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Spring Nats winners crowned at Gardermoen Raceway

At the same moment the FIA European Drag Racing Championship and FIM E European Drag Bike Championship kicked of their season at Santa Pod, NDRG and Gardermoen Raceway opened their season with the Spring Nats, a round for the Summit Racing EDRS Series. After a long winter all racers, teams and spectators were looking forward to a flying start and they were not disappointed.

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Ida Zetterström, Linn Fløysvik and Jan Ericsson winners at season-opening The Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway

Ida Zetterström raced to victory by defeating Susanne Callin in an all-female Top Fuel final at Santa Pod Raceway. Zetterström, from Åland, Finland, made her race day perfect by resetting both sides of the FIA European record in the semi-final with 3.773 seconds and 321.01 mph. Jan Ericsson, from Sweden, defeated home favourite Bobby Wallace to take the win in Pro Modified. In the Top Methanol final Linn Fløysvik took the win over Silvio Strauch. It was the first win in the FIA European Championship for the female driver from Norway.

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Susanne Callin, Sandro Bellio and Jan Ericsson number one qualifiers at The Main Event

Susanne Callin (Top Fuel), Sandro Bellio (Top Methanol) and Jan Ericsson (Pro Modified) claimed the number one qualifying positions at The Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway and will lead their respective categories into Monday’s eliminations at the opening round of the 2023 FIA European Drag Racing Championship. In front of a massive and enthusiastic crowd Callin also reset the FIA European speed record to 320.20 mph!

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Dennis Nilsson, Sandro Bellio and Mats Eriksson leaders after the first day of qualifying for The Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway

Dennis Nilsson raced to the number one qualifying position in Top Fuel at the first day of qualifying for The Main Event, the first race of the 2023 FIA European Drag Racing Championship. In Pro Modified Mats Eriksson stormed to a great 5.83 seconds to take the lead. In Top Methanol reigning champion Sandro Bellio was once again the quickest with a great 5.53 seconds and is the provisional leader after day one.

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The European Finals and the 2022 season in review

It’s about three weeks since the 2022 FIA European Drag Racing Championship came to an end with The European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway. After a 2-year coronavirus break, finally new champions could be crowned, although three of them, Sandro Bellio, Jan Ericsson and Jimmy Ålund retained their titles as they were the reigning champions from 2019. Only Antti Horto in the Top Fuel category was crowned a new champion. Time for a final review of The European Finals and the 2022 title race.

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Antti Horto, Jan Ericsson, Sandro Bellio and Jimmy Ålund clinch the 2022 FIA European Drag Racing Championship titles at Santa Pod

Antti Horto (Top Fuel), Sandro Bellio (Top Methanol), Jan Ericsson (Pro Modified) and Jimmy Ålund (Pro Stock) claimed the 2022 FIA European Drag Racing Championship titles in their respective category at the European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway. Bellio and Ericsson won their titles in style by claiming the victory in the final round of the 2022 FIA European Drag Racing Championship as well. Horto and Ålund also advanced to the final, but in Top Fuel Susanne Callin claimed the win, while in Pro Stock Michael Malmgren proved his great form of the weekend by defeating the 12-time Pro Stock champion.

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Antti Horto, Sandro Bellio, Jan Ericsson and Michael Malmgren number one qualifiers at European Finals

Antti Horto (Top Fuel), Sandro Bellio (Top Methanol), Jan Ericsson (Pro Modified) and Michael Malmgren (Pro Stock) claimed the number one qualifying positions at the  European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway in England and will lead their respective categories into Sunday’s eliminations at the fourth and final round of the 2022 FIA European Drag Racing Championship.

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