FHRA Nitro Nationals – Preview Pro Stock Car
Preview FHRA Nitro Nationals July 2-5th – FIA European Drag Racing Championship round #3
FIA Pro Stock Car
In points lead before Nitro Nationals, Jimmy Ålund who is after his 10th championship title. The capacity from Ålunds car has so far been in a class of its own and European records have been set by Ålund and crew at both championship rounds this season. An impressive ET of 5.498 is the most recent one.
Thomas Lindström, whos is ranked second set a new PB at 6.56 at Tierp Arena. With drivers like Michael Malmgren and Magnus Petersson in the field nothing can be taken for granted. Their proven capacity is in the region of the low 6.6 sec range, which can be enough to win rounds any time.
Finland´s Richard Nixxon Sundblom makes the first championship appearance for the season, while Sampsa Palos was also part of the competition at Tierp Arena Sweden in June. ET: s around 6.70 should be expected from these two and possibly also lower numbers.
A new driver in the class who makes his first FIA Championship appearance at Alastaro is Hannu Kalliomäki from Finland. Swedes Ericsson and Ljungdahl do part of the championship and are entered at Alastaro. Ljungdahl in the ex-Malmgren car is still on a learning curve and we think a new personal best beating the current 8.50 sec will not be farfetched at Alastaro. Jan Ericsson has been running in the 6.70´s before, numbers which can be enough to pass the first round of eliminations at least without doubt.
Youngest in the class Simon Gustafsson, 25, the driver of the Samantha Racing Pro Stock Car is by now established and well accustomed to the class and the car. It will be interesting to see if Simon´s fresh 6.74 sec PB from Tierp can be repeated and beaten again at Alastaro. Tight and fast racing is more or less granted from this class. However every track provides new challenges for all teams and drivers, including champion Ålund.
|FIA Pro Stock Car (10)|
|Jan Ericsson||SWE||Pontiac Grand Am|
|Simon Gustafsson||SWE||Dodge Avenger|
|Hannu Kalliomäki||FIN||Pontiac GXP|
|Thomas Lindström||SWE||Dodge Stratus|
|Bengt Ljungdahl||SWE||Pontiac GTO|
|Sampsa Palos||FIN||Chevrolet Cobalt|
|Magnus Petersson||SWE||GTO 2006|
|Richard Sundblom||FIN||Chevrolet Cobalt|
|Jimmy Ålund||SWE||Chevrolet Camaro|