FIA "The Main Event" 2008
Friday 23rd - Monday 26th May
Sunday's & Monday's Racing called off: Despite the best efforts of track crew, racing on Sunday and Monday was also called off due to rain. Please therefore keep hold of your tickets as a credit value has been attributed to them.
Sunday ticket: £32
Monday ticket: £32
Saturday & Sunday ticket: £28
Sunday & Monday ticket: £55
All 4 Days ticket: £45
Grandstand Seats: Full face value for Sunday & Monday
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FIA "The Main Event" 2008 Race Report
Who could or would have predicted a carbon copy of last years Main Event? The prestigious first round of the 2008 FIA & UEM European Drag Racing Championship was once again battered by wind and rain for two of the four days of racing. The many fans who had come from all over Britain as well as the spectators from as far a field as Czechoslovakia to the USA joined the race teams from all over Europe in sheltering from the high winds and lashing rain. Some teams had chosen wisely and come to the test weekend before the event and had managed a couple of runs to aid set-ups and again on the day before the start of the race as only one Sportsman day and one Pro qualifying day were able to be run before the weather turned sour.
Top Fuel Dragster qualifying had seven cars in all with Britain’s Andy Carter leading with the only four of the first session, a 4.891/292. Carter bettered that in the second stanza, a 4.815/305 from the Lucas Oil car just ahead of Denmark’s Stig Neergaard with a 4.893/299 benefiting from ace US Crew Chief Alan Johnson’s fuel set up, with AJ on call for twenty-four hour advise as well as US tuner Donnie Holbrock here on the team. Swiss man, Urs Erbacher fresh back from competing at a number of NHRA events of the winter managed a 4.894/311 recording top speed of the event, placing him third with the help of US tuner Wayne Dupuy. Sweden’s Micke Kågered got down to a 5.017/254 for fourth place with Easter’s snowy Thunderball winner Jari Halinen from Finland managing a 5.129/261 full pass. Norway’s Torstein Risdal carded a 5.4911/192 with Holland’s Lex Joon on a 6.078/186 and bringing up the rear was Sweden’s Håkan Fällström with a troubled 15.479/52 try for seventh.
Top Methanol Dragster was led in the last session by Norway’s Paul Ingar Udtian with his newly painted Q8 Oils machine on a 5.600/255, the car running like clockwork in tests and qualifying. Germany’s Timo Habermann was bumped into second spot with a wheelying 5.617/252 the other German was Peter Schöfer who pushed the ‘Bavarian Thunder’ car to a 5.629/255 just ahead of Britain’s Rob Turner on a 5.654/238. Sweden’s Krister Johansson pushed his A/Fueller to a 5.936/264 that was noted at top speed of the event. Champion Dave Wilson failed to get his new A/Fuel car onto the track.
Top Methanol Funny Car had Sweden’s Leif Andréasson back on form with the Esab backed Dodge Stratus running 5.726/248 almost two tenths ahead of the pack. Denmark’s Dan Larsen was sandwiched between two Swedes with a 5.922/244 as Ulf Leanders’ 6.296/173 made up the top three. In fourth spot was Finland’s Jarmo Kuutniemi with a 6.333/179 then Germany’s Jürgen Nagel on a 6.457/227 pass. The last three of the eight car contingent were Norway’s Arvid Grødem, 7.058/140, Belgium’s Danny Bellio 7.263/144 and Stephanie Milam from England with an 8.106/97.
Pro Stock had FIA Champion Jimmy Ålund lead the way in round one with an ET and speed record setting 6.766/204 from his Klintberg & Way Partners Pontiac GTO but he knows all the other drivers are after his four years worth of crowns and the man from Finland gave notice as Richard ‘Nixxon’ Sundblom put a 6.730/203 on the scoreboards to end up number one qualifier. Magnus Hansson managed a 6.815/201 for third with a 6.856/198 from Adam Flamholc in hot pursuit. Michael Malmgren carded a 6.874/200 for fifth spot with Michael Callin not far behind with a 6.889/199. A 6.926/201 personal best got Jan Palmqvist in at seventh and on bump spot was the 6.944/200 from Jonas Dantanus.
Pro Modified had a whopping twenty-six entries and just gets more and more exciting and entertaining each event. Sweden’s Urban Johansson made his way back from the problems of last year and stayed ahead of the huge pack with a fine 6.226/230.59 that got the European speed record. None of the usual heavy hitters were near the top leaving a way clear for the likes of Norway’s Terje Håkonsen to record a 6.252/225 for second spot. Roger Johansson pushed his nitrous car to a great 6.321/223 for third whilst a returning to the class Freddy Fagerström ran a 6.321/222 in his truck to the cheers from the crowd. In fifth place was the late entry of Britain’s Danny Cockerill on a 6.323/224. Big names such as Swedes, Micke Gullqvist, Mats Eriksson and Britain’s Andy Robinson languished down in ninth, tenth and thirteenth spot respectively. Everyone leapt in the air when Mikael Lindahl put a 5.96 on the boards but it was discovered to be a roll through the start lights and was discounted.
The eliminations started with Marko Lantto versus Micke Gullqvist where Gullqvist got wildly crossed up on the launch on a cold track necessitating a re-prep by the track crew which, in turn led to a decision to rerun the pair in fairness. The rain beat the pairing negating the complete round as it was declared unfinished. Danny Cockerill had a near miss but his driving ability rescued the up on two wheels car bringing it safely back on track during the first round.
Super Twin Bike had seven riders led by the reigning champion, Switzerland’s Lorenz Stäuble with a 6.629/206 ahead of Germany’s Gunther Sohn with a 6.715/192 the pair well in front of the rest of the field. The two Norwegian riders, Svein Olav Rolfstad and Hans Olav Olstad ran 7.007/193 and 7.015/179 respectively. Former Top Fuel star Tommy Möller has done the opposite of US racer Antron Brown going from four onto two wheels, his 7.452/177 got him fifth place. Dutch rider Job Heezen is still getting to grips with the ex Ton Pels machine but managed a 7.522/200 in the bargain leaving Sweden’s Per Bengtsson down in last place with an 8.309/115 try.
Top Fuel Bike the class with a mix of Top Fuel, Funny and Comp Bikes all competing for honours and was led this time by Frenchman Eric Teboul with a 6.293/211 followed by England’s Steve Woollatt on a 6.428/217. Sweden’s Rikard Gustafsson took his Funny Bike to a phenomenal 6.504/201 that turns out to be the fourth quickest in the world to earn him third spot. Steve Carey gave a great account of himself securing fourth place with a 6.671/207 which is his best speed. Neil Midgley clinched the fifth spot with a 6.815/199. Sitting on bump spot was Ivan Birch with his neat new Comp Bike on a 7.511/181.
Pro Stock Bike had the 2007 Champion, Denmark’s Tom Tinndahn lead the way with firstly a 7.300/177 then a 7.264/182, well over a tenth in front of Finland’s Fredrik Fredlund’s 7.386/178. Britain’s Len Paget and Martin Bishop managed third and fourth spot with 7.440/173 and 7.513/175 respectively leaving fellow countryman Richard Gipp to get fifth place on a 7.711/167. Chris Hope managed a 7.935/159 Sweden’s Ulf Ogge a 7.945/175 and on the bubble was Ray Debben with a below par 10.817/95.
Photos by DJ. Report by Roger Gorringe. © May 2008. www.eurodragster.com & www.nitroexposure.co.uk.
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