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RESULTS 2009

Hockenheim Ring, Germany
FIA European Championship round #4 august 15-17th

For more detailed report, please turn to Eurodragster´s comments at;
http://www.eurodragster.com/live/2009nitrolympx/reports/sunday.asp
QUARTER-FINALS time/speed (time in seconds and speed in km/h)

1 Stig Neergard 5.52/287
8 Janne Ahonen 5.52/356 SEMI-FINALS
time/speed
Janne Ahonen 5.27/367

4 R. Poutiainen 4.95/472 Risto Poutiainen 5.21/363

5 Urs Erbacher 6.14/258 FINAL
time/speed
Risto Poutiainen broke

WINNER!
Andy Carter 8.27/151
2 Andy Carter 4.89/476
7 Timo Lehtimäki 6.79/198
Andy Carter 4.98/450
Micke Kågered 6.74/209*
3 Micke Kågered 5.04/384 *blower belt off for Micke
6 Lex Joon 6.34/281

Final Qualification standings after 4 sessions
saturday august 16th;

1. Stig Neergard Denmark 4.85/471
2. Andy Carter England 4.86/469
3. Micke Kågered Sweden 4.91/422
4. Risto Poutiainen 5.01/442
5. Urs Erbacher Schweiz 5.04/451
6. Lex Joon England 5.07/448
7. Timo Lehtimäki 5.14/339
8. Janne Ahonen 5.16/470

**did not qualify: **
9. Anita Mäkelä 5.17/404
10. Jari Halinen 5.51/424

Mantorp Park, Sweden
FIA European Championship round #3 july 24-26th

ELIMINATIONS 8-CAR FIELD TOP FUEL DRAGSTER july 26th
1000-foot distance
QUARTER-FINALS time/speed (time in seconds and speed in km/h)

1 Risto Poutiainen 4.08/454
8 Micke Kågered 4.27/415 SEMI-FINALS
time/speed
Risto Poutiainen 4.21/427
Urs Erbacher 4.28/402
4 Stig Nergaard redlight

5 Urs Erbacher 4.13/455 FINAL
time/speed
Risto Poutiainen
Andy Carter
2 Andy Carter 4.12/421
7 Anita Mäkelä 4.22/376
Andy Carter 4.14/423
Lex Joon 4.20/404
3 Linda Thun broke
6 Lex Joon 4.18/411

Final Qualification standings saturday july 25th;

1. Risto Poutiainen 4.05/447
2. Andy Carter 4.10/460
3. Linda Thun Thönseth 4.12/443
4. Stig Neergard 4.12/458
5. Urs Erbacher 4.13/449
6. Lex Joon 4.14/441
7. Anita Mäkelä 4.24/435
8. Micke Kågered 4.35/385

QUALIFICATION RESULTS
Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km

Friday july 24th Saturday july 25th
Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Mikael Kågered Sweden 7.06/141 4.35/385 4.67/304 did not run
Alex Joon England 4.14/441 4.15/446 4.30/409 4.58/322
Urs Erbacher Schweiz 4.22/443 4.15/441 4.13/449 did not run
Andy Carter England 4.34/356 4.20/411 4.10/460 4.13/425
Stig Nergaard Denmark 4.17/434 did not run 5.65/195 4.12/458
Jari Halinen 4.53/294 4.42/353 6.43/145 4.54/385
Anita Mäkelä 22.12/65 6.27/156 4.24/435 4.33/356
Tommy Rostgard Denmark 4.49/351 4.37/351 did not run did not run
Risto Poutiainen 4.26/427 did not run broke 4.05/447
Linda Thun Tönseth Norway 4.40/336 did not run 6.41/147 4.12/443
Timo Lehtimäki 4.63/339 5.09/261 5.11/224 broke

Alastaro Raceway, Finland
FIA European Championship round #2 july 3-5th

ELIMINATIONS 8-CAR FIELD TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
1000-foot distance
QUARTER-FINALS time/speed (time in seconds and speed in mph)

1 Andy Carter 4.15/414
8 Lenthimäki 6.15/169 SEMI-FINALS
time/speed
Andy Carter 4.21/442
Risto Poutiainen 4.32/401
4 Micke Kågered 4.21/423

5 Risto Poutiainen 4.23/459
(won on reaction time) FINAL
time/speed

WINNER!
Andy Carter 4.12/475
Stig Nergaard 4.10/459
2 Anita Mäkelä 5.93/173
7 Janne Ahonen red-light
Anita Mäkelä 6.10/166
Stig Nergaard 4.27/427
3 Stig Nergaard 4.18/418
6 Jari Halinen 4.69/311

QUALIFICATION RESULTS
Top Fuel Dragster
Elapsed time seconds
1000 foot distance

After 2 sessions Position
Mikael Kågered Sweden 4.46/336 4
Timo Lehtimäki 4.80/332 8
Jari Halinen 4.51/396 6
Andy Carter England 4.12 1
Stig Nergaard Denmark 4.26/404 3
Janne Ahonen 4.86/287 7
Anita Mäkelä 4.16/428 2
Risto Poutiainen 4.48/316 5

Santa Pod Raceway, England The Main Event
FIA European Championship round #1 May 23-25

ELIMINATIONS 8-CAR FIELD TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
QUARTER-FINALS time/speed (time in seconds and speed in mph)

1 Lex Joon 7.29/123
8 Jon Webster broke SEMI-FINALS
time/speed
Lex Joon 5.19/254
Andy Carter 4.80/307
4 Andy Carter 5.01/248

5 Linda Thun 5.83/178 FINAL
time/speed
Andy Carter 4.90/293
WINNER
Stig Nergaard 7.87/100
2 Risto Poutiainen 4.86/282
7 Anita Mäkelä 5.10/178
R. Poutiainen 5.69/174
Stig Nergaard 5.07/269
3 Micke Kågered 6.38/179
6 Stig Nergaard 5.19/204

QUALIFICATION RESULTS
Top Fuel Dragster
Elapsed time seconds

After 3 sessions Position
Mikael Kågered Sweden 4.89 3
Alex Joon England 4.833 1
Linda Thun 5.32 5
Andy Carter England 4.91 4
Stig Nergaard Denmark 5.59 6
Jon Webster England 6.51 8
Anita Mäkelä 5.77 7
Risto Poutiainen 4.839 2

Santa Pod Raceway, England The European Finals
FIA European Championship round #5 September 5-7th

ELIMINATIONS 8-CAR FIELD TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 7th

QUARTER-FINALS time/speed (time in seconds and speed in mph)

1 Andy Carter 4.74/317
8 Risto Poutiainen 6.48/137 SEMI-FINALS
time/speed
Andy Carter 5.05/237
T.Haapanen 17.80/67
4 T.Haapanen 5.07/299

Final cancelled due to rain
5 Jari Halinen 7.07/113 FINAL
time/speed
Andy Carter
Lex Joon
2 Lex Joon 4.93/300
7 Stig Nergaard 7.95/94
Lex Joon 4.91/293
Micke Kågered 7.89/97
3 Micke Kågered 5.68/217
6 Urs Erbacher 6.11/190

Comments: After only one qualification run it was time for eliminations. None of the team did have a fair chance to tune in the cars after the track conditions, and they were tricky as rain had been puring down more or less non-stop for three days. Micke´s runs towards Urs Erbacher was not the greatest win we have seen, both drivers on and off the throttle struggling with tire shake and traction problems. First over the finish lines is what counts and that was Micke. Still in a 3rd place in the championship, now with Andy Carter in 1st place and Lex Joon in 2nd. In the run against Joon the bolts for the pulley that holds the blower belt snapped and the car stopped pulling half track. This meant Micke stayed in the 3rd place of the points standings while the batle for the championship title was still open between Joon and Carter. Rain sunday evening over the area (again!), meant the organisers had to give up on trying to dry the track and the top fuel final was by that cancelled. It means Carter, having qualified no#1 and set a low elapsed time of the event, is the 2008 Top Fuel Dragster Champion. Lex Joon, who was in a 5 point lead before the race needed to win the final to be champion. We imagine he is not too happy with the outcome of the weekend, as probably Carter would not have been if the complete event had been called off (we really thought that was going to be the case due to the heavy raining).

QUALIFICATION RESULTS
Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km

Sunday sept 7th
Session
#1
Mikael Kågered Sweden 6.04 all other qualification runs cancelled due to rain!
Alex Joon England 5.00
Urs Erbacher Schweiz 10.50
Andy Carter England 4.90
Stig Nergaard Denmark 14.61
Jari Halinen 10.35
Tommi Haapanen 6.35
Risto Poutiainen 18.37

One qualification run sunday morning was all that could be run. The rained poured down friday and saturday, which meant no running on track was possible.

Hockenheim Ring, Germany Nitro Olympics
FIA European Championship round #4 August 15-17th

Micke talking with Lex Joon at the line up area, minutes before they went out on track side by side for the first qualification run

To read Eurodragsters coverage of all FIA classes today, please click HERE

ELIMINATIONS 8-CAR FIELD TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
SUNDAY AUGUST 17th

QUARTER-FINALS time/speed
scheduled at 10.45 (time in seconds and speed in km)

1 Lex Joon 4.77/500

scheduled at 1.50 pm

8 Jari Halinen 5.43/325 SEMI-FINALS
time/speed
Lex Joon 4.90/472
T. Haapanen 4.90/?
4 Andy Carter 5.06/370

scheduled at 4.50 pm
5 T. Haapanen 4.98/420 FINAL
time/speed
Lex Joon 6.25/?

WINNER!
Micke Kågered 4.91/478
2 Urs Erbacher 8.83/141
7 Risto Poutiainen 4.83/498
R. Poutiainen no show
Micke Kågered 16.59/126
3 Micke Kågered 4.80/492
6 Stig Neergard 5.08/319

QUALIFICATION RESULTS
Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km

Friday august 15th Saturday august 16th
Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Mikael Kågered Sweden 5.41/314 cancelled 4.865/463 10.95/132
Alex Joon England 4.98/405 due to rain 13.61/106 4.82/455
Urs Erbacher Schweiz 5.04/453 4.83/495 4.90/474
Andy Carter England 4.867/505 5.58/283 4.90/394
Stig Nergaard Denmark 5.39/277 5.00/394 5.10/400
Jari Halinen 5.23/364 7.88/163 6.02/281
Tommi Haapanen 11.40/117 4.88/497 did not run
Janne Ahonen 5.58/264 did not run did not run
Risto Poutiainen 6.29/225 5.10/396 did not run

Final qualification standing after 3 runs:
1. Lex Joon 4.82 sec.
2. Urs Erbacher 4.83
3. Micke Kågered 4.865
4. Andy Carter 4.867
5. Tommi Haapanen 4.88
6. Stig Neergard 5.00
7. Risto Poutiainen 5.10
8. Jari Halinen 5.32

Alternate: Janne Ahonen 5.58

Comments Saturday: Session #4 As we suspected before this run this last run turned out interestingly. One team improved, while the rest struggled with lost traction or engine failures. In Mickes case the car drifted to the right directly after the launch, towards the center line and Micke shut off, cruised down the track rather than risk anything. He knew before the run he would stay 3rd quickest (or improve), as only Urs Erbacher remained to run after Micke. Haapanen was to run with Urs, but made it to the start area after Urs had already made the burnout (Haapanen was in for a change of engine to this run, and sadly did not make it in time) The only one in the field who did improve and did it in grand style was Lex Joon, who by running 4.82 seconds took the prestigious no#1 position. Before this event Andy Carter was in the lead of the FIA cmahionship (209 points) before Urs and Lex (both 166 points) and Micke in the 4th spot with 143 points. Interesting to see how all that has changed by tomorrow evening.

Session #3 Micke´s quickest run in a long, long time put him in the number 2 position after the first run saturday, thousands of a second quicker than Any Carter and with Urs Erbacher now in the lead with 4.83 seconds. A fast and tight field and we expect all teams for the last try will not only try to repeat but run quicker. it may work or it may mean lost traction, so the next session will definately be an interesting one to watch. Still waiting to get the car back in the pits, but the run looked nice and clean so hopefully there is not too much damage to the engine. Micke shut off somewhat early whick meanst the speed dropped some (463 km).

Comments friday Session #1 Carter in the lead after the first and only qualification run friday. Micke currently 6th with a time of 5.41 seconds, where the car smoked the tires after half track. Although not entirely happy with the time, Micke could tell after the run it was felt hugely different, the way the car acted than before. “We have found a clutch related fault that we have been running with for two seasons without knowing it. We found that out after the race at Mantorp and have changed some things since then. So we had to step back and take some guesses with the tune up for this run, as nothing we have done in a long time is reliable information anymore because of this clutch fault”, says Micke. So we lost some traction on the last part of the track, but I am happy anyway for the time being, to be in the field this far among the 8 quickest and we hope to improve performance into the 4´s tomorrow during the teo remaining qualification runs”, Micke concludes. The service of the car is ongoing at the time, seemingly with no damage to the engine.

Mantorp Park, Sweden VEIDEC Festival
FIA European Championship round #3 July 25-27th

ELIMINATION LADDER TOP FUEL DRAGSTER 8-CAR FIELD July 27th
over 990 foot (301.75 meter)

Low Elapsed time of the event: 4.04 Andy Carter
Top Speed of the event: 472 km Andy Carter

QUARTER-FINALS time/speed (time in seconds and speed in km)
1 Andy Carter 4.04/472
8 Micke Kågered 17.36/145 SEMI-FINALS
time/speed
Andy Carter 4.13/441
Jöran Persåker 4.81/242
4 Jöran Persåker 4.21/440
5 Stig Neergard 4.29/413 FINAL
time/speed

WINNER!
Andy Carter 4.27/411
Urs Erbacher 7.04/163
2 Lex Joon 4.31/433
7 Urs Erbacher 4.21/449
Urs Erbacher 4.26/425
Jari Halinen 4.47/409
3 Tomi Haapanen 4.19/452
6 Jari Halinen 4.62/447

Final qualification positions after 4 runs:

1. Andy Carter 4.05 sec.
2. Lex Joon 4.11 sec.
3. Tommi Haapanen 4.14 sec
4. Jöran Persåker 4.18 sec
5. Stig Nergaard 4.267 sec.
6. Jari Halinen 4.268 sec.
7. Urs Erbacher 4.272 sec.
8. Micke Kågered 4.279 sec.
______________________
outside the elimination ladder;
9. Timo Lehtimäki 4.34 sec.
10. Risto Poutiainen 4.35 sec.
11. Monica Öberg 4.46 sec
12. Håkan Fällström 5.10 sec.
13. Torstein Risdal 5.45 sec

Alastaro Raceway, Finland Nitro Nationals
FIA European Championship round #2 July 4-6th

ELIMINATION LADDER TOP FUEL DRAGSTER 8-CAR FIELD July 6th

Low Elapsed time of the event: 4.76 Andy Carter
Top Speed of the event: 497 km Andy Carter

QUARTER-FINALS time/speed (time in seconds and speed in km)
1 Andy Carter 4.79/465
8 Jöran Persåker 5.20/376 SEMI-FINALS
time/speed
Andy Carter 8.81/170
Micke Kågered 6.32/219
4 Micke Kågered 5.25/322
5 Jari Halinen 9.37/144 FINAL
time/speed
Micke Kågered 6.54/212

WINNER!
Lex Joon 5.00/452
2 Urs Erbacher 5.29//433
7 T.Haapanen 11.64/91
Urs Erbacher 6.29/239
Lex Joon 5.19/333
3 Lex Joon 5.02/377
6 Janne Ahonen broke

Final qualification positions after 4 runs:

1. Andy Carter 4.76 sec.
2. Urs Erbacher 4.84 sec.
3. Lex Joon 4.89 sec.
4. Micke Kågered 5.05 sec
5. Jari Halinen 5.18 sec.
6. Janne Ahonen 5.31 sec.
7. Tommi Haapanen 5.46 sec
8. Jöran Persåker 5.52 sec
______________________
outside the elimination ladder;
9. Torstein Risdal 5.60 sec.
10. Stig Nergaard 5.89 sec.
11. Håkan Fällström 14.23 sec.

QUALIFICATION RESULTS
Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km

Friday july 4th Saturday july 5th
Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Mikael Kågered Sweden broke 6.00/251 9.59/117 5.05/432
Alex Joon England 4.94/463 7.46/158 4.89/491 did not run
Urs Erbacher Schweiz 5.34/419 4.91/479 5.86/254 4.84/489
Andy Carter England 4.76/497 10.24/128 11.02/116 6.67/237
Stig Nergaard Denmark broke 6.08/249 5.89/259 did not run
Håkan Fällström Sweden 19.18/82 15.52/65 broke 14.23/?
Jari Halinen 5.18/425 5.39/315 8.80/142 broke
Torstein Risdal Norway 5.83/267 5.60/322 6.16/234 broke
Jöran Persåker Sweden did not run broke 5.52/300 smoked the tires time?
Tommi Haapanen broke broke 5.46/293 red light/no time
Janne Ahonen 5.31/376 broke 5.93/265 5.52/325

outside competition:
Timo Lehtimäki license runs with a best ET of 4.89 seconds

Santa Pod Raceway, England The Main Event
FIA European Championship round #1 May 24-26th

ELIMINATION LADDER TOP FUEL DRAGSTER 8-CAR FIELD May 26th

All the eliminations were cancelled due to rain. For more details, please visit www.eurodragster.com

QUARTER-FINALS
1 Andy Carter
8 Håkan Fällström SEMI-FINALS

4 Micke Kågered
5 Jari Halinen FINAL

2 Stig Nergaard
7 Lex Joon

3 Urs Erbacher
6 Torstein Risdal

QUALIFICATION RESULTS
Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed mph
Saturday May 24th Sunday May 25th
Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Mikael Kågered Sweden 6.99/122 5.01/254 #4
Alex Joon England 6.21/173 6.07/186 #7
Urs Erbacher Schweiz 7.73/98 4.894/311 #3
Andy Carter England 4.89/292 4.81/305 #1
Stig Nergaard Denmark 5.11/? 4.893/299 #2
Håkan Fällström Sweden broke 15.47/52 #8
Jari Halinen 5.12/261 no show #5
Torstein Risdal Norway 5.69/170 5.49/192 #6

Team Kågered comments saturday: Micke Kågered 4th quickest after the first day of qualifications. No full pass for Micke yet, still getting to know “his new car”. It actually acts so different compared to last season, that is almost like a different one. The engine working like a clock, the mechanics team so well syncronised. During the last run we lost some boost and have changed the blower for tomorrow´s continued qualifications.

