Euro Finals Santa Pod 2016

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57 Bel Air Pro Mod of Thomas Stiefel

Sunday 11th of September 2016.

Eliminations day for the FIA FIM Euro Finals at Santa Pod Raceway, with several champions to be crowned racing was going to be close and exciting, and so it proved. Stand out performer in Top Fuel was Malta’s Duncan Micallef with two 3 second 300mph passes but unfortunately engine damage prevented him from making the final.  Unlike in the States where the top teams have a seemingly endless supply of parts, in Europe budgets are much tighter.  A great win in Top Fuel Bike for Filippos Papafilippou of Greece after last year’s horror show when he ended up on the wheelie bars of Steve Woollatt!

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Steve Woollatt launches The Dealer Top Fuel Bike (image from 2016 National Finals)

Shame to see so few Top Methanol Dragsters and Funny Cars nowadays.  These used to be great classes and it is one area where the Europeans can more than match our American friends, witness the outstanding success of Jonnie Lindberg in winning back to back NHRA titles in TM/FC and setting records on the way!

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Jens Eklund from Sweden entertained with wild smokey burnouts in his Audi A5 and won Comp Eliminator

Winners on the day.  Micke Kagered – Top Fuel.   Dennis Haberman – Top Methanol Dragster.   Micke Gullqvist – Pro Mod.   Bengt Ljungdahl – Pro Stock.

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Jimmy Alund in his Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro runner up on the day but finished as champion

2016 champions.   Top Fuel – Anita Makela.   Top Methanol Dragster – Jonny Lagg.   Pro Mod – Micke Gullqvist.   Pro Stock – Jimmy Alund.   Top Fuel Bike – Ian King.

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53 Chevy Corvette Pro Mod of Germany’s Marco Maurischat
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Fireforce 5 jet dragster piloted by Martin Hill has reached 300mph
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