be fired up again and the thousands of horsepower unleashed. It’s time for the traditional opener of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship, The Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway! Antti Horto (Top Fuel), Sandro Bellio (Top Methanol), Jan Ericsson (Pro Modified) and Jimmy Ålund (Pro Stock) are the reigning champions. Who will be in England to start their title defence, who are the challengers and the favourites? Looking at the event and championship entry lists, one thing seems to be sure, it will be a tough fight with a title race that could go down to the wire.

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Venables goes quick and diversifies

Multi-time Super Street Bike champion and record holder at European and UK level Steve Venables finished off the 2022 FIM-E season with a massive fireball at the final four stage of the Euro Finals eliminator. 2023 has already seen the British rider resetting his personal best ET with a 6.6617/225.90 blast at the UK opening round back in early April. However, Ven won’t be challenging for a third FIM-E SSB crown this season.

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Major investments for Tindra and Tim Christensen heading into the 2023 season

Tindra and Tim Christensen, with their father Kennet and their mother the driving forces behind TC Dragracing, are right now on site at Vårgårda Dragway for the first Summit Racing EDRS Series event. They have been working hard to get all their racing equipment ready for the 2023 season. A brand new engine is on its way for Tim’s Pro Stock Motorcycle and Tindra is busy with the paintjob of the body of the bike. Tindra will again compete in Super Pro ET this season, although there are some updates on the dragster as well.

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Pro Dutch Racing kick off the season with the double at Santa Pod Raceway

There are only a few days left and Pro Dutch Racing will make the first runs of the new season at Santa Pod Raceway. The Doorslammers kicks off the season on May 20 and 21, a week later followed by The Main Event, the opening round of the FIA European Pro Modified Championship. This title fight is the main goal for Michel Tooren and his team Pro Dutch Racing. Last season, the Dutchman had his final breakthrough in this most important drag racing championship in Europe by winning the prestigious NitrOlympX at the HockenheimRing. Thanks to this victory, Tooren finished in fourth place in the final standings of the championship. The preparations for the new season have now been completed and Pro Dutch Racing are going for more victories and an even higher ranking.

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Johnny Oksa, the beast from Finland, comeback part three

Johnny Oksa’s journey in Top Methanol Funny Cars has seen ups and down. He won the FIA European Championship title in 2016 and then took a one year break only to crash at his comeback at Tierp. A year later Oksa was back again, but then the coronavirus caused another break in his career. In 2023 Oksa will be back for the third time, although the Finn has had to postpone his first race of the season to June.

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