Overall a pretty quick top fuel field, where there is still more to come from several of the teams we are sure.

European Finals
Santa Pod Raceway, England september 7-9th

ELIMINATION LADDER TOP FUEL DRAGSTER 8-CAR FIELD
sunday sept 9th

QUARTER-FINALS
1 Andy Carter 7.36/100
8 Stig Nergaard 7.09/180 SEMI-FINALS
Stig Nergaard 13.26/61
T. Haapanen broke
4 T. Haapanen 4.89/302
5 Jöran Persåker 5.24/254 FINAL
Stig Nergaard 4.89/?

WINNER!
Urs Erbacher 4.81/291
2 Urs Erbacher 4.94/274
7 Mikael Kågered broke
Urs Erbacher 5.61/233
Thomas Nathås 5.92/?
3 Thomas Nathås 4.84/304
6 Lex Joon 4.89/312

Unbelievable elimination day at Santa Pod where number #1 Joon and #2 Carter in the championship standings went out already in the quarter finals. That is top fuel racing in a nut shell.. Erbacher advanced from #4 in the point standings and by the win at Santa Pod also took the European championship title in top fuel dragster. Micke out already in the quarter finals, the car malfunctioning big time. A struggle from the first to the last run for Micke this weekend and he was of course not happy with what him and the team achieved. We will post his comments on the season on our return to Sweden.

QUALIFICATION RESULTS
Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed mph
Friday Saturday
Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Mikael Kågered Sweden 6.40/133 15? 6.88/125 5.39/223
Jöran Persåker Sweden 5.17/247 4.96/281 6.32/134 did not run
Urs Erbacher Schweiz 5.82/§78 did not run 4.84/304 4.76/300
Janne Ahonen 8.36/91 5.67/196 10.46/70 5.56/197
Stig Nergaard Denmark broke did not run 5.50/224 5.61/234
Andy Carter England 4.70/270 5.71/156 6.96/113 4.64/296
Tommi Haapanen 7.71/92 did not run 4.83/298 10.02/80
Thomas Nathås Norway 8.45/86 4.78/311 did not run 10.25/?
Alex Joon England 10.45/81 10.08/90 11.38/89 4.99/251

Team Kågered has been trying out a lot of new parts during the qualifications. One broken fuel line and a lot of spinning the tires resulted in Micke ending as number 7 in the 8 car field. Micke comments; “I am not pleased, but we as we decided before this race, we have been trying a lot of new stuff which results in a combination we don´t know much about to start with”. He continues “.. new blower, new heads, new type of tires new clutch.. It did not turn out too well and we are happy to be in the elimination field at all. After the qualifications we are pretty much trying to go back to where we were at Mantorp when the car ran well. As we are up against Urs in the quarter finals, we need to go real quick or have a bit of luck to beat him. We are prepared to take on the task, in top fuel racing anything can happen. Our congrats to team Andy Carter to the new European ET record and we are also impressed with Tommi Haapanen´s performance, his car being really consistent and quick at Mantorp and a 4.83 today place him in the 4th spot up against Persåker (who also did well). Lex Joon had seemingly nerve of steels, struggling with clutch problems and outside the ladder until the last session, a 6th place will put him against Thomas Nathås. The championship title is a matter between Joon and Carter, where Carter in short needs to go two more runs than Joon to win.

For continous live reporting during the event, please visit www.eurodragster.com!

VEIDEC Festival
Mantorp Park, Sweden, july 27-29th

ELIMINATION LADDER TOP FUEL DRAGSTER 8-CAR FIELD
sunday july 29th

QUARTER-FINALS
1 Andy Carter 4.74/496
8 Jöran Persåker 5.05/423 SEMI-FINALS
Andy Carter broke
T. Nathås 11.75/111
4 Mikael Kågered 6.24/224
5 Thomas Nathås 4.91/488 FINAL
T. Nathås 12.02/127

WINNER!
Lex Joon 4.95/411
2 Urs Erbacher 17.56/41
7 Tommi Haapanen 4.89/473
T. Haapanen 4.89/476
Lex Joon 4.79/453
3 Lex Joon 5.69/288
6 Janne Ahonen 5.18/403

COMMENTS – Quarter finals: Micke Kågered was out already in the first round of eliminations when the blower belt snapped at half track. Same thing happened for Urs Erbacher just minutes later, but this time right after the start.

Semi-finals: Andy Carter, who qualified as number one and set a new european time raecord during qualifications, experienced engine problems during the semi finals and opponent Thomas Nathås got the sign he was running alone and took it easy.

Final: Nathås tyres blazed at 100 feet, the car mad a hard move to the right and Nathås was off the throttle. Joon´s blower belt came off at 1100 feet, but his win with a 4.95 sec was a clear one. Having in mind Joon was not qualified at all until the last session saturday, things could not have turned out much better.

Qualification results after three runs:

1. Andy Carter (GB) 4.73 sec/492 km
2. Urs Erbacher (CH) 4.80 sec/505 km
3. Lex Joon (NL) 4.81 sec/452 km
4. Mikael Kågered (S) 4.83 sec/467 km
5. Thomas Nathås 4.86 sec/501 km
6. Janne Ahonen (SF) 4.88 sec/443 km
7. Tommi Haapanen (SF) 4.88 sec/476 km
8. Jöran Persåker (S) 5.07 sec/461 km

FHRA Nitro Nationals
Alastaro Raceway, Finland, july 6-8th

ELIMINATION LADDER TOP FUEL DRAGSTER 8-CAR FIELD
sunday july 8th

Semifinals and final cancelled due to rain!
QUARTER-FINALS
1 Urs Erbacher 4.82/502
8 Siv Nystad 12.12/114 SEMI-FINALS
Urs Erbacher
Andy Carter
4 Andy Carter 4.93/489
5 Mikael Kågered 5.13/438 FINAL

2 Lex Joon 5.04/454
7 Jöran Persåker 5.37/361
Lex Joon
Janne Ahonen
3 Thomas Nathås 5.69/288
6 Janne Ahonen 5.18/403

NOTES ELIMINATIONS:
Quarter finals
Kågered´s “safe” setup worked out as planned, but did not do the job to beat Andy Carter. Nystad seemingly lost traction, Erbacher´s 4.82 is a new track record, very impressive! Joon took a comfortable win over Persåker as Ahonen did over Nathås. Two cars in the 4´s in the quarter finals, rare for Alastaro but the FHRA crew have done brilliant work with the track to dry it after all rain. Running the jet dryers seem to have improved the traction as well.

Team Kågered crew just before a run friday

QUALIFICATION RESULTS
Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed mph
Friday Saturday
Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Mikael Kågered Sweden 21.51/41
5.49/294
blower belt 5.49/313 5.20/422
Jöran Persåker Sweden 7.62/186 7.11/199 5.53/? 5.28/404
Urs Erbacher Schweiz 6.22/244 did not run 5.05/467 did not run
Janne Ahonen 5.36/409 5.33/390 ?/202 5.27/424
Sin Nystad Norway 6.95/185 did not run 6.73/199 5.57/333
Andy Carter England 6.49/194 ?/143 5.29/469 5.17/469
Tommi Haapanen 10.01/127 ?/67
blower belt 5.84/420 5.89/334
Thomas Nathås Norway 5.16/414 6.84/198 7.43/169 did not run
Alex Joon England 5.50/337 ?/218 12.43/110 5.13/394

Comments friday; Team Kågered did get to work hard between round 1 and 2 as we were in for an engine change (we kicked a rod). Second time out at the track the blower belt came off after 300 meters. The run up to that point was looking real good. Micke currently qualified 3rd after Thomas Nathås (5.16) and Janne Ahonen (5.33). Ahonen so far most consistent with two decent runs today. Weather forcast for saturday includes possible rain showers, but three runs are scheduled at approximately 11 am, 3 pm and 6 pm.

Comments friday; The day started witg rain which cleared the area by lunchtime and the rest of the day was really sunny and hot. Last session was the most interesting one as it turned around the order as the pairs were running. Micke improved performance although dropping one cylinder and his elapsed time of 5.20 sec put him in the 5th spot. Quickest in the field Urs Erbacher with 5.05 seconds.

FIA Main Event
Santa Pod Raceway, England, may 26-28th

ELIMINATION LADDER TOP FUEL DRAGSTER 8-CAR FIELD
monday may 28th

All eliminations were unfortunately cancelled due to rain!

QUARTER-FINALS
1 Lex Joon
8 Tommi Haapanen SEMI-FINALS

4 Urs Erbacher
5 Jöran Persåker FINAL

WINNER!

2 Thomas Nathås
7 Stig Nergaard

3 Andy Carter
6 Micke Kågered

QUALIFICATION RESULTS
Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed mph
Saturday Sunday
Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Mikael Kågered Sweden 6.62/126 8.86/92 cancelled due to rain
Jöran Persåker Sweden 14.38/76 5.69/209
Urs Erbacher Schweiz 10.28/81 5.57/172
Janne Ahonen broke no time shown
Stig Nergaard Denmark no time shown 7.25/108
Andy Carter England no time shown 5.06/314
Tommi Haapanen no time shown 8.64/86
Thomas Nathås Norway 7.65/97 4.88/310
Alex Joon England 9.77/82 4.84/277

Sundays sessions were completely cancelled due to rain which means the above elimination ladder is based on the ranking after two runs instead of four.

Comments saturday: First round out was shaky as so often in top fuel. A majority of the cars experienced tire shakes or did not make full passes for other reasons. In Mickes case the power was shut off half track as a bolt to the crank shaft broke and casued the ignition system to fail. That meant an engine change which was completed just minutes before the deadline for round two, where the modest time for Micke was due to tire spinning (lost traction) mid track. Obviously we are not happy with what we achieved today, the car is excellent from the startline and first part of the track. Hopefully we will get a clean run next run that will better indicate the potential of the car.

Joon and Nathås currently the leaders of the bunch. Carters fine 5.06 was not a clean run and indicates there is more to expect from his team tomorrow. Weather forecast not good for sunday, so we may be in for delays or interruptions in the time schedule. If eager to follow the latest news please visit www.eurodragster.com – they report live from the control tower.

Results 2005

FIA EUROPEAN FINALS
Santa Pod Raceway, England, september 8-10

Micke Kågered left and track view from Santa Pod photo by Remco Scheelings

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER sunday september 10th
QUARTER-FINALS
1 Urs Erbacher 4.91/244
8 Stig Nergaard 6.19/145 SEMI-FINALS
Urs Erbacher 4.795/304
BYE RUN
4 T. Haapanen 7.17/108(alternate for Smith)
5 Tommy Möller 7.66/102 FINAL

WINNER!
Urs Erbacher 4.79/312

Håkan Nilsson 5.19/214
2 Håkan Nilsson 4.86/296
7 Thomas Nathås 7.27/109
Håkan Nilsson 5.01/267
Lex Joon 5.28/?
3 Lex Joon 5.11/244
6 Mikael Kågered 5.94/142

Final: Nice side by side final, where Erbacher as it seemed had a slight lead when Nilsson´s blower belt came off and put him behind. The 4.79 ET set twice by Urs this weekend is also a new european record. Congratulations to team Erbacher for winning the event and to the new european champion Håkan Nilsson.

Semi Finals: Bye run for Urs Erbacher as Haapanen damaged the car too badly in the quarter finals to come to start again. The new european champion Håkan Nilsson continued to show his teams potential, although seemingly dropping cylinders the car ran 5.01 seconds. Although it was a tight race the win for Nilsson was clear. It will be a battle between the two gigants of this event- Nilsson and Erbacher in the final.

Quarter Finals: Tommi Haapanen got to take Smax Smith´s place in the eliminations as team Mc Donals/Smax Smith could not get hand on all parts needed to repair the car after damaging it during the qualifications. The race between Möller and Haapanen was spectacular to sy the least, Haapanen´s engine on fire while Möller´s blower belt came off. First over the finish line was Haapanen with 7.17 sec and he moves on to the semi final. One hour later after cleaning up after Haapanen´s damage, the championship title was at stake in the quarter final between Nilsson and Nathås. It must have been nerve wrecking for the drivers as they stayed in the car during the entire clean up. And it was team Håkan Nilsson, who by continuing to run consistent and quick took the win and the championship title, leaving Nathås in a 2nd or 3rd spot, depending on how Lex Joon´s continued day goes. Joon, who was the european champion in 2005, was up against Micke Kågered. Micke was slightly behind when at 300 meters the engine just shut off
QUALIFICATION RESULTS
Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed mph Friday Saturday
Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Mikael Kågered Sweden 9.40/88 6.36/144 9.61/89 5.041/275
Håkan Nilsson Sweden 15.07/56 9.92/71 4.80/290 4.83/296
Urs Erbacher Schweiz 4.96/288 did not run did not run 4.74/318
Tommy Möller Sweden 5.08/261 22.30/66 4.99/264 did not run
Håkan Fällström Sweden 17.40/55 6.73/131 did not run did not run
Thomas Nathås Norway 10.02/79 10.78/77 8.22/93 5.047/228
Alex Joon England 6.60/119 7.40/108 5.46/181 4.81/271
Stig Nergaard Denmark broke 13.58/47 did not run 5.68/199
Tommi Haapanen did not run 9.65/81 6.86/126 5.72/210
Smax Smith England 4.97/296 did not run 5.50/195 did not run

Comments Qualifications saturday: A different story performancewise today in top fuel dragster, as we expected. The last session changed things around quite a bit and when Micke waited in line for his turn to run, he had just been put outside the ladder as both Nergaard and Nathås passed his time. However things turned out as we hoped for and the car was setup to run a 5.0 sec and it did. That puts Micke inside the elimination ladder in a 6th position and leaves Tommi Haapanen and Håkan Fällström outside of it. Great performance by Erbacher, Nilsson and Joon. Erbacher´s 4.74, not backed up yet, but as Håkan Nilsson backed up his 4.80 that is what we gather currently the new european ET record (can change tomorrow..) We have placed the elimination ladder above. Some teams seemingly are running out of parts, but we hope to see all top 8 teams with the things in good order at the starting line tomorrow. IF any of the cars fail to it to start in the quarter finals, the alternates may get a chance to step in.

Comments Qualifications friday: Many teams tried to run real quick today and overpowering was the general trend to say the least. Even the crews that normally get the hang of the track real quick failed to do so today. The two exemptions, Erbacher and Smith managed the track real well this morning and chose not to run the last session.
For team Kågered it was tire shakes also that contributed to the modest elapsed times.

The “bump spot”, (meaning the 8th qualification spot and the last to go into the elminination ladder) was 5.19 at Mantorp after completed qualifications. After one day we are only down to 9.92 as 8th quickest, but no doubt saturday will bring some great quick side by side runs in top fuel dragster.

FIA – EXPORAMA DRAG CHALLENGE
Gardermoen Raceway, Norway, august 4-6

At the starting area before a run

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER sunday august 6th

QUARTER-FINALS
1 H.Nilsson 4.83/483
8 Urs Erbacher 4.74/514 SEMI-FINALS
H.Nilsson 5.02/433
Lex Joon 4.84/467
4 Lex Joon 4.76/473
5 H.Fällström 6.85/33 FINAL

WINNER
Lex Joon 4.94/?

T.Nathås 6.15/?
2 T.Nathås 4.97/483
7 R.Hersland 5.77/338
T.Nathås 6.51/211
Siv Nystad broke
3 M.Kågered 5.23/367
6 Siv Nystad 4.96/496

alternate #9 qualifier: Tommy Möller (S)

COMMENTS ELIMINATIONS: A kicked rod for Micke in the quarter final and he was out of competition. Nilssontaken out in the semifinal by Erbacher, who had a really bad qualification but apparantly sorted everything out in time for the eliminations. Joon, who also struggled through the qualifications was the winner in all senses as Gardermoen, performed great all through the eliminations and finally won the event in a final, where Thomas Nathås car lost traction. Håkan Nilsson performed well up to the semifinal, where his car too lost traction and he was taken out by winner Lex Joon.

QUALIFICATION RESULTS
Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km Friday Saturday
Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Mikael Kågered Sweden 5.93/266 5.39/327 4.96/470 5.05/480
Håkan Nilsson Sweden 5.03/486 4.92/? 4.98/? 4.86/489
Urs Erbacher Schweiz 7.81/157 did not run broke 6.89/35
Tommy Möller Sweden did not run 10.54/172 8.83/147 broke
Håkan Fällström Sweden 5.10/447 did not run 5.05/221 did not run
Thomas Nathås Norway did not run 5.01/479 4.94/496 ?
Rene Hersland did not run 10.13/17 6.86/198 did not run
Alex Joon England 5.88/257 5.38/? 6.69/183 4.98/470
Siv Nystad Norway did not run did not run 6.74/204 5.48/310

COMMENTS QUALIFICATIONS: Some teams have been in bif trouble during the qualifications, suffering from different kind of failures and damaged parts. Newcomer Siv Nystad, Norway, made her first appearance on track (and last observation run) saturday driving one of Rune Fjeld´s cars. Siv qualified number 6 in her first ever competition in top fuel dragster, leaving Möller unexpectedly outside the ladder. Nilsson continues to perform well, Lex Joon “back on track” running 4.98 during the last session. Both Micke´s runs saturday looked good and the 4.96 sec. run put him in the third position in the elimination ladder. So it is Kågered vs Nystad, Nilsson vs Erbacher, Joon against Fällströn and Nathås vs Hersland. Anyone of the teams has the potential of outrunning anybody else and nothing, absolutely nothing can be taken for granted in this class this season.

FIA – VEIDEC Festival
Mantorp Park, Sweden, july 28-30th

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER sunday july 30th
QUARTER-FINALS
1 M. Kågered 4.91/485
8 H. Nilsson 4.86/473 SEMI-FINALS
H. Nilsson 4.93/480
T. Nathås 6.28/235
4 H. Fällström 10.55/107
5 T. Nathås 5.13/486 FINAL

WINNER!
H. Nilsson 4.91/483

Urs Erbacher ?
2 T. Möller 5.13/420
7 T. Haapanen 5.11/450
T. Haapanen 10.22/136
Urs Erbacher 5.68/351
3 Urs Erbacher 5.11/374
6 Lex Joon 5.19/399

Alternates (qualifiers #9-13): Jöran Persåker, Monica Öberg, Andy Carter, Stig Nergaard

July 31th: Micke Kågered had a great weekend at Mantorp Park, Sweden up until the point where he ran a 4.91 in the quarter finals and was outrun by Håkan Nilsson. “A shame it had to be already in the quarter finals I met Håkan”, said Micke. “That great side by side run would have made a perfect final”. Håkan Nilsson qualified number 8 but got control of the traction problems just in time for the eliminations.
Team Kågered for the first time this year had a car that worked brilliantly. Qualified as number one with a 4.94 second run and improved it in the quarter finals by running a 4.91 run against Nilssons 4.86. The side by side race between the two of them were the quickest in top fuel in Europe this season.

“With all great people backing me up at my home track I am of course disappointed we did not make it all the way to the final, but I can´t really say we could have done something in a different way to change the scenario”, says Micke and continues “we now finally have a car that runs well and react to changes in the way we want, so now I really look forward to next weekends race in Norway!”

Micke made it into the elimination field in methanol funny car too, but was outrun by event winner Jörgen Johnsson in the quarter finals. Micke thought it was great fun to pilot the funny car again for the first time in three years. Niclas Andersson, who piloted the car for Micke last season, followed all Micke´s races with the funny car closely and said it felt kind of strange not to be in the car. Niclas pilots a ProMod car this season, but was also taken out in the quarter finals at Mantorp.

QUALIFICATION RESULTS
Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km
(the numbers indicate position after qualifications finished) Friday Saturday
Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
1. Mikael Kågered Sweden 7.27/105 5.05/434 4.94/410 8.67/157
Halfpass
8. Håkan Nilsson Sweden 5.66/404 5.19/444 5.37/338 6.46/220
3. Urs Erbacher Schweiz 5.06/446 did not run 5.03/469 5.38/?
2. Tommy Möller Sweden 5.00/423 did not run 5.02/467 6.84/204
12. Stig Nergaard Denmark did not run 7.60/127 5.90/276 15.07/48
10. Monica Öberg Sweden 8.15/160 8.19/156 7.79/170 5.35/413
11. Andy Carter England 9.10/148 6.02/13 5.75/271 7.13/185
4. Håkan Fällström Sweden 5.32/419 6.12/229 5.01/467 did not run
5. Thomas Nathås Norway did not run 5.31/17 5.09/476 5.08/477
6. Alex Joon England ?/126 5.09/447 ? 5.43/323
7. Tommi Haapanen 5.85/255 did not run 10.91/132 5.17/443
9. Jöran Persåker Sweden did not run did not run 9.90/116 5.24/421
13. Rene Hersland Denmark did not run ? 6.32/235 6.52/367

FIA – FHRA Nitro Nationals
Alastaro Raceway, Finland, june 30-july 2nd

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER sunday july 2nd
QUARTER-FINALS
1 H. Fällstrom 5.25/404
(disqualified)
8 Lex Joon 5.34/368 SEMI-FINALS
Lex Joon 6.15/242
T.Nathås 5.41/417
4 Thomas Nathås 5.24/467
5 Micke Kågered 6.45/225 FINAL

WINNER!
T. Nathås 5.48/400

H. Nilsson 5.54/317
2 Andy Carter 5.29/426
7 H. Nilsson 5.13/459
H. Nilsson 5.19/464
Urs Erbacher 5.34/348
3 Urs Erbacher 5.41/309
6 Tommy Möller 9.08/133

Comments eliminations: Micke was taken out already in the quarter finals by Thomas Nathås. Micke had the hang passing half track, then got traction problems and had to pedal the car and fell behind. Håkan Fällström, who has been doing real well so far was protested against and finally disqualified for an excess downforce angle to his rear wing. Joon passed through to the semi-finals instead and was there outrun by Nathås, Joons blower belt came snapped and he fell behind. On the other side of the ladder Möller and Carter went out in the quarterfinals, while Nilsson and Erbacher made it to the semis. Close race where Erbacher broke the engine while running a “good for the circumstances” 5.34. In the final Håkan Nilssons car lost traction and he could not catch up to Nathås, who showed steady performance all the way through the eliminations. A worthy winner of the event at Alastaro. Nilsson had the low ET of the event with 5.13 seconds while Nathås had the highest speed with 467 km. Not bad!
Micke was of course disappointed to loose the quarter finals, but says that “beside that he feels confident that the problems with a broken engine for every run is sorted out and the car is responding perfectly to the way it is setup”. He continues; “we overestimated the traction slightly in the quarter finals- it was perfect to half track the car lost traction, I had to pedal it and fell behind..” Team Kågered have checked and prepared the car almost race ready and now look forward to the next FIA European Championship event at Mantorp Park the last weekend in july. Mantorp is Micke´s home track and has been kind of a favourite for him the last couple of seasons.

QUALIFICATION RESULTS
Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km Friday Saturday
Only one completed session Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Mikael Kågered Sweden broke 17.55/? 5.59/340 9.22/?
Håkan Nilsson Sweden 5.73/287 9.45/117 5.96/251 5.73/266
Urs Erbacher Schweiz broke 6.91/186 5.43/400 did not run
Tommy Möller Sweden broke 5.63/301 did not run did not run
Tommi Haapanen 10.92/146 8.51/153 8.39/326 did not run
Andy Carter England 8.70/158 8.46/152 5.40/434 did not run
Håkan Fällström Sweden 10.11/117 broke 6.30/326 5.20/441
Thomas Nathås Norway 7.13/190 7.88/152 5.40/432 did not run
Alex Joon England 9.46/135 9.79/129 6.30/326 8.10/?
Janne Ahonen observation license run — 7.01/187 did not run

Comments saturday: Scattered performance today and the general tendency was overpowering of the track. Team Kågered started yesterday bad with a broken engine. After an engine change and a real soft setup to prevent lost traction Micke did eventually run 5.59 during the 3rd session. The last session Micke did a launch and shut off early according to plan- crew chief Alan Jackson and co tuner Göran Emil Edman wanted some computer readings from the run and they were pleased with what they got. Micke is up against Thomas Nathås in the quarter finals.

Comments friday: The second session in top fuel dragster for the day was not completed before the deadline at 8 p.m. As not all cars had the chance to run the session was not counted. Initial struggle for some teams, damaging parts and as always with the traction early in the qualifications. Best so far Tommy Möller and Håkan Nilsson, who are the only ones in the 5´s. The blower belt came off Mickes car during his only try today which resulted in an elapsed time that is nothing to write home about.. A full day of qualifications await saturday and we think we will see a lot of changes in the above list before the day is over.

FIA Main Event
Santa Pod Raceway, England, may 27-29th

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
QUARTER-FINALS
1 Tommy Möller broke
Erbacher alternate 5.74/170
8 Smax Smith 5.36/217 SEMI-FINALS
Smax Smith 24.93/52.50
Andy Carter broke
4 Thomas Nathås 9.74/80
5 Andy Carter 4.89/297 FINAL
Smax Smith 5.08/288

WINNER!
H. Fällstrom 5.02/282
2 Håkan Nilsson 11.81/72
7 Micke Kågered 5.44/185 Micke Kågered broke
H. Fällstrom 17.82/64

3 Lex Joon 5.82/160
6 H. Fällstrom 5.01/283

Finals: Great final and good performance from both Fällström and Smith- Fällström winner of the first event included in the FIA European Championship. Next round is in Finland 4 weeks from now and team Kågered are in for a heavy work load to get the car back in race condition again.

Semi finals: Fällström, that was to meet Micke in the semi final got a bye run as Micke´s car was just too damaged during the fire at the quarter finals to be repaired in time for the next run. Carter´s car could not be started and accordingly Smax Smith´s run turned out to ba a bye run too. Both Smith and Fällström cruised the track to save parts and time in preparations for the finals.

Quarter finals: Number one qualifier Tommy Möller ran into trouble at the starting line, when the pump broke shortly before the run and he had to shut off the car. That gave first alternate Urs Erbacher a chance to be in the game and Urs took Tommy´s place in the run towards Carter. Carter however made a too quick run although hurting the engine while doing it. Micke Kågered up next against Håkan Nilsson. Nilsson lost traction and smoked the tires while Micke´s car mad a real quick pass to begin with. However at 300 meters the engine on fire. The fires spread quickly towards the cocpit and luckily Micke got out of the car as quick as he could with just minor burns- the safety equipment did their job and the rescue crew certainly did theirs well. After checkup and some extra oxygen Micke could return to his crew in the pits. They were working hard to replace all panels, cockpit, wiring etc. that had been badly burnt. An engine change also needed and the job just could not be done in time for next run.

QUALIFICATION RESULTS
Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed mph
(the numbers indicate position after qualifications finished) Saturday Sunday
Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
7. Mikael Kågered Sweden 5.26/221 cancelled due to rain broke did not run
2. Håkan Nilsson Sweden 4.86/306 8.66/91 6.99/122
9. Urs Erbacher Schweiz 5.55/195 10.91/74 13.39/52
1. Tommy Möller Sweden 10.20/72 4.81/303 did not run
10. Rene Hersland Denmark 6.53/148 broke 5.87/175
8. Smax Smith England 10.71/62 did not run 5.42/236
5. Andy Carter England 6.36/135 5.18/286 did not run
6. Håkan Fällström Sweden 5.72/177 5.20/282 5.54/191
4. Thomas Nathås Norway 11.59/71 4.99/267 did not run
3. Alex Joon England 4.87/239 5.12/201 6.70/?

Comments session #3: Team Kågered did not make it in time for the 3rd session, but stayed in the 7th position through this session too. Erbacher and Hersland the two teams outside the elimination ladder. Micke´s seventh position means he is up against number two qualifier Håkan Nilsson. Möller meets Smith, Carter vs. Nathås and Joon is up against Fällström in the quarter finals.

Comments session #2: A engine explosion right off the startline for Micke and the weekend has not started in the way we had wished for, as lot of parts damaged that are non repairable. Micke currently number 7 in the field with one session remaining. Möller now leading the field after a great 4.81 sec run. Nathås in the 4´s as well, Joon and Nilsson who were quickest yesterday did not improve performance this session.

Comments session #1: After having waited out the rain for all day at 7.30 p.m. it was finally time for the first qualification run in top fuel dragster. First out was Håkan Nilsson, who had been out on track yesterday to make license runs. Then he had problems with tire shakes, something that his crew had managed to cure for the session today. For the other cars it was the first time out on track and as you normally would see, it turned out to be a scattered field. Micke Kågered with nice burning nitro flames from both sides of the engine, not dropping any cylinders. However leaning out at 300 meters the engine was damaged and caught fire. Although it looked dramatic both parachutes were out and the car came to a stop quickly for the fire crew to arrive with their fire extinguishers. Micke in the 3rd spot so far, passed by Nilsson and last years champion Lex Joon, who also had a quick run in the 4.80´s. Nathås and Smith both had problems with tire shakes. We are in for some heavy work tonight and an engine change as the block was damaged bad.

Easter Thunderball
Santa Pod Raceway, England, april 15-17th

Micke Kågered and John Spuffard paired together on saturday

QUALIFICATIONS NITRO FUNNY CARS + DRAGSTERS
Qualifications consist of one run each day saturday, sunday and monday-
The two cars with the lowest accumulated ET after three runs goes to a final monday afternoon.
The funny cars are given 0.35 sec. handicap towards the dragsters.

RESULTS

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

MONDAY

DRIVER

session#1

session#2

Session#3

total ET
Position

Micke Kågered -D

8.809

7.869
5.487 22.165 2

Tommy Möller – D

no show

no show
broke

-
7

Andy Carter – D

8.974

9.088
9.088 27.150 4

Lex Joon – D

5.453

5.593
broke (17.584) 28.630 5

John Spuffard – F

6.673

7.449
5.586 19.708 1

Gordon Smith -F

13.533

10.929
12.584 37.046 6

Leif Helander – F

8.436

7.984
9.923 26.343 3

D-Dragster

F-Funny Car

FINAL: Micke Kågered vs John Spuffard where Micke won running a 5.18 sec run.

Comments session #1 MONDAY: This run saw some result to what we have gradually been testing, the car smoother from the start now and not smoking tires like before. John Spuffard running impressingly well even after the major engine damage yesterday. Möller´s car shut off at the start what we gather due to leakage, Lex Joon who was in the lead after two sessions failed to get reverse gear in and was unable to run. So into the finals goes one funny car and one dragster- John Spuffard towards Micke Kågered. Weather a bit “risky” with scattered rain clouds around the area. Our hopes are we will be able to run without interruption.

Comments session #1 SUNDAY: Scattered rain over Santa Pod today and the only run today was not until in the evening. Möller were lined up but something happened that meant the car could not be fired up. Damage to Spuffards engine, we do not know how much.. Team Kågered improved, not so much looking at the ET, but testing moving in the right direction. We have made major maintenance tonight taking everything apart on the engine for checkup. Still shaking tires this last run, like the majority of the teams but not as much as yesterday. Our hopes are we will have time to run two runs monday.

Comments session #1 SATURDAY: The general problem seemedto be that of overpowering the track causing lost traction and less than full passes. Lex Joon was the one who had it going best of the bunch when the blower belt came off.
For team Kågered a bracket for the barrel valve broke after 100 meters other than that the 60-foot time was better than in along time. That was also the way it looked for most of the cars, great launches, then struggling some with the traction- nothing wrong with the track, it is “just” a matter of adjusting the cars to the current track condition and that is always a bit of a gamble for the first run.

Results 2005

TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

Name Round
#1 Round
#2 Round
#3 Round
#4 Round
#5 Total
1 Lex Joon Netherlands 96 57 59 37 60 309
2 Tommy Möller Sweden 57 54 58 43 93 305
3 Mikael Kågered Sweden 53 35 57 34 78 257
4 Andy Carter England 35 103 36 35 37 246
5 Thomas Nataas Norway 43 76 55 36 12 222
6 Jöran Persåker Sweden 12 34 33 33 33 145
7 Jon Webster England 74 – - – 34 108
8 Gary Page England 24 33 12 – 34 103
9 Susanne Callin Sweden – - 34 – 56 90
10 Chris Andrews England 12 33 – - – 45
11 Smax Smith England 33 – - – 12 45
12 Darryl Bradford England – - – 34 – 34
13 Monica Öberg Sweden – - 33 – - 33

TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR

Name Round
#1 Round
#2 Round
#3 Round
#4 Round
#5 Total
1 Urs Erbacher Switzerland 103 103 37 43 34 329
2 Dan Larsen Denmark 77 77 58 37 37 286
3 Ulf Leanders Sweden 12 55 56 33 93 249
4 Leif Andreasson Sweden 56 56 55 34 36 237
5 Niclas Andersson Sweden 55 33 58 35 55 236
6 Arvid Grödem Norway 34 – 33 36 74 177
7 Martin Lundqvist Sweden 12 12 34 33 34 125
8 Jarmo Kuutniemi – 34 34 34 – 102
9 Jörgen Johnsson Sweden 33 33 – - – 66
10 Kjell Sjöblom Sweden – - 12 – 53 65
11 Jonas Stavlund Sweden – 34 12 – - 46
12 Trevor Capewell England 34 – - – 12 46
13 Juergen Nagel Germany 33 – 12 – - 45
14 Stephanie Miliam England 12 – - – 12 24

You can find the official FIA European Drag Racing Championship point standings here (PDF)

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

TF TMFC
Winner Lex Joon Urs Erbacher
Runner Up Tommy Möller Dan Larsen
Low ET 4.78 (Lex Joon) 5.69 (Urs Erbacher)
Top Speed 308mph/495km/h (T. Möller) 252mph/405km/h (U. Erbacher)

FIA European Finals
Santa Pod Raceway, England september 9-11th

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
TF TMFC
Winner Tommy Möller Ulf Leanders
Runner Up Micke Kågered Arvid Grödem
Low ET 4.93 (Lex Joon) 5.71 (Urs Erbacher)
Top Speed 304 (Lex Joon) 249 (Urs Erbacher)

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER september 11th
QUARTER-FINALS
1 Micke Kågered 9.82/99
8 Jöran Persåker broke SEMI-FINALS
Micke Kågered 7.97/113
Lex Joon broke
4 Lex Joon 4.93/304
5 Gary Page 8.75/86 FINAL
Micke Kågered 10.45/67

WINNER
Tommy Möller 7.00/131
2 Andy Carter red-light
7 Tommy Möller 10.05/92
Tommy Möller 6.16/180
S.Callin 15.21/70
3 Susanne Callin 5.02/247
6 Jon Webster 5.17/276

Final: Both Micke and Tommy struggled down the track, Micke´s chutes shook out at half track and he was left behind. His comments after the runs was that the visibility was close to nothing because of the dark and that there was nothing he could do. Although Möller won the race, he did loose the championship title to Lex Joon by (what we counted to) mere six points. Our congrats to both team Möller and Joon for good achievements this season. Micke ended in a 3rd place in the overall points standings.

Semi finals: Micke in stage, just seconds before the run when he got sign from the starter it was going to be a bye run. Leakage from Lex car made the starter decide to shut the car down. And so the championship is an open matter again theoretically as Möller still has the chance to pass Joon. Möller´s ride was shaky and he had to pedal the car more than once to get down the track. If Lex can hold on to his “low ET” points throughout the final he is the champion, even if Tommy should win the event. The final is scheduled for 8 pm, deadline for the event to close is 9 pm.

Quarter finals: Persåker could not get reverse in after the burnout. Micke accordingly had a bye run, used it to make a 60 foot time and not a full pass, hoping to save some time on maintenenace for the next run. He had been strapped in the car for 45 minutes waiting in line and for the track to be cleaned after Callin´s oil down. Callin beat Webster in a close race and will be facing Tommy Möller in the semi finals. Joon looked good and are now very close to secure the FIA champion title. Möller currently second in the points standings.

QUALIFICATION RESULTS Top Fuel Dragster

Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed mph Friday Saturday
Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Mikael Kågered Sweden 5.08/250 4.93/279 cancelled due to rain cancelled
due to rain
Jon Webster England 5.15/267 broke
Gary Page England broke 5.05/253
Tommy Möller Sweden 5.31/248 5.45/235
Susanne Callin Sweden broke 4.98/300
Smax Smith England 6.96/120 9.77/71
Andy Carter England 6.51/128 4.97/294
Jöran Persåker Sweden broke 5.93/162
Thomas Nathås Norway did not run 8.92/86
Alex Joon England 6.18/138 4.99/274

Comments session #1: Micke quickest this first run out, ok run but the car weakened at the latter part of the track. Blower belt off for Joon, who has a good chance of winning the championship this weekend.

Comments session #2: Micke again quickest, closely followed this time by Carter, Callin and Joon who all ran in the 4´s. Callin set a personal best. Nathås and Möller did not perform their best today, but with two moew qualification runs still scheduled, there is still more to come. Some work to be made on the engine on Micke´s car as the crank and both heads were hurt during this run.

Comments session #3-4: Cancelled due to rain

ELIMINATIONS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR september 11th
QUARTER-FINALS
1 Urs Erbacher red-light
8 Ulf Leanders SEMI-FINALS
Ulf Leanders 5.90/240
Ni.Andersson 6.03/236
4 Niclas Andersson 6.05/236
5 Martin Lundqvist 6.40/215 FINAL

WINNER
Ulf Leanders 7.01/136
Arvid Grödem 5.96/218
2 Dan Larsen red-light
7 Kjell Sjöblom 6.04/224
Kjell Sjöblom 6.30/214
Arvid Grödem 5.95/239
3 Leif Andréasson 5.92/241
6 Arvid Grödem 5.88/246

Final: Redlight in the final by Grödem and the win automatically to Leanders. Grödem ran well during the eliminations which is real impressive. Congrats to FIA methanol funny car champion Urs Erbacher and runner up Dan Larsen, who has also been doing real well this season.

Semi finals: That was the end of Niclas season as he was outrun by Leanders. Niclas car simply acting slower and the win for Leanders was fair. We may have to get used to seeing Arvid Grödem in finals as he has been performing well and consistent throughout the eliminations. Leanders and Grödem into the finals..

Quarter finals: Niclas run was not a smooth one, severe tires shakes and you could see air under the back tires. However he was in the lead all the way down the track and passed the finish line a length before Lundqvist. Unexpected red-lights for both Erbacher and Larsen. Erbacher now have secured the FIA champion title and Dan Larsen who still had a shot at it, is out of the gamed. Arvid Grödem had the run of his life, beating Andréasson and running a personal best with 5.88 seconds! Well done and as a results he will meet rookie Kjell Sjöblom in the semi finals. Niclas against Leanders, who ran 5.99 in the semis.

QUALIFICATION RESULTS Top Methanol Funny Car
Top Methanol Funny Car
E.T. sec/speed mph Friday Saturday
Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Niclas Andersson Sweden 5.90/235 5.89/222 cancelled due to rain cancelled due to rain
Urs Erbacher Schweiz 5.71/249 6.01/205
Leif Andréasson Sweden 5.87/242 broke
Ulf Leanders Sweden 6.30/235 did not run
Dan Larsen Denmark 5.82/247 5.95/237
Martin Lundqvist Sweden 5.95/235 10.31/72
Arvid Grodem Norway 6.02/242 6.30/186
Stephanie Milam England 6.82/226 6.42/234
Trevor Capewell England 8.84/107 7.24/218
Kjell Sjöblom Sweden 6.43/219 6.15/224

Comments session #1: Not many surprises this first try out, as Erbacher took the lead followed by Larsen, Andréasson and with Andersson in 4th place. Niclas running 5.90 sec. and by that probably secured a spot in the 8-car elimination ladder for sunday.

Comments session #2: Niclas quickest of the field this session, although stayed in the 4th place after Erbacher (5.71), Larsen (5.77) and Andréasson (5.87). Nice and close perormance. The car drifted towards the guardrail for Niclas and considering, he was pleased with the run.

Comments session #3-4: Cancelled due to rain

Invitational Top Fuel Challenge
Tullinge Raceway, Stockholm Sweden august 13-14th

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
TF
Winner Monica Öberg
Runner Up Micke Kågered
Low ET 5.03 (Tommy Möller)
Top Speed 352 (Tommy Möller)

“After run service” in the pits- Kjell checking the bottom of the engine, while Uffe and Keijo checks the heads and Thomas is in charge of servicing the clutch.

An all Swedish challenge in addition to the Pro Mods, bikes and bracket cars on site at Tullinge this weekend. The idea was that two qualification sessions would give the four drivers a spot in the 4-car elimination ladder. However one session was cancelled due to rain. The eliminations accordingly is only based on the results of one qualification run, where all four teams overpowered the track.

TOP FUEL CHALLENGE 4-CAR ELIMINATION LADDER
SEMI-FINALS
1 Monica Öberg 5.60/314
4 Jöran Persåker 8.25/156

FINAL
Monica Öberg 5.49/328 winner
Micke Kågered 7.47/187
2 Micke Kågered 6.20/229
3 Tommy Möller 8.22/143

COMMENTS SEMIFINALS: Micke and Monica managed best and were the ones first over the finish line in their heats respectively. Micke´s comment after the race;”It felt great at first, I had a real good start but spun the tires at the last part of the track, loosing traction”. He continues; “The performance this weekend is overall slower than at an FIA race, but we are happy anyway as it is a real nice and well organised event here at Tullinge. We will make further adjustments mainly to the clutch for the final and see where that takes us”.

COMMENT RUN FOR 3-4th PLACE: Möller got it going and Persåkers run looked good until the blower belt came off. Möller´s 5.03/352 km quickest this weekend and he took a clear win over Persåker.

COMMENT FINAL: A shaky ride for Micke, who tried to pedal the car a couple of times to get the car all the way through the finish line. Smoother ride for Monica Öberg and her 5.49/328 km was enough to win the final this time.

QUALIFICATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER saturday august 13th
Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km/h Saturday august 13th
Session
#1 Session
#2
Mikael Kågered Sweden 8.90/156 cancelled
Monica Öberg Sweden 8.78/143 cancelled
Tommy Möller Sweden 12.41/134 cancelled
Jöran Persåker Sweden broke cancelled

Qualification session #2:Cancelled due to rain

Qualification session #1: Persåker could not hold the car on the starting line, overstaged before the staging lights were lit and did not get any timing on his run. Overpowering the track seemed to be the general tendency among the other three and setup changes are being made to next run.

FIA European Championship – Round #4
Gardermoen Motorpark, Norway august 5-7th

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
TF TMFC
Winner – -
Runner Up – -
Low ET 4.86 (Tommy Möller) 5.81 (Dan Larsen)
Top Speed 472 (Tommy Möller) 401 (Urs Erbacher)

THE ELIMINATIONS REGRETABLY WERE ALL CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN!

Micke´s engine on fire during the first qualification run at Gardermoen. Above after the run, Micke out of the car- still a lot of heat and smoke from the engine.

QUALIFICATION RESULTS Top Fuel Dragster
Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km/h Friday Saturday
Session
#1 Session
#2 Cancelled due to rain as well as the eliminations sunday
Mikael Kågered Sweden 5.39/348 7.93/175
Gary Page England did not run broke
Tommy Möller Sweden 4.95/387 4.86/443
Andy Carter England 5.06/? 13.96/139
Darryl Bradford England 12.63/? did not run
Jöran Persåker Sweden broke ?
Thomas Nathås Norway 4.96/472 4.99/462
Alex Joon England 4.94/? did not run

Qualification session #2: Halfpass for Micke whose comment after the run was; “I was a bit cautious. There are so many bits and pices on a car like this and I wanted to make sure everything worked alright after the engine change. It felt ok the first part of the track so now we need to work on a combination to try and match Möller and Nathås this weekend”. Carter lost traction right off the starting line. Page run was over before it started when a parachute shook out during the burnout. Persåker passed the finish line cruising after an engine failure during the run.

Qualification session #1:Micke Kågered´s engine blew at half track in a ball of fire. The extensive damage mean we are in for a complete engine change. Darryl Bradford, who is in the Knut Söderqvist car Susanne Callin piloted at Mantorp, made an easy pass. Our guess is that he wanted to get the feel of the car, as he has not driven it before. Already three cars in the 4´s- Nathås, Joon and Möller, with Carter just a tiny bit behind. One more session secheduled today and our top fuel crew is working hard to get everything ready in time for it.

QUALIFICATION RESULTS Top Methanol Funny Car

Top Methanol Funny Car
E.T. sec/speed km/h Friday Saturday
Session
#1 Session
#2 Cancelled due to rain as well as the eliminations
Niclas Andersson Sweden did not run 6.37/303
Urs Erbacher Schweiz 5.92/400 5.85/401
Leif Andréasson Sweden 6.81/223 broke
Ulf Leanders Sweden 6.97/295 8.67/152
Dan Larsen Denmark 6.00/388 5.81/395
Arvid Grödem Norway 6.27/365 6.06/376
Martin Lundqvist Sweden 11.15/107 did not run
Jarmo Kuutniemi broke 6.66/320

Qualification session #2:Niclas on track but the chosen setup did not work well. 6.37 and that needs to improve for sure. Andersson not the only one struggling so far, Andréasson, Leanders not yet performing their normal standard either. Grödem improving and is currently 3rd quickest.

Qualification session #1: Niclas not out on track this first session as a damaged head had to be changed last minute. Scattered field so far, not too unusual for a first round.

FIA European Championship – Round #3
Mantorp Park, Sweden July 29-31

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
TF TMFC
Winner – -
Runner Up – -
Low ET 4.78 (Lex Joon) 5.86 (Dan Larsen)
Top Speed 481 (Lex Joon) 395 (Urs Erbacher)

Due to lack of time during the event we have posted the summarized results from Mantorp without round by round comments.

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER july 31st
QUARTER-FINALS
1 Tommy Möller 4.87/465
8 Jöran Persåker 6.90/186 SEMI-FINALS
Möller
Nathås
4 Susanne Callin 5.16/372
5 Thomas Nathås 5.04/452

The semi finals were cancelled due to weather delay
FINAL

2 Mikael Kågered 5.00/429
7 Monica Öberg 7.89/192
Kågered
Joon
3 Andy Carter 4.95/480
6 Lex Joon 4.78/481

Final qualification results after 3 sessions TOP FUEL DRAGSTER:

Top Fuel Dragster E.T.
sec/speed km/h

Final
Qualification
1. Tommy Möller Sweden 4.84/453
2. Mikael Kågered Sweden 4.94/452
3. Andy Carter England 4.98/484
4. Thomas Nathås Norway 5.01/474
5. Susanne Callin Sweden 5.05/452
6. Alex Joon England 5.15/328
7. Monica Öberg Sweden 5.62/392
8. Jöran Persåker Sweden 5.69/291

— Not qualified —
9. Gary Page

ELIMINATIONS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR july 31st
QUARTER-FINALS
1 Dan Larsen 5.90/343
8 Arvid Grödem 7.46/209 SEMI-FINALS
Dan Larsen
L. Andréasson
4 L. Andréasson 7.91/181
5 J. Kuutniemi 7.88/188

The semi finals were cancelled due to weather delay
FINAL

2 Urs Erbacher 5.89/385
7 Niclas Andersson 5,84/385
Niclas Andersson
Ulf Leanders
3 Ulf Leanders 5.86/378
6 Martin Lundqvist broke

Final qualification results after 3 sessions TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR:

Methanol funny car E.T.
sec/speed km/h

Final
Qualification
1. Dan Larsen Denmark 5.865/390
2. Urs Erbacher Schweiz 5.869/395
3. Ulf Leanders Sweden 5.89/385
4. Leif Andréasson Sweden 6.04/389
5. Jarmo Kuutniemi (SF) 6.08/382
6. Martin Lundqvist Sweden 6.23/373
7. Niclas Andersson Sweden 6.34/356
8. Arvid Grödem Norway 6.36/367

— Not qualified —
Jurgen Nagel
Kjell Sjöblom
Jonas Staflund
Jörgen Johnsson

FIA European Championship – Round #2
Alastaro Raceway, Finland July 1-3rd

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
TF TMFC
Winner Andy Carter Ulf Leanders
Runner Up Thomas Nathås Dan Larsen
Low ET 5.01 (Andy Carter) 5.81 (Urs Erbacher)
Top Speed 468 (Andy Carter) 395 (Urs Erbacher)

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER July 3rd
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/hh
QUARTER-FINALS
1 Andy Carter 5.13/404
8 Gary Page 6.33/238 SEMI-FINALS
Andy Carter 5.39/454
Tommy Möller 6.03/257
4 Micke Kågered broke
5 Tommy Möller 14.45/110 FINAL
Andy Carter 5.41/404
Winner
T.Nathås 8.06/157
2 Lex Joon 5.21/397
7 Chris Andrews 5.40/?
Lex Joon 5.26/409
T.Nathås 5.11/460
3 Thomas Nathås 5.17/454
6 J. Persåker 8.76/150

QUARTER FINALS: Page had the hang of it at the first part of the track, but could not keep up with Carter all the way. Kågered shut off by the starter due to what he thought was a leakage from the car. The starter rules, so that was the end for Micke this race weekend. Möller, who got the sign he was running alone just launched and cruised tha track. Joon and Nathås took the two remaining spots in the semi finals. Tough luck for team Kågered, nothing we could have done otherwise, just to try and recharge our batteries for the next race at Mantorp that´s all.

SEMI FINALS: Lex Joon, who won the first championship round in England, was taken out by Thomas Nathås. Nathås running his so far best this weekend just when needed. Carter running pretty consistent this event and his place in the final is well deserved. Our guess is that it is going to be a real tight race between Carter and Nathås in the final.

FINAL: Last years top fuel champion Andy Carter let everybody see he is serious about defending the title. No luck in England last race for Andy, but he was able to take a winner´s trophy back to England with him as he outran Nathås in the final.

Micke together with another top fuel pilot – Gary Page, before the 3rd qualification session

QUALIFICATION RESULTS Top Fuel Dragster
Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km/h Friday Saturday
Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Mikael Kågered Sweden 5.46/359 broke 5.27/355 5.28/389
Chris Andrews England did not run 6.90/196 did not run did not run
Gary Page England did not run did not run 7.08/201 did not run
Tommy Möller Sweden did not run 12.96/? 7.87/153 5.42/405
Andy Carter England 5.37/357 5.01/468 did not run did not run
Jöran Persåker Sweden 6.42/255 6.15/223 7.02/189 6.29/230
Thomas Nathås Norway did not run 7.89/174 8.07/140 5.17/454
Alex Joon England 6.16/233 5.15/402 5.59/296 6.11/222

Comments qualification session #4: Another 5.20 run for Micke, consistent but not as quick as he had wished for. Carter, lined up last chose not to run when it became clear he still held the #1 spot for sundays eliminations. Nathås improved and took the third spot from Micke, now number 4 in the field. It means he will meet Tomy Möller in the quarter finals.

Comments qualification session #3: Good run for Micke under the circumstances and (as it proved to be) quickest of all this session. More than one car smoked the tires and lost traction before half track. Carter, who was quickest yesterday chose not to run this session.

Comments qualification session #2: A snapped blower belt put an end to this try for Micke. No other damage to the car as we know of yet. Möller also had problems when a fuel hose broke (or came loose). Carter and Joon running real well.

Comments qualification session #1: Half the starting field out at the track this first run. Micke Kågered wanted to check out the traction and afterwards stated that he could have run harder as the track was better than we thought before the run. Our guess is that most cars will be out on track for the next session. Weather hot and sunny, so we are having a great day here at Alastaro.

ELIMINATIONS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR july 3rd
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h -
QUARTER-FINALS
1 Urs Erbacher 5.83/394
8 Jörgen Johnsson 7.09/? SEMI-FINALS
Urs Erbacher 5.81/395
Ulf Leanders 5.98/?
4 Ulf Leanders 5.99/378
5 J. Staflund 6.12/374 FINAL
Urs Erbacher 5.84/394
Winner
Dan Larsen 5.88/389
2 Dan Larsen 5.87/391
7 M.Lundqvist 15.74/73
(alternate for Andersson)
Dan Larsen 5.81/392
L.Andréasson 8.86/156
3 L.Andréasson 5.98/387
6 J.Kuutniemi 6.05/378

QUARTER FINALS: We tried to get Niclas car race ready, but there was to much damage that could not be fixed at the track, which meant we gave up our spot to first alternate Martin Lundqvist (the points for the quarter finals still going to Niclas). No major surprises as Andréasson (pretty close race), Larsen, Erbacher and Leanders won their runs and are on to the semi finals.

SEMI FINALS: Andréasson´s blower belt came off and that was the end of his day. Leanders run was not the smoothest and he was very disappointed after loosing to Erbacher. Erbacher and Larsen are the two who has run quickest all weekend and consistent as well. Not much to say about those two going to the final. We don´t dare to guess the outcome of that one!

FINALS: As suspected the final was a top class killer, between the (at the moment) two outstanding performers in the class. The victory to reigning champion Erbacher. The thriller will probably continue at Mantorp Park three weeks from now when Larsen and Erbacher and the rest of the field once again battle for championship points and glory!

QUALIFICATION RESULTS Top Methanol Funny Car
Top Methanol Funny Car
E.T. sec/speed km/h Friday Saturday
Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Niclas Andersson Sweden did not run

session
cancelled
6.25/296 did not run
Urs Erbacher Schweiz 6.14/388 5.98/392 5.89/392
Leif Andréasson Sweden 6.52/349 5.94/381 did not run
Ulf Leanders Sweden 11.49/105 5.95/384 9.14/148
Dan Larsen Denmark did not run 5.90/390 6.23/253
Martin Lundqvist Sweden 6.84/294 6.72/328 6.78/336
Jörgen Johnsson Sweden did not run 7.13/297 6.49/279
Jonas Staflund Sweden 6.55/343 6.27/371 6.18/317
Jarmo Kuutniemi 6.22/341 ? 6.45/323

Comments qualification session #4: As the engine and more was damaged (two rods broken to pieces) last run in Niclas car, he was not out on track for the 4th and last session. Erbacher back in good form as. Andréasson, Larsen and Leanders have been performing in the 5.90´s. Rookie Staflund impressed, closing in on the rest of the field throughout the qualifications. Niclas is up against Dan Larsen in the quarter finals. We are unsure at the moment whether we will be able to repair what is broken besides the engine for the eliminations.

Comments qualification session #3: Two rods out for Niclas at half track. Block, crank, heads, oil pan etc. etc. damaged. Other than that, the performance now in the 5´s which must be considered ok as the weather is very hot as well as the track- not the perfect conditions.

Comments qualification session #2: The whole session was cancelled/postponed. The reason being extensive oil down in one lane and at 7 p.m. the drivers together with the organisers decided it was better to send back the cars to the pits for today.

Comments qualification session #1: Not the best traction yet for the “short wheel base” funny cars. Team Kågered chose not to run this first session, thinking it would not be much use performancewise. The car is ready and will be out the second session later today.

The FIA Main Event – FIA Round #1
Santa Pod Raceway, England, May 28-30th
EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

TF TMFC
Winner Lex Joon Ulf Leanders
Runner Up Jon Webster Dan Larsen
Low ET 4.87 (Thomas Nathås) 5.69 (Urs Erbacher)
Top Speed 308 (Tommy Möller) 252 (Urs Erbacher)

Uffe and Thomas check the top fuel engine after a run

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER May 30th
– elapsed time sec. and speed mph -
QUARTER-FINALS
1 Thomas Nathås 10.07/90
8 Micke Kågered 5.82/194 SEMI-FINALS
Micke Kågered 6.76/131
Jon Webster 5.08/264
4 Andy Carter broke
5 Jon Webster 5.07/259 FINAL
Jon Webster
Alex Joon 5.41/219
WINNER!
2 Tommy Möller 17.80/65
7 Smax Smith broke
Tommy Möller 5.86/163
Lex Joon 4.93/288
3 Lex Joon 4.96/282
6 Persåker broke
(alternate for Page)

Comments Eliminations:
FINALS: Clear win for Joon, who seemedly had some damage to his car during the run. Good performance from many teams this first race of the season and we will be in for an interesting and exciting top fuel championship for sure!

SEMI FINALS: Micke was taken out of the race by Webster, whose car runs like a bracket car this weekend, very consistent. “We have been struggling with a combination of parts failure and tires shakes all weekend and we were lucky to make it past the quarter final really performing as we have”, says Kågered and continues “I think it is worse for Niclas in the funny car who has been improving all weekend to finish the race with an oil leakage, rather than being outrun.” Joon and Webster into the final, both looking good and anyone of the capable to take the victory today.

QUARTER FINALS: Well, what do you know.. Micke Kågered who qualified number 8 had a better start ofthe day today as he took out number one qualifier Thomas Nathås in the quarter finals. Nathås as we heard having problems with the throttle wire. Micke in the other lane loosing some traction and the blower belt, but quick enough anyway all the way down the track to take the win. Möller enjoyed a bye run as Smith could not get reverse gear out after the burnout. Webster running very consistent this weekend took out Carter who had problems and stopped on track without passing the finish line.

QUALIFICATION RESULTS Top Fuel Dragster
Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed mph Saturday Sunday
Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Mikael Kågered Sweden 10.70/70 broke broke 7.22/141
Smax Smith England 8.71/80 6.64/136 16.51/44 no show
Chris Andrews England no show broke no show 7.38/101
Gary Page England no show no show no show 5.69/163
Tommy Möller Sweden 5.93/150 no show 5.07/218 4.91/308
Andy Carter England no show 6.20/148 5.48/290 5.00/295
Jöran Persåker Sweden no show 10.51/64 11.94/68 broke
Thomas Nathås Norway 5.29/198 9.97/81 4.87/296 no show
Alex Joon England 6.78/118 10.69/72 5.55/172 4.92/281
Jon Webster England 5.31/264 5.77/185 5.09/254 no show

Comments qualification session #4: This was as close as it gets to not qualify for the elimination ladder for Micke. The car real quick to half track and then lost traction. Micke got on and off the throttle and saved what he could of the run. It just narrowly gave him the last spot in the elimination ladder, which means he will be up against number one qualifier Nathås in the quarter finals. Persåker and Andrews out of the ladder at this point. Half the field now running in the 4´s- beside Nathås, also Möller (4.91), Joon (4.92) and in the 4th spot Carter at 5.00 flat.

Comments qualification session #3: A new and bigger fuel pump on Mickes car for this run. We did not get the chance to know if it was to cure the problem as Micke was shut off by the starter, who thought there was an oil leak from Mickes car. We could not see one, but the starter rules and that was that for this session. Just to go back to the pits and prepare for one last shot of getting in the 8-car field for the eliminations. Micke right now on the 8th spot, but with two cars still not having been out at the track (Page and Andrews). Nathås impressed greatly by running 4.87, followed by Möller 5.07 and Webster 5.09. This is not the dream scenario for Micke and crew , but we are doing our best and will just have to wait and see where that takes us.

Comments qualification session #2: Spectacular session where everything did not go according to plan for some teams. Persåker had it going before a loose fuel hose ruined his run. Micke once again shaked the tires, this time earlier and more significant, shaking the parachutes out at 200 meters and snapping the blower belt. Problems after the burnout meant Andrews was not able to run, Joon experienced a one of a kind front wheel lift that he sorted out. Webster so far most consistent in this so far scattered field. A change of fuel pump is planned for Micke´s car which we hope will help cure the tire shake tendency we have seen today.

Comments qualification session #1: 6 cars out on track during this first session, with 3 cars in the 5´s. Micke´s run looked well from the startline and up to half track where he had tire shakes and as a precaution shut off early. Just regular maintenance and some adjustments to be made for next run.

ELIMINATIONS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR may 30th
– elapsed time sec. and speed mph -
QUARTER-FINALS
1 Urs Erbacher 5.79/251
8 Jurgen Nagel 9.18/102 SEMI-FINALS
Urs Erbacher 7.17/131
N. Andersson broke
4 N. Andersson 5.87/241
5 Trevor Capewell 9.09/92 FINAL
Urs Erbacher 5.77/252
WINNER
Dan Larsen 5.78/244
2 Dan Larsen 5.90/229
7 J. Johnsson 5.94/239
Dan Larsen 5.85/235
L.Andréasson 6.04/234
3 L.Andréasson 13.49/66
6 Arvid Grodem red-light

Comments Eliminations:
FINAL: A quicker and closer final is hard to imagine, but eventually it was Erbacher´s weekend. A well deserved win for a hard working team, further comments unnecessary!

SEMIFINALS: Niclas race weekend ended even befor the semis since he was shut off by the starter due to an oil leakage. Pity as Erbacher were having problems and Niclas would have stood a good chance. Dan Larsen outrunning Andréasson and meets Erbacher in the final. Both Larsen and Erbacher have been doing well, so not much to say about that really.

QUARTER FINALS: Niclas once again improving performance and took out Capewell. Tight race between Larsen and Johnsson where Larsen just narrowly was the first over the finish line. Andéasson easy on to the semis when Grödem apparently had staging problems and got going before it was green light. Erbacher, hard to beat but Niclas will take on the task in the semifinal as best as he can for sure.

Mechanics Mika, Peppe, Edvin and Kenta start the maintenance work on the funny car directly after a run.

QUALIFICATION RESULTS Top Methanol Funny Car
Top Methanol Funny Car
E.T. sec/speed mph Saturday Sunday
Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Niclas Andersson Sweden 6.34/164 7.41/127 6.22/226 5.96/239
Urs Erbacher Schweiz 5.78/248 no show 5.69/249 7.48/?
Leif Andréasson Sweden 9.28/89 5.99/240 5.98/243 5.92/243
Ulf Leanders Sweden no show broke 6.70/235 broke
Dan Larsen Denmark 6.20/231 no show 5.87/240 5.99/224
Martin Lundqvist Sweden no show no show no show
Arvid Grodem Norway 6.62/220 6.20/229 6.51/170 6.06/226
Jörgen Johnsson Sweden 6.26/231 no show 6.13/215 no show
Stephanie Milam England 6.53/231 10.74/85 6.42/238
Trevor Capewell England 6.46/215 6.16/229 9.71/109 6.00/236
Jürgen Nagel 7.10/200 10.52/79 6.30/214

Comments qualification session #4: At last things are going our way and the car is performing better. Niclas now in the number 4th spot, which means he will face Capewell in the quarter finals. Milam, Leanders and Lunqvist out of competition at this point as the elimination ladder only provides 8 spots. Half of the field now in the 5´s and the competition is getting closer and closer as it should.

Comments qualification session #3: A broken rod caused us major trouble yesterday and we were in for an engine change for sundays qualifications. We had hope for a better time than 6.22, the car seeming lazy and dropped a cylinder (spark plug failure). Niclas still in the 8 car ladder, but really needs to improve performance to stand a chance in the eliminations. Erbacher, not surprisingly quickest again, Larsen now getting there and Andréasson in the 5´s again (we know he is not satisfied running in the 5.90´s however).

Comments qualification session #2: A broken engine was the result of this run for Niclas. Just back in the pits and we do not know the status in detail yet. Andréasson in the 5´s where he should be, rookie Capewell improved and has impressed so far. Erbacher stayed in the pits as did Dan Larsen and Martin Lundqvist. Lundqvist still not qualified, but two sessions remain tomorrow.

Comments qualification session #1: As agreed before the run Niclas did a half pass this first try out. Looked good and worked out as we had hoped for. Just regular maintenance on the car before next run. Erbacher did well last weekend during tests and this first run proves it is not just a strike of luck. Erbacher leader of the pack so far and the guy to watch out for!

Race Calendar

TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

Name Round
#1 Round
#2 Round
#3 Round
#4 Round
#5 Round
#6 Total
1 Andy Carter England 83 99 43 33 56 103 417
2 Mikael Kågered Sweden 54 35 93 96 83 54 415
3 Tommy Möller Sweden 97 57 34 34 97 35 355
4 Jöran Persåker Sweden 36 78 77 75 34 34 334
5 Thomas Nataas Norway 54 33 33 52 33 77 282
6 Smax Smith England 33 54 54 58 35 33 267
7 Lex Joon Netherlands 33 36 55 34 44 55 257
8 Jon Webster England 35 – - – - 33 68
9 Monica Öberg Sweden – - 26 – - – 26

TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR

Name Round
#1 Round
#2 Round
#3 Round
#4 Round
#5 Round
#6 Total
1 Urs Erbacher Switzerland 102 55 58 76 97 83 471
2 Ulf Leanders Sweden 54 36 102 103 76 97 468
3 Niclas Andersson Sweden 36 103 56 57 35 55 342
4 Leif Andreasson Sweden 35 74 74 35 63 34 315
5 Dan Larsen Denmark 78 37 35 34 – 35 220
6 Arvid Grödem Norway 54 34 33 34 – 34 189
7 Juergen Nagel Germany 33 – - – 34 – 67
8 Jörgen Johnsson Sweden – - 34 – - – 34

You can find the official FIA European Drag Racing Championship point standings here (PDF)

The European Finals – FIA Round #6
Santa Pod Raceway, England September 10-12th

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

TF TMFC
Winner Andy Carter Ulf Leanders
Runner Up Ulf Leanders Urs Erbacher
Low ET 4.98/295 (Andy Carter) 5.71/248 (Urs Erbacher)
Top Speed 5.23/296 (Andy Carter) 5.71/248 (Urs Erbacher)

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER September 12th
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h -
QUARTER-FINALS
1 Andy Carter 5.14/226
8 Smax Smith 4.99/227
(red-light) SEMI-FINALS
Andy Carter 5.33/211
Lex Joon 10.66/75
4 Lex Joon 5.00/288
5 J. Persåker 5.21/274 FINAL
Andy Carter 5.23/296
WINNER
Thomas Nathås 5.53/264
2 Thomas Nathås 5.00/289
7 Jon Webster 5.05/271
Thomas Nathås 5.00/292
Micke Kågered 7.01/119
3 Tommy Möller 6.70/135
6 Micke Kågered 5.07/264

Comment final: Andy Carters plan worked well this weekend and he won the final over Nathås as well as the FIA European championship for the second time (last time was in 2001) two points ahead of Micke Kågered.

Comments semi finals: The championship title may have flown away for Micke as the pulley and blower belt came off Micke´s car during the run. Judging from the time slip he was leading at that point. So it will be the two owned by Rune Fjeld cars in the final, Andy Carter piloting one of them and Thomas Nathås the other. Carter needs to win over Nathås to take the title from Micke and has has the capability to do just that. The low elapsed time points he is currently holding means he will pass Micke by two points if he succeeds.

Comments quarter finals: Exciting quarter finals, when Smax Smith red-lighted and lost to Andy Carter although running a better time. Joon performed real well and took out Persåker from further competition. Webster ran a personal best but lost to Nathås. Micke Kågered got a flat rear tire before the finish line, but was OK as the shutes came out fine and car just slid straight on the chassis before it stopped. Most top fuel teams did have problems with the tires as parts of rubber was ripped. Some said the traction was too good at the latter part of the track. Kågered on to the semi-finals and his only opponent left in the battle for the championship title is now Andy Carter.

QUALIFICATION RESULTS Top Fuel Dragster
Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km/h Friday Saturday
Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Mikael Kågered Sweden 6.02/128 cancelled broke 5.20/201
Smax Smith England 10.90/78 cancelled 10.74/81 12.96/69
Tommy Möller Sweden 5.02/261 cancelled 5.05/225 5.62/175
Andy Carter England 21.03/62 cancelled 10.94/59 4.98/295
Jöran Persåker Sweden 7.69/105 cancelled 5.08/257 5.76/173
Thomas Nathås Norway 10.30/79 cancelled 4.99/288 broke
Alex Joon England 5.19/260 cancelled broke 5.03/294
Jon Webster England 10.40/69 cancelled broke broke

Comments qualifications session #4: A fuel hose came loose on Micke´s car as Tommy Möller´s blower belt came off his car while they were running each other. Both had it going up until then. Lex Joon improved some, Smax Smith had continued tire problems. The results means the two leading drivers in the points standings will face each other already in the quarter finals, while Smax Smith takes on Any Carter, who is currently third in the points standings. So still, there are four drivers who have a theoretical chance to win- Kågered, Möller, Carter and Persåker. We do not think it can get much more exciting than this.

Comments qualifications session #3: Two sessions scheduled today, weather windy and brisk but sunny. Miscellaneous things occured during the first session saturday. Oil leakage for Kågered, Joon´s engine misignited and Webster was backed due to for us unknown reasons.. Nathås moved up to the number one position, closely followed by Tommy Möller who is so far very consistent.

Comments qualifications friday: Only one run completed in top fuel friday as rain delayed and eventually caused a cancellation of the 2nd session. At that time it was 9 p.m. and dark and humid. Micke Kågered´s run looked OK until 300 meters out when he was hit by a loose part from the car in the opponent lane. It showed to be an air filter that touched Micke´s helmet and instinctively made him shut off. Möller and Joon in the low 5´s, the others still performing modest as is pretty normal for the first run of the event.

ELIMINATIONS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR september 12th
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h -
QUARTER-FINALS
1 Urs Erbacher 5.71/248
6 Leif Andréasson 7.40/120 SEMI-FINALS
Urs Erbacher 7.77/133
BYE RUN
7 BYE RUN
8 BYE RUN FINAL
Urs Erbacher 5.82/247
Ulf Leanders 5.75/246
WINNER
2 Ulf Leanders 5.76/238
5 Arvid Grödem 10.84/72
Ulf Leanders 5.80/243
N. Andersson 5.86/242
3 Dan Larsen 5.90/240
4 N. Andersson 5.97/238

Comments final: Tough side by side final, where Leanders took the event win, but Erbacher took the championship title. The reason being the extra points that Erbacher earned for setting low elapsed time of the event with 5.71 sec.

Comments semi finals: Close side by side run between Leanders and Andersson, where Leanders narrowly won and moves into the final. So it is down to the final who will be the European Champion in methanol funny car. Leander´s chance is to take the win and the extra points for setting a low elapsed time of the event. If this does not happen Erbacher is the champion.

Comments quarter finals: Niclas Andersson won his run at the starting line, beating Larsen although running a slower elapsed time. Erbacher and Leanders, the two competitors for the championship title, both running strong and keeping the excitment at a high level.

ENTRY LIST & QUALIFICATION RESULTS Top Methanol Funny Car
Top Methanol Funny Car
E.T. sec/speed km/h Friday Saturday
Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Niclas Andersson Sweden staging error 7.27/132 5.94/238 did not run
Urs Erbacher Schweiz 5.91/243 5.72/244 5.76/247 did not run
Leif Andréasson Sweden 7.44/115 10.31/75 8.49/97 9.75/92
Ulf Leanders Sweden 11.69/64 5.85/239 did not run 5.96/?
Dan Larsen Denmark 11.41/68 5.94/243 5.89/244 6.00/227
Arvid Grodem Norway 6.12/233 5.99/231 6.35/221 did not run

Comments qualifications session #4: Team Kågered decided not to run in the last session, as we only have one engine and did not believe we could improve our placement. None of the teams that did go out improved their performance either. Andréasson is having continued problems, not reaching normal standards yet. Leanders hurt the engine during the last run, so they may have some late night work to do. So far Larsen and Erbacher have impressed most, with Erbacher being the outstanding one. Will he be the European top methanol champion for the second year in the row or can Leanders challenge him? We will know in less than 24 hours.

Comments qualifications session #3: A change in the setup cured the tire shakes Niclas had last run, this time running nice and smooth in the 5.90´s. Andréasson in the other lane leaked oil on the track and his elapsed time also indicated something was wrong or broke during the ride.

Comments qualifications session #2: Most cars in the 5 second range now, where they should be with only Andersson and Andréasson left out. Tire shakes for Niclas and he shut off early when he saw the good elapsed time he had hoped for would not happen. Erbacher still quickest, one tenth of a second before Leanders. Two more tries available for those who needs it and team Kågered for one will change setup for next run.

Comments qualifications friday: Modest performance in the methanol funny car category as well this first run. Niclas Andersson experienced troubles with the staging lights and eventually did not record a time for his run. Erbacher in the 5´s, other than that nothing much to report about so far. Three sessions scheduled for saturday.

The Nitro Olympics – FIA Round #5
Hockenheim Ring, Germany August 20-22nd

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
TF TMFC
Winner Tommy Möller Urs Erbacher
Runner Up Micke Kågered Ulf Leanders
Low ET 5.33/379 (Micke Kågered) 5.944/395 (Leif Andreasson)
Top Speed 5.34/449 (Andy Carter) 5.945/396 (Urs Erbacher)

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER August 22nd
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h -
QUARTER-FINALS
1 Micke Kågered 11.55/130
8 – BYE RUN – SEMI-FINALS
Micke Kågered 7.54/?
Lex Joon – no show -
4 Smax Smith – broke -
5 Lex Joon 5.42/391 FINAL
Micke Kågered 7.02/218
Tommy Möller 5.40/443
WINNER
2 Tommy Möller 5.40/441
7 Thomas Nathås 9.75/141
Tommy Möller 5.37/?
Andy Carter 8.40/?
3 Andy Carter 5.34/449
6 Jöran Persåker 8.81/165

Comments Eliminations: Traction was definately the topic of the day at Hockenheim. Some teams managed better than others, but skill had less to do with it than usual, rather the talent of the crews to take off horsepowers and the drivers to pedal their cars real carefully. Micke Kågered, as the number one qualifier enjoyed got the benefit of a bye run in the quarter finals, wanted to evaluate the traction but overpowered and smoked the tires and shut off early. Lex Joon broke the engine during his run against Smax and did not have enough time before the semi-finals to get everything ready, as a result was a no show at the startingline in the semi final. Kågered got the information he was alone on the track. To go easy on parts he decided to do a half pass and the run looked good. Möller performance consistent in the quarter and semi finals, running in the 5.40 region, which must be considered good today. Carter performed well in the quarter finals, but got traction problems in the semi final. The all Swedish final between Micke Kågered and Tommy Möller was delayed one hour due to an oil down from the pair before in Micke´s lane. It was uncertain if he would choose to run, but th organisers got the track in a condition that we considered safe, however not in the state as it was before the oil down. Micke gave it his best try, but saw Tommy pass him half track when Micke´s car lost traction and he had to pedal it. So the win goes to Tommy Möller, whose team have performed consistent througout the event and evidently that payed off

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QUALIFICATION RESULTS Top Fuel Dragster
Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km/h Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Mikael Kågered Sweden 8.11/258 cancelled 6.40/383 5.33/379
Smax Smith England 10.80/180 10.19/141 5.68/360 did not run
Tommy Möller Sweden did not run 5.96/355 11.86/135 5.50/415
Andy Carter England did not run 6.60/421 6.35/323 5.53/422
Jöran Persåker Sweden broke cancelled 7.15/302 11.06/145
Thomas Nathås Norway did not run 13.45/115 did not run 7.93/171
Alex Joon England 13.18/141 6.43/247 9.41/124 5.72/301

Comments saturday: Performance and track conditions improved as the day went by and Micke Kågered was quickest in the top fuel field, slightly before Möller and Carter during the last session for the day. Micke was very happy when he got the information after the. Still struggling with a bad cold, he tries to rest as much as possible in between runs this weekend.

Comments friday: The track was not in top condition during this first qualifying day, some teams decided not to run during the first session. Micke Kågered was out there cruising the track against the throttle stop to get from start to finish. The second session was stopped when only Kågered and Persåker as the last pair remained. There had been an oil down in the pair before and organisers estimated it would take to after the evening deadline to clean the track. Accordingly and bad luck for Kågered and Persåker they did not get to run to improve performance more today. The session was however counted for the cars that had already run.
Hopefully the weather will stay clear and the traction improve during saturday.

ELIMINATIONS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR august 22nd
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h -
QUARTER-FINALS
1 Leif Andréasson 8.30/157
6 BYE RUN SEMI-FINALS
Leif Andréasson 7.41/?
Ulf Leanders 6.01/?
3 Ulf Leanders 6.05/391
4 N. Andersson 6.17/317 FINAL
Ulf Leanders 17.96/98
Urs Erbacher 6.45/382
WINNER
2 Urs Erbacher 5.95/392
5 Jürgen Nagel 7.19/254
Urs Erbacher 6.00/?
BYE RUN
7 BYE RUN
8 BYE RUN

Comments Eliminations: Traction was the key in methanol funny car as well. Niclas Andersson and Leif Andréasson both had traction problems and was out in the quarter finals and semi finals respectively. Erbacher and Leanders performed consistent enough to be in the final. Leanders had to sit and see Urs Erbacher disappear down the track as his own car failed and had an oil leakage all down the track. Our congratulations to Swiss team Erbacher to a another well deserved win this season.

QUALIFICATION RESULTS Top Methanol Funny Car
Top Methanol Funny Car
E.T. sec/speed km/h Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Niclas Andersson Sweden 11.09/126 did not run 6.25/373 13.22/101
Urs Erbacher Schweiz 7.65/313 6.25/386 6.20/382 5.945/396
Leif Andréasson Sweden 10.63/153 6.12/388 6.05/389 5.944/395
Ulf Leanders Sweden 6.73/298 8.44/162 6.06/392 6.02/389
Jürgen Nagel Germany did not run 7.72/208 7.86/209 8.02/185

Comments saturday: Most of the teams improved performance during the last session and only thousands of a second parted Andréasson and Erbacher, where Andréasson was the quickest. Niclas had traction problems and noted a best of 6.25 sec.,which puts him in the number four position.

Comments friday: Traction problems for the funny cars as well, but during the second session Andréasson took the lead running 6.12 sec/388 km/h which is impressive under the circumstances. Niclas Andersson did only one run today. As we broke an engine bad in Norway, we are out of a complete spare engine and decided to skip one session. Not much to evaluate today, probably more to come from all teams saturdays as track conditions improve.

Drag Challenge – FIA Round #4
Gardermoen Raceway, Norway August 6-8th

Pictured: Team Kågered´s pit space at Gardermoen where our clutch man Thomas is preparing the top fueler thursday evening. In the background, the methanol funny car.

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER August 8th
– elapsed time sec. (we are sorry we are unable to report the speeds)-
QUARTER-FINALS
1 Smax Smith 27.10
8 BYE RUN SEMI-FINALS
Smax Smith 5.32
Jöran Persåker 5.33
4 Jöran Persåker 5,11
5 Tommy Möller 8,61 FINAL
Jöran Persåker 5,76
Mikael Kågered 5,20
WINNER
2 Thomas Nathås 4,88
7 Andy Carter 9.55
Thomas Nathås no show
Mikael Kågered 10,17
3 Mikael Kågered 5.07
6 Alex Joon 6.07

Comments final: It was to be Micke Kågered´s weekend and history repeated itself when he won the final over Jöran Persåker, just like one weeks ago at Mantorp. Micke Kågered comments; “The competition is so tough in top fuel and any of the teams has the potential to win, so two wins in a row is as real achievement. The whole crew have been working hard to solve the initial problems with the new car we have been struggling with before Mantorp and it feels great to be back in competition”, Mikael Kågered concludes.

Comments semi finals: Micke Kågered´s semi final showed up to be a bye run as Nathås broke the engine bad in the quarter finals beyond repair on site. Kågered took the decision to take it easy on parts and to save time for his time before the finals. Therefore he did only a 60-foot pass. The run between Persåker and Smith was a close race where Smith had the better elapsed time (although his blower belt came off at 300 meters), but Persåker had the better reaction time and won the race. So once again, like at Mantorp we will have an all Swedish final between Kågered and Persåker.

Comments quarter finals: Micke Kågered goes on to the semi finals after winning the quarter finals against Lex Joon. Nathås, running consistent and quick, beat Carter who spread some oil over his lane (we do not know what problems they had). Smax Smith used his bye run to cruise down the track to save time and parts for the next run. So.. Kågered faces Nathås in the semis, while Persåker, who has the lane choice, takes on Smax Smith.

FINAL QUALIFICATION RESULTS Top Fuel Dragster
Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km/h Session
#1
(cancelled) Session
#2 Session
#3
Mikael Kågered Sweden timing error 4.955/449 broke
Smax Smith England timing error 4.88/473 did not run
Tommy Möller Sweden 5.25/? 5.44/312 lost fire
Andy Carter England cancelled 6.93/194 ?
Jöran Persåker Sweden cancelled 5.35/287 9.91/308
Thomas Nathås Norway timing error 5.04/456 4.952/489
Alex Joon England timing error 5.54/316 lost fire

Comments session #3: Micke Kågered could not get the reverse gear in after the burnout and by that ended as 3rd quickest after Smax Smith and Thomas Nathås. Kågered is to meet number 6 qualifier Lex Joon in the quarter finals, Smith gets a bye-run since seven cars are qualified in an 8-car ladder and Smith is the number one qualifier.

Comments session #2: The timing system worked fine this time as did most f the top fuelers. Micke Kågered second quickest after Smax Smith and continuing to run in the 4-second range. Möller had it going when the blower belt snapped 300 meters out. Once again a tight field.

Comments session #1: This first session was a real disaster as the timing system repeatedly failed and the times of the runs were not recorded. Due to that, the organisers decided to not to let the last pair (Persåker & Carter) run and also that this session is to be cancelled completely. A very unusual situation and our hopes are high that the problems will be solved in time for saturday´s qualifications.

Niclas first run of the weekend resulted in a broken engine.

ELIMINATIONS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR August 1st
– elapsed time sec. (we are sorry we are unable to report the speeds)-
QUARTER-FINALS
1 Ulf Leanders 5.79/?
6 Arvid Grodem 6.01/? SEMI-FINALS
Ulf Leanders 5.91
BYE RUN
7 BYE RUN
8 BYE RUN FINAL
Ulf Leanders WINNER
Urs Erbacher
2 Niclas Andersson 5,90/?
5 Dan Larsen 11,30/?
Niclas Andersson broke
Urs Erbacher 7.27
3 Urs Erbacher 5,79/?
4 Leif Andréasson ?

Comments semi finals: Andersson took a chance in the semi finals against Erbacher. Andersson´s engine was broken in the quarter finals and he knew he could not run quick, but wanted to be there in case something happened to Urs car or if Urs red-lighted. Erbacher however took the win and meets Ulf Leanders in the final.

Comments quarter finals: We are sorry we don´t have the speeds to report (the score board is hard to read). Anyway, Niclas won his quarter final against Dan Larsen who seems to struggling with problems all weekend. Erbacher outran Andréasson and is Niclas next opponent. Our guess is that performance will have to be in the 5,70-5,80´s sto stand a chance against Erbacher. Leanders has a bye run in the semi final and meets the winner Erbacher/Andersson in the final.

QUALIFICATION RESULTS Top Methanol funny car
(We are unable to present the speeds for some runs as they were not shown on the score boards)
Top Methanol Funny Car
E.T. sec/speed km/h Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Niclas Andersson Sweden timing error did not run 5.806/395 did not run
Urs Erbacher Schweiz timing error 5.91/? 5.807/402 5.83/402
Leif Andréasson Sweden did not run 10.27/? 12.47/? 5.89/380
Ulf Leanders Sweden 10.51/? 5.89/? 5.806/396 5.76/402
Dan Larsen Denmark 6.05/? 6.11/? 19.6/72 lost fire
Arvid Grodem Norway did not run did not run 7.03/260 6.06/379

Comments session #4: Niclas not out on the track during this session as we gathered chances to improve were not so good and wanted to save the spare engine we had to put in after the first run friday. Leanders still quickest and running a great 5.76 sec run! Continued struggle for Dan Larsen, Andréasson finally got a proper run and Grödem improved some as well. Niclas Andersson still second quickest in the field and is up against Dan Larsen in the quarter finals.

Comments session #3: Wow, what a close battle between Andersson, Leanders and Erbacher! Leanders takes the lead as he had a one kilometer higher speed that Niclas! Erbacher currently third, Larsen fourth, Grödem fifth and Anréasson currently sixth.

Comments session #2: Team Kågered skipped this session as an engine change had to be performed after the first session. The spare engine in place (friday night) and we plan to have Niclas out on the track during the first session saturday. As for Leanders, who won at Mantorp last weekend, he is the leader of the pack at the moment (closely followed by Erbacher). Grödem have been waiting for spare parts from the US, which have now arrived, so we trust he will be out on the track saturday. Andréasson and Larsen still struggling a bit, but as we know their potential we are sure there is more to come from both the teams.

Comments session #1: Only four cars on the track this session. A timing system error meant Erbacher and Andersson did not get a time for their first run of the weekend and it can not be counted. Erbacher´s run looked like it was in the 5,90 range, so a real pity for him. Andersson broke the engine right after the start and is in for an engine change once again to secure a spot in the elimination ladder.

Veidec Nitro Festival – FIA Round #3
Mantorp Park, Sweden July 30th- August 1st

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
TF TMFC
Winner Micke Kågered Ulf Leanders
Runner Up Jöran Persåker Leif Andreasson
Low ET 4.76/497 (Andy Carter) 5.77/396 (Ulf Leanders)
Top Speed 7.76/497 (Andy Carter) 5.83/401 (Urs Erbacher)

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ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER August 1st
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h -
QUARTER-FINALS
1 Andy Carter 5.13/461
8 Mikael Kågered 4.84/462 SEMI-FINALS
Mikael Kågered 4.99/415
Alex Joon 5.80/280
4 Alex Joon 8.98/115
5 Tommy Möller 10.36/132 FINAL
Mikael Kågered 4.97/421 WINNER!
Jöran Persåker 5.07/468
2 Jöran Persåker 5.06/433
7 Thomas Nathås 5.29/434
Jöran Persåker 5.72/277
Smax Smith red-light
3 Monica Öberg broke
6 Smax Smith 10.17/146

ENTRY LIST & QUALIFICATION RESULTS Top Fuel Dragster
Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km/h Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3
Mikael Kågered Sweden 7.45/175 5.18/344 9.38/151
Smax Smith England 5.23/440 5.17/428 did not run
Tommy Möller Sweden 5.16/421 5.54/290 6.52/209
Andy Carter England 6.24/223 4.76/497 did not run
Jöran Persåker Sweden 5.28/251 5.09/410 did not run
Thomas Nataas Norway 5.82/251 5.18/340 did not run
Alex Joon England 5.25/360 7.81/116 5.15/385
Monica Öberg Sweden 7.82/165 did not run 5.10/398

Comments session #1: Most teams in the 5.20´s which is very good for a first run of the weekend. The blower belt came off Micke´s car half track and that puts him way back in the field for now. Two more sessions scheduled saturday.

Comments session #2: Best run so far this season with the new car for Micke Kågered. Carter well ahead of the rest of the field running a stunning 4.76 sec/497 km/h! All in all a close field and not many failures. Still one more session to go this evening.

Comments session #3: During this last run Micke Kågered´s car overpowered the track and smoked the tires. Improvements for Öberg and Joon, not all teams out on the track.

ELIMINATIONS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR August 1st
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h -
QUARTER-FINALS
1 Urs Erbacher 7.22/256
8 BYE RUN SEMI-FINALS
Urs Erbacher 5.94/397
L.Andréasson 5.88/396
4 Dan Larsen 6.86/243
5 Leif Andréasson 5.94/345 FINAL
L. Andréasson 6.38/220
Ulf Leanders 5.80/393 WINNER!
2 Ulf Leanders 5.80/396
7 Arvid Grodem 6.43/364
Ulf Leanders 5.77/396
N.Andersson 6.24/347
3 N. Andersson 5.91/388
6 J. Johnsson 10.03/144

ENTRY LIST & QUALIFICATION RESULTS Top Methanol funny car
Top Methanol Funny Car
E.T. sec/speed km/h Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Niclas Andersson Sweden 5.95/387 5.90/391 38.38/136 5.89/392
Urs Erbacher Schweiz 5.83/401 5.87/399 5.87/398 5.89/382
Leif Andréasson Sweden broke 6.00/395 6.09/345 5.99/390
Ulf Leanders Sweden 5.86/393 did not run 11.89/112 5.89/382
Dan Larsen Denmark 7.49/201 6.19/378 6.66/? 5.90/395
Arvid Grodem Norway did not run 6.13/381 14.42/82 did not run
Jörgen Johnsson Sweden 6.84/327 6.02/388 7.64/193 did not run

Comments session #1: Once again a very quick and close methanol field at Mantorp. This time Erbacher back in good forma and quickest in the field with Leanders and Niclas close behind. Niclas two runs pretty much according to plan and with two more sessions scheduled saturday, we hope to improve some.

Comments session #2: Problems for Niclas when the blower belt snapped and ruined his run. Erbacher still quickest in the field.

Comments session #3: Niclas improved to the 3rd quickest position during this last session. Erbacher still in the lead followed by Ulf Leanders. Niclas is up against Jörgen Johnsson in the quarter finals.

The Nitro Nationals – FIA Round #2
Alastaro Raceway, Finland July 2-4th

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
TF TMFC
Winner Andy Carter Niclas Andersson
Runner Up Jöran Persåker Leif Andreasson
Low ET 4.97/447 (Andy Carter) 5.80/401 (Niclas Andersson)
Top Speed 5.01/466 (Andy Carter) 5.80/401 (Niclas Andersson)

Photo: Micke Kågered (left) discussing with mechanics Kjell, Thomas and Pärra before a run.

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER JULY 4th
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h -
QUARTER-FINALS
1 Jöran Persåker 10.70/135
8 BYE RUN SEMI-FINALS
Jöran Persåker 5.14/422
Smax Smith ?
4 Mikael Kågered 7.35/182
5 Smax Smith 5.03/463 FINAL
Jöran Persåker
(red-light)
Andy Carter 5.01/466
WINNER!
2 Tommy Möller 8.12/150
7 Thomas Nataas 8.42/150
Tommy Möller 8.04/150
Andy Carter 5.03/429
3 Alex Joon 5.66/313
6 Andy Carter 4.97/447

Comments quarter finals: As one day of qualifying were lost due to rain, it was more exciting than usual to see who got the best setup for today´s track conditions. With 7 cars on site, Persåker being the number qualifier had the advantage of a bye-run in the quarter finals. He used it to coast through to save time in between runs. Micke Kågered used all his drivers skill to try and outrun Smax Smith, but the tires spun and the setup of the car did not work with him. It was Smax who was first over the finish line. So Micke out of competition earlier than we would have hoped for. The run between Möller and Nathås were the weirdest of them all. Möller ahead from the starting line when his blower belt came off half track and he looked very close to the centerline. Nathås probably thinking the same, shut off to avoid the risk of an incident and both of them were just coasting the last part of the track in 150 km/h. It was Möller who crossed the finish line first and moves on to the semi final where he will face Andy Carter. Carter, although running in the high 4´s were not completely at ease with the track condition. So the two remaining Knut Söderqvist cars are up against each other in the semi´s. Who will it be in the final, 2003 chmapion Smax Smith or top fuel rookie Jöran Persåker and will Carter let Möller reapeat his win from the season opening event?

Comments semi finals: It was to be Persåker and Carter who presented the best performance in the semi-finals meaning Möller lost the chance of winning the second event in a row.

Comments final: This finals was decided already on the starting line when Persåker got too eager and red-lighted. Automatically the win goes to Andy Carter, who did prove himself well running a 5.01/466 km to complete the event! Micke Kågered was of course disappointed about loosing the quarter finals. “We would really have needed saturday´s qualification runs too”, he said and continues “at the moment we are struggling with more than one component in the setup and more runs is the only way we can learn and adjust. New car and new setup, so we just have to keep on trying when we come to Mantorp three weeks from now and hope we get it together better then”.

QUALIFICATION RESULTS Top Fuel Dragster
Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km/h Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Mikael Kågered Sweden 6.25/256 6.31/250 cancelled cancelled
Smax Smith England did not run 6.33/220 cancelled cancelled
Tommy Möller Sweden 5.61/328 did not run cancelled cancelled
Andy Carter England 11.03/156 6.63/219 cancelled cancelled
Jöran Persåker Sweden 5.33/366 did not run cancelled cancelled
Thomas Nataas Norway 9.49/130 did not run cancelled cancelled
Alex Joon England did not run 5.64/272 cancelled cancelled

Comments session #1; The first run of the weekend in top fuel were modest, as most teams were unsure about the track conditions and did not want to overpower the track. Accordingly this was not a full pass for Micke Kågered.
Impressive running by top fuel rookie Jöran Persåker, who took the lead of the field running 5.33 sec/366 km.
Smith and Joon not out on the track this first session. Smax´s car has been warmed up in the pits, so we are guessing he will be out in the 2nd session this evening.

Comments session #2; Micke thought he had it going, but the car shook at half track and valuable time was lost, so no improvement for Micke.. Lex Joon made his first pass of the weekend, no record time, but quickest this session. We can not tell if it was the blower belt or something else that ruined Smax Smith´s run. Still two runs to go saturday. The question is who will be running in the 4´s first?

The two sessions scheduled saturday were both cancelled due to rain. Eliminations are on sunday and we hope they will not be interrupted by the weather.

ELIMINATIONS 6-CAR LADDER TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR JULY 4th
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h -
QUARTER-FINALS
1 N. Andersson 5.80/401
6 Arvid Grodem 6.13/383 SEMI-FINALS
N. Andersson 12/?
BYE-RUN
7 BYE-RUN
8 BYE-RUN FINAL
N. Andersson 5.93/397
WINNER!
Andréasson 5.99/394
2 Dan Larsen 6.68/300
5 L. Andréasson 6.37/374
Andréasson 5.87/397
Urs Erbacher 5.97/398
3 Ulf Leanders ?/264
6 Urs Erbacher 6.07/391

Comments quarter finals: Niclas Andersson have not been the number one qualifier in methanol funny car before. In the quarter finals continued his great performance, improving again running a 5.80 sec. flat run at 401 km/h!!
However the engine was damaged during the run and the crew is working at maximum capacity to repair crank shaft in time for the semi-finals. In the other pairs Andréasson beat Dan Larsen. One of Larsen´s parachutes came out and he did not stand a chance. Erbacher outrun Leanders and will meet Andréasson for a place in the final.
Comments semi finals: As we were unsure of the repairs before the run was enough to cure the problem, we asked Niclas to take it easy on his bye-run. The engine is currently being checked to see if an engine change is needed.
The battle between Andréasson and Erbacher was a close one, where Andréasson found his good old shape just in time and performed a 5.87/397 km. So it will be an all Swedish final here in Finland- Andréasson vs. Andersson.

Comments finals: After having changed engine before the finals, we hoped the car would perform well, but as the engines are not identical there is always the risk it will not work out as expected. However this time, the car did its part as well as Niclas did his driving it. It was a nice side by side run, where Niclas Andersson was the one crossing the finish line first and by that took his first ever win in a methanol funny car. Great job by Niclas and the whole crew -all our top fuel and funny car mechanics worked together to get everything ready in time.

Niclas was congratulated by team owner Micke Kågered after his 5.83 run!

QUALIFICATION RESULTS Top Methanol Funny Car
Top Methanol Funny Car
E.T. sec/speed km/h Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Niclas Andersson Sweden 8.81/180 5.83/394 cancelled cancelled
Urs Erbacher Schweiz 6.02/? did not run
Leif Andréasson Sweden 7.39/198 6.11/386
Ulf Leanders Sweden 6.60/279 5.95/390
Dan Larsen Denmark 5.92/391 5.96/?
Arvid Grodem Norway 6.52/307 6.26/381

Comments session #1; Chief mechanic Göran Edman and Niclas Andersson agreed before the run, that it was not going to be a full pass. These cars are very sensitive and “snakelike” when the traction is so and so. Based on the computer reading a new decision will be taken when preparing the car for the next run. Dan Larsen is currently the man to beat, with Erbacher following.

Comments session #2; We had it going in England and we found it again here at Alastaro. After the 2nd session Niclas is the leader of the pack, running 5.83 sec and 394 km/h! We have a feeling some of the other teams want to have a say in this tomorrow- Leanders and Larsen in the 5´s too.. Andréasson struggling with tire shakes and not yet down to normal performance. Anyway, we are happy for the time being..

The remaining two sessions were cancelled due to rain all saturday.

Above: In focus.. Micke Kågered interviewed by the TV-team at Alastaro.

The FIA Main Event – FIA Round #1
Santa Pod Raceway, England, May 28-31th

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
TF TMFC
Winner Tommy Möller Urs Erbacher
Runner Up Andy Carter Dan Larsen
Low ET 4.83/306 (Andy Carter) 5.75/244 (Urs Erbacher)
Top Speed 4.87/306 (Andy Carter) 5.76/246 (Urs Erbacher)

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER MAY 31st
– elapsed time sec. and speed m.p.h. -
QUARTER-FINALS
1 Andy Carter 4.88/245
8 Smax Smith 4.96/286 SEMI-FINALS
Andy Carter 4.83/306
Mikael Kågered 10.53/53
4 Jon Webster 7.73/95
5 Mikael Kågered 5.29/231 FINAL
A. Carter 11.79/51
(red-light)
T. Möller 5.50/185 W!
2 Tommy Möller 5.06/272
7 Alex Joon 5.29/221
Tommy Möller 9.10/80
Thomas Natas 8.00/102 (red-light)
3 Jöran Persåker – broke -
6 Thomas Natas 14.19/70

COMMENTS QUARTER FINALS: Good win for Micke Kågered, who was not pleased with the time but appreciated the win a great deal. Smax Smith lost to Carter although running a great 4.96 sec. run, which would have been enough in any other pairing. So it is Kågered vs. Carter, which will be a real tough one. Tommy Möller must be considered the favorite in the battle against Nataas. Möller having performed well repeatedly all weekend.

COMMENTS SEMI FINALS: Wild ride for Micke as the smoked the tires and the car slided sideways. Nothing to say about loosing to Carter, whose team has performed brilliantly all weekend. Möller also on to the finals. Our bet will have to be on Carter in the final.

COMMENTS FINAL: Things don´t always go a expected. We have to admit we were wrong.. Carter got off the starting line a bit too quickly, setting off the red-light indication and by that he was disqualified. Möller´s blower belt came off 300 meters out, so no record time this last run of the event. Möller goes to next race as leader of the pack, however the season has just started and we are many that want to have a say in this years championship. So stay tuned for more action!

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
(each driver´s best result highligthed in red)

Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed m.p.h. Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Mikael Kågered Sweden did not run 10.35/52 5.75/168 8.40/98
Smax Smith England did not run did not run – broke – 9.43/83
Tommy Möller Sweden 4.99/266 did not run did not run 5.09/277
Andy Carter England 4.98/284 did not run 4.87/306 did not run
Jöran Persåker Sweden 5.29/209 did not run did not run – broke -
Jon Webster England did not run 7.66/102 5.41/258 did not run
Thomas Nataas Norway did not run did not run 6.50/123 did not run
Alex Joon England did not run 7.66/102 – broke – 10.68/79

COMMENTS Qualifications 1st session: Only three cars out this first session of the weekend. Micke Kågered´s car still in the pits caused by fuel pump problems during the warmup this morning. All set now and waiting to be out druring the 2nd session today, scheduled around 5 p.m. Rookie Jöran Persåker from Sweden, ran a personal best and are currently third quickest in the field.

COMMENTS Qualifications 2nd session: Tire vibrations for Micke Kågered made one of the chutes shook out half track together with a fuel hose that shook loose. Nitro on the track, but no damage to any parts. It is still one of the first runs with this new car and setup. We will work hard to perform better during sunday´s qualifying sessions, the first one scheduled around noon.

COMMENTS Qualifications 3rd session: Not a full pass for Micke, who shut off 300 meters out. Good enough run to make evaluations from to next run. Lex Joon and Smax Smith both having problems. Carter taking the lead of the field by far. Still a scattered field, which is not surprising as most teams run new cars and/or new setups this season. Still another try for the teams who needs it.. Micke Kågered´s crew is preparing the car for another shot.

COMMENTS Qualifications4th session: Last try for Micke and once again the tire shakes appeared, so Micke shut off early. Möller the only one making a good pass and his two runs so far have been very consistent. Carter is the guy to watch out for, running in the 4-´s. Micke Kågered is up against Jon Webster in monday´s quarter final, while Carter takes on Smax Smith, Möller meets Joon and Persåker opponent is Thomas Nataas. First run scheduled around 10 a.m.

ELIMINATIONS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR MAY 31st
– elapsed time sec. and speed m.p.h. -

QUARTER-FINALS
1 Dan Larsen 5.94/236
8 BYE RUN SEMI-FINALS
Dan Larsen 5.86/239
Arvid Grodem 6.09/235
4 L. Andréasson 6.11/222
5 Arvid Grodem 5.92/240 FINAL
Dan Larsen 6.87/?
U. Erbacher 6.37/235 W!
2 Urs Erbacher 5.75/244
7 Juergen Nagel 7.18/196
Urs Erbacher 5.76/246
Ulf Leanders 6.26/171
3 N. Andersson 5.87/240
(red-light)
6 Ulf Leanders 6.35/161

COMMENTS QUARTER FINALS: An unexpected early end of the weekend for Niclas Andersson, as he was a bit too eager on the atarting line and red-lighted. The car once again performing very well and consistent, but racing is racing and a quick time does not always make the job.Not Andréasson´s weekend either as troubles continued in the quarter finals with tire sjakes. Erbacher and Larsen performing impressively, as well as Arvid Grödem, who really got it going this first run. It could be a very tight race between Grödem and Larsen, while our guess is that Erbacher´s performance might be too tough for Leanders at the moment.

COMMENTS QUARTER FINALS: We can not say it is unexpected to find Erbacher and Larsen in the finals. The number one and number two qualifiers have been performing great this weekend. We do not dare to take a guess who is winning the final. It could well be decided on the starting line, who has the quicker reaction time.

COMMENTS FINAL: Larsen and Erbacher have been running quick all weekend, but slowed down during the finals. Erbacher was the one first over the finish line, while Larsen were pretty much all over his lane for a while. Well deserved for team Erbacher, who continues where the finished last season. Some disappointment in team Kågered, that we did not pass the quarter finals, but what is good is that the car was performing well during the weekend and that it was the human factor, not technical failure that put a stop to our participation in today´s race earlier than we would have wished for.

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR
(each driver´s best result highligthed in red)

Top Methanol Funny Car
E.T. sec/speed m.p.h. Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Niclas Andersson Sweden 6.07/235 5.97/237 5.90/239 7.74/85
Urs Erbacher Schweiz 6.27/203 6.12/234 5.86/243 5.87/242
Leif Andréasson Sweden did not run 5.90/208 11.42/74 11.73/68
Ulf Leanders Sweden 6.14/240 6.09/237 9.67/77 6.80/140
Dan Larsen Denmark 8.61/102 5.99/235 5.85/236 5.89/237
Juergen Nagel Germany 8.61/123 did not run 6.67/174 10.68/87
Arvid Grodem Norway 6.43/1555 5.95/236 6.13/238 6.49/228

COMMENTS Qualifications 1st session: Nice, straight pass for Niclas who was quickest of all this session. Still a lot to work on with the setup but we are well in the field and that was the most important thing with this run.
Another session scheduled at app. 6 p.m.

COMMENTS Qualifications 2nd session: Most teams lined up to run this second session as well. Andréasson back in good shape, quickest in the field, Niclas now third running 5.97. “We want to give Niclas some smooth runs, before trying to go quicker”, said crew chief Göran Edman and continues; ” when trying to go real quick there is always a risk there will be tire shakes or other problems. Niclas now starts to feel real confident with the driving and that is what we wanted to achieve today”, Edman concludes. Erbacher still struggling a bit, as were Leanders. Arvid Grödem improved a great deal from 6.43 to runing in the 5-second range. Two more sessions scheduled sunday, with the first one at noon local time.

COMMENTS Qualifications 3rd session: A bit shakier for Niclas this time, also going a bit quicker than before. In fact, 5.90 is a new personal best for Niclas, who really is getting the hang of driving the methanol car now. Still adjustments to be made, to repeat or even better, run quicker during the last qualification session. Erbacher and Larsen, now back in the top of the field, just as many times last season. So..we have a tight, competitive methanol funny car field here at Santa Pod!

COMMENTS Qualifications 3rd session: A planned “less than full pass” last run for Niclas, which means he are facing Ulf Leanders in the quarter finals. Larsen has the advantage of a solo run in the quarter finals, as only 7 cars are qualified. Andréasson takes on Grödem and Erbacher run against Nagel. Our guess is that it we will se further runs in the 5.80 range tomorrow, at least past the quarter finals. First run scheduled around 10.45 a.m.

Results 2003

TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

Name Round
#1 Round
#2 Round
#3 Round
#4 Round
#5 Round
#6 Total
1 Smax Smith England 93 76 37 35 62 95 398
2 Mikael Kågered Sweden 34 95 35 96 34 73 367
3 Tommy Möller Sweden 35 34 53 74 75 56 327
4 Kim Reymond Denmark 56 34 83 63 38 43 317
5 Anita Mäkelä Finland 37 63 36 53 – 12 201
6 Andy Carter England 43 57 74 24 – - 198
7 Peter Beck Schweiz – - – - 94 37 131
8 Oyvor Jacobsen Norway 54 – - 37 – - 91
9 Susanne Callin Sweden – - 54 – - 34 88
10 Gary Page England 73 – - – - – 73
11 Darryl Bradford England – - – - – 53 53
12 Brady Calivoda USA – - – - 36 – 36
13 Jon Webster England – - – - – 34 34

TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR

Name Round
#1 Round
#2 Round
#3 Round
#4 Round
#5 Round
#6 Total
1 Urs Erbacher Switzerland 103 103 83 97

94
54 534
2 Dan Larsen Denmark 55 36 36 75 35

97
334
3 Ulf Leanders Sweden 33 74 55 46 38 83 329
4 Leif Andreasson Sweden 77 57 37 63 62 26 322
5

Niclas Andersson Sweden
56 35 34 34 66 54 279
6 Fredrik Fagerström Sweden 34 54 53 34 12 35 222
7 Martin Lundqvist Sweden – 33 33 33 23 33 155
8 Jörgen Johnsson Sweden – 12 74 – 33 – 119
9 Stephanie Milam England 33 – - – - 33 66
10 Dezsoe Krivan Switzerland 24 – - 34 34 – 58
11 Juergen Nagel Germany 12 – 12 12 12 – 36
12 Jarmo Kuutniemi Finland – 33 – - – - 33
13 Doug Ripley England 12 – - – - 12 24
12 Dennis Wratten England 0 – - – - 12 12

You can find the official FIA European Drag Racing Championship point standings here (PDF)

FIA European Finals – FIA Round #6
Santa Pod Raceway, England, September 5-7th

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

TF TMFC
Winner Smax Smith Dan Larsen
Runner Up Mikael Kågered Ulf Leanders
Low ET 4.645/317.56 (Kim Reymond) 5.666/248.18 (Ulf Leanders)
Top Speed 4.645/317.56 (Kim Reymond) 5.812/248.55 (Urs Erbacher)

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed m.p.h. Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3
Mikael Kågered Sweden 12.45/52 5.59/217 7.52/116
Peter Beck Schweiz did not run 4.94/263 4.93/287
Tommy Möller Sweden 5.27/279 5.46/214 4.98/299
Anita Mäkelä Finland 10.17/75 6.04/144 did not run
Smax Smith Great Britain 5.33/251 5.04/290 did not run
Kim Reymond Denmark 7.13/113 4.64/317 did not run
Jon Webster Great Britain 5.41/231 8.08/90 did not run
Susanne Callin Sweden 16.46/34 5.09/284 did not run
Darryl Bradford Great Britain 11.62/67 5.60/208 did not run

COMMENTS Qualifications 1st session:

As usual at the first top fuel session the field were scattered. Micke Kågered´s car shook tires so bad the parachutes came out at half track. Overpowering the track seemed to be the general problem. Callin´s blower belt came off and ruined her try. Möller looking pretty good as Smax Smith (although damage to the engine was the result of this run). Not much to say as it is only the beginning of the qualifications. The only question is; who will be the first to run into the 4´s tomorrow?

Kågered (right) and Reymond in friday´s qualifications

COMMENTS Qualifications 2nd session:

High class performance, when Peter Beck was first in the 4´s this weekend and Kim Reymond set a new European time and speed record in the pair after! Kågered still struggling with tire shakes, this time managed to drive through it but had already lost time at that point. Still one more session so lets hope our crew can work on a better working combination for Micke until then. Mäkelä also in trouble, performing way off at the moment and Möller also somewhat off from the performance we are used to see from his team.

COMMENTS Qualifications 3rd session:

Not many cars out on the track this session, only the ones that re3ally needed to improve including Micke Kågered. The setup had been changed to this run, but still the result proved to be tires shakes. That puts him in the no#7 spot in the ladder, which means he will be up against Peter Beck in the quarter finals. Beck has been running in the 4,90´s so on the paper it looks like a tough task. Möller improved and joined Beck and Reymond in the 4´s, now 3rd quickest. Mäkelä broke parts both yesterday and today and could not make the last session, which means she is out of the ladder (if all other eight cars are fit for fight that is). She stands as first alternate.

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
– elapsed time sec. and speed m.p.h. -

QUARTER-FINALS
1 Kim Reymond 5.40/180
8 D. Bradford 55.32/262 SEMI-FINALS
Darryl Bradford – broke -
Smax Smith 9.11/92
4 Smax Smith 9.89/104
5 S. Callin – no time – FINAL
S. Smith 5.05/292 W!
Micke Kågered 5.64/194
2 Peter beck 4.91/264
7 Micke Kågered 4.92/287
Micke Kågered 5.19/268
Tommy Möller 5.49/182
3 Tommy Möller 10.79/75
6 Jon Webster – broke -

COMMENTS Eliminations Quarter-finals:

Interesting scenario as all top four drivers in the points standings were spread in different pairs for the eliminations. In theory it could all come down to the final of the event before all is decided. Micke Kågered did not have any luck during the qualifications, the main problem being that this car works so completely different from the other two cars in Knut Söderqvist´s operation. All three cars tuned by Alan Jackson, who did a great job for Smax Smith and Susanne Callin during qualifications. However, when it all came down to it for the eliminations Kågered had it. Not only did he run a good 4.92, he won the race at the starting line by having a quicker reaction time than Beck (Beck running one hundred of a second quicker). We were in for some surprises as FIA leading Smax Smith got a shaky ride against Susanne Callin. Callin´s blower belt however came off right after the start and Smith took the win although performing modest. The run between Möller and rookie Webster became a bye run as Webster got a fuel leak after the burnout. European record holder Kim Reymond was surprisingly put out of further competition by Darryl Bradford, which means he lost the chance to be the FIA champion. Three drivers remain then.. Smith, now 11 points ahead of Kågered and 31 points ahead of Möller. The bad news is that team Kågered is in for an engine change for next round, so the time is critical at the moment.

COMMENTS Eliminations Semi-finals:

The thriller continues and now three drivers are down to two in the battle for the championship title. Darryl Bradfors was unfortunately taken out of comptetition before the run as he could not get the reverse gear in after the burnout. That meant a bye run for Smith and he chose to go easy on the parts. Tommy Möller was out first from the starting line and in in the lead by half a car length until after 300 meters where Micke finally cought up to and passed Möller. So it all comes down to the final.. The one who wins the final wins the championship. An engine change is needed for team Kågered again and time is real crucial once again to make it in time for the final.

COMMENTS Eliminations Final:

After two engine changes and a lot of hard work by the crew Micke Kågered made a grand sorti in a ball of fire over the finish line, when the engine caught fire at half track. Very spectacular but under control so Micke was never in danger. The race was lost by a car length and from behind it was impossible to see who was the winner. Congratulations are in order to Smax Smith and team and we can only say one thing.. we did what we could!

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR

Top Methanol Funny Car
E.T. sec/speed m.p.h. Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Niclas Andersson Sweden 6.39/202 6.00/226 – broke – 7.11/116
Urs Erbacher Schweiz 8.48/124 5.91/244 6.08/186 6.22/160
Leif Andréasson Sweden 5.89/242 5.87/242 5.79/242 did not run
Fredrik Fagerström Sweden 17.27/40 5.91/230 5.89/236 6.06/214
Ulf Leanders Sweden 6.04/188 10.96/76 5.72/248 5.66/248
Stephanie Milam Great Britain 10.55/89 6.97/209 7.26/167 6.88/210
Dan Larsen Denmark 7.02/204 5.78/238 5.88/236 5.72/244
Martin Lundqvist Sweden – broke – 8.17/142 6.89/152 6.73/163
Dennis Wratten Great Britain – 17.97/26 did not run did not run
Doug Ripley Great Britain 8.02/138 – 8.15/121 10.00/82

COMMENTS Qualifications 1st session:

Niclas Andersson did have some kind of staging problem as he in the process passed the photo cells and started the timing system early without actually launching. In reality it mean the elapsed time 6.39 should have been at least a low 6.. Nothing wrong with the track as Andréasson showed the field by running 5.89 in this first session (without brakes as he later found out). Erbacher started modest, but as we know there is more to come from that team. Lundqvist got into trouble after the burnout and never completed the run. Still one more session later this afternoon and we will see where we stand after that..

COMMENTS Qualifications 2nd session:

During the second session the field were tighter. Andersson improving as most of the others. Andréasson still in the 80´s and Dan Larsen now quickest in the field. Our guess is that we will see more cars in the 5.70´s before the qualifications are over. Two more sessions scheduled for saturday and the heat is on..

COMMENTS Qualifications 3rd session:

Improvement once again. This time Leanders took the lead away from Dan Larsen. Andréasson improved greatly to 5.79, but that only is the 3rd quickest time in the field at the moment. Problems occured for Niclas Andersson when staring the engine, which meant he could not proceed. Nothing major, so Niclas will appear at the last qualification session a bit later.

COMMENTS Qualifications 4th session:

The plan for Niclas Andersson this last qualification run was to make a half pass and that went smooth and looked real good on the computer printout afterwards. Impressive performance by team Leanders, who by running 5.66 took the no#1 spot and as far as we know run a new European quickest. Other than that no improvements for any of the other teams. Andréasson broke the engine during the 3rd session and as it looks they do not have the parts needed to be in the elimination ladder sunday. If not, the no#9 qualifier (Doug Ripley) will take Andréassons place and is then up against Niclas Andersson in the quarter finals.

ELIMINATIONS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR
– elapsed time sec. and speed m.p.h. -

QUARTER-FINALS
1 Ulf Leanders 5.72/247
8 S Milam – broke – SEMI-FINALS
Ulf Leanders 5.72/246
Urs Erbacher 5.81/248
4 F. Fagerström 7.94/110
5 Urs Erbacher 5.91/246 FINAL
Ulf Leanders 6.00/179
Dan Larsen 5.79/239 W!
2 Dan Larsen 5.80/239
7 M. Lundqvist 14.27/52
Dan Larsen 5.85/237
N. Andersson 6.11/191
3 Doug Ripley 8.67/123 (alternate for Andréasson)
6 N. Andersson 6.04/236

COMMENTS Eliminations Quarter-finals:

As team Andréasson could not get hold of parts to put together another engine for the eliminations. That meant first alternate Doug Ripley took Andréasson´s place in the quarter finals against Niclas Andersson. The win for Niclas was clear and he is on to the semi-finals where he is up against Dan Larsen. Tough task for Andersson, but anything can happen. Erbacher, starting to get closer to his “normal standard and the semi-final between him and Ulf Leanders will be a thriller for sure! All in all, the favourites still in the race and in a few hours time will will know the outcome of the next round.

COMMENTS Eliminations Semi-finals:

Andersson got a scary ride as he got oil under one of the rear tires and almost hit the guardrail. Luckily, as Niclas is a skilled driver he managed to sort it out, but the run was lost. Not much to say as Larsen did well. European champion Erbacher was put out of competition by Leanders, who is the surprise and gigant of the weekend for sure. A final between Larsen/Leanders could is going to be real exciting.

COMMENTS Eliminations Final:

Although Leanders have been the man of the event, when it all came down to it, it was Dan Laresn who had it all together in the final. Worthy winner and our congratulations goes to them as well as team Leanders who set an unofficial new european time record of 5.66 seconds!

Nitro Olympics – FIA Round #5
Hockenheim Ring, Germany, August 22-24th

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

TF TMFC
Winner Peter Beck Urs Erbacher
Runner Up Tommy Möller Niclas Andersson
Low ET 5.14/467 (Smax Smith) 5.92/385 (L. Andreasson)
Top Speed 5.14/467 (Smax Smith) 6.06/388 (N. Andersson)

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km/h Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3
Mikael Kågered Sweden did not run 7.44/216 7.71/174
Peter Beck Schweiz 8.60/? 19.34/301 did not run
Tommy Möller Sweden did not run 5.63/367 5.59/430
Brady Kalivoda USA 13./? 16.20/98 5.58/341
Smax Smith Great Britain did not run 5.39/414 did not run
Kim Reymond Denmark did not run 9.79/238 5.24/451

COMMENTS Qualifications 1st session:

Most teams decided not to run, since the track was not in a condition to take the power that a top fueler possess. Beck and Kalivoda just went out and did burnouts for the crowd and took their cars down the track as smooth as they could.

COMMENTS Qualifications 2nd session:

The track was worked on overnight to improve the traction. This morning is was better, but still needs to be improved. Micke Kågered lost traction 100 meters out and shut off as soon as he realised there was no use. Möller and Smith quickest in the field so far, but performance far from what we are used to see. Still one session remaining before the end of the day and as it looks teams need to take off power from the cars to calm them down as well as they can.

COMMENTS Qualifications 3rd session:

Once again traction problem for team Kågered and the car smoked the tires. Improvement for Reymond, Kalivoda and Möller. Reymond now quickest in the field. Smith and Beck not out this session due to breakage the run before. However they will be in the ladder in sundays eliminations.

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h -

QUARTER-FINALS
1 Kim Reymond 5.21/462
6 Peter Beck 5.16/466 SEMI-FINALS
Peter Beck 14.67/120
– bye -
– bye -
– bye – FINAL
Peter Beck 5.21/458 W!
Tommy Möller 5.26/458
2 Smax Smith 5.14/467
5 Micke Kågered 5.50/348
Smax Smith 5.66/310
Tommy Möller 5.46/448
3 Brady Kalivoda 5.46/417
4 Tommy Möller 5.19/440

COMMENTS Eliminations Quarter-finals:

Six cars on site means a six-car ladder. Advantage for the winner in the pair Reymond/Beck who gets a solo run in the semi-finals. Peter Beck, who did not achieve much during the qualifications got it right in the quarter finals against Reymond. Reymond´s car lost traction half track and that was enough for Beck to take the win. The run Kågered/Smith were a very close race where Micke Kågered had the race until the last 50 meters. Mölller´s improving performance from the qualifications was enough to beat US Brady Kalivoda. So Beck is without pressure in the semi-finals. The battle between Smith and Möller is bound to be a thriller..

COMMENTS Eliminations Semi-finals:

.. and a thriller it was.. both cars smoked the tires and for a fragment of a second it looked like Smith would take the win, when the car stopped pulling. It later showed to be the crank that broke. Beck in a semi-final solo run chose to go easy on the parts.

COMMENTS Eliminations Final:

Peter Beck is back for sure and he proved it by winning the event here in Hockenheim. Close final as it should be. Beck will be running at Santa Pod two weeks, but has nothing to do with the battle of the championship title this year.

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR

Top Methanol Funny Car
E.T. sec/speed km/h Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3
Niclas Andersson Sweden 6.28/374 6.06/388 6.08/387
Urs Erbacher Schweiz 6.66/345 6.17/378 6.92/?
Leif Andreasson Sweden did not run – broke – 6.05/349
Fredrik Fagerström Sweden did not run 7.20/122 did not run
Ulf Leanders Sweden did not run 6.02/374 6.07/383
Dan Larsen Denmark did not run 6.13/382 6.38/382
Martin Lundqvist Sweden – broke – 7.10/289 did not run
Dezsoe Krivan Sweden did not run 6.74/342 6.39/361
Jörgen Johnsson Sweden 6.91/391 7.91/210 6.56/352
Jürgen Nagel Germany 8.61/? – broke – 7.27/255

COMMENTS Qualifications 1st session:

One session run today and the confusion was total as the session first was cancelled and then not, which meant some of the teams did not get the word to line up. Anyway, modest preformance by the teams that actually was out on the track. Niclas quickest in the field with 6.28 and we are of course pleased with that. The track will be worked on overnight and we expect to see more normal standards of performance during saturday. The weather still very hot and with forecast to stay that way.

COMMENTS Qualifications 2nd session:

One session run today and the confusion was total as the session first was cancelled and then not, which meant some of the teams did not get the word to line up. Anyway, modest preformance by the teams that actually was out on the track. Niclas quickest in the field with 6.28 and we are of course pleased with that. The track will be worked on overnight and we expect to see more normal standards of performance during saturday. The weather still very hot and with forecast to stay that way.

COMMENTS Qualifications 3rd session:

Some changes occured during this last qualifying session as we anticipated. Andréasson now second quickest, Leanders and Andersson continued consistent. Lundqvist have parked his car for the weekend after his race car body was too badly damaged earlier today.

ELIMINATIONS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h -
QUARTER-FINALS
1 Ulf Leanders 6.13/284
8 F. Fagerström 5.98/372 SEMI-FINALS
F. Fagerström 6.97/282
Urs Erbacher 6.02/386
4 Dan Larsen 6.21/?
5 Urs Erbacher 6.10/385 FINAL
U. Erbacher 6.47/275 W!
N. Andersson – no show -
2 L. Andréasson 5.92/385
7 J. Johnsson 6.51/310
l. Andréasson 6.08/378
N. Andersson 6.10/375
3 N. Andersson 6.09/385
6 Dezsoe Krivan 6.11/361

COMMENTS Eliminations Quarter-finals:

Really an unexpected and exciting quarter final session. First pair out was first alternate Fredde Fagerström, who took out no#1 qualifyer Ulf Leanders from further competition. The race Andersson/Krivan was a thriller where where Niclas had problems with tire shakes and barely beat Krivan. Andréasson back in good shape running in the 5´s. Erbacher further to the semi-finals, but the race between him and Larsen was a close call.

COMMENTS Eliminations Semi-finals:

A continued thriller in the semi-final between Andréasson and Andersson where Andréasson had the quicker time, but lost the race anyway on the starting line. The happiness for team Kågered may not last long as the engine on Niclas car is badly damaged and at the moment we are looking to find out if a engine change car cure it or if the damage is too extensive to make it in time for the finals..

COMMENTS Eliminations Final:

Another 5 minutes and we would have made it in time for the final. Extensive damage, not only to the engine meant we had to switch engine and make major repairs on the intake manifold and more. Well, well big disappointment but we really did what we could to make it to the finals and only gave up when we heard Urs doing the burnout on the track.

Gardemoen Drag Challenge – FIA Round #4
Gardemoen Raceway, Norway, August 1-3rd

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

TF TMFC
Winner Mikael Kågered Urs Erbacher
Runner Up Tommy Möller Dan Larsen
Low ET 4.76/487 (Kim Reymond) 5.70/400 (L. Andreasson)
Top Speed 4.76/487 (Kim Reymond) 5.74/404 (Urs Erbacher)

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km/h Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3
Mikael Kågered Sweden – broke – 5.04/398 4.95/467
Øyvor Jacobsen Norway did not run 4.93/? did not run
Tommy Möller Sweden 10.87/123 5.16/457 5.23/458
Anita Mäkelä Finland 6.20/227 – broke – 5.28/309
Smax Smith Great Britain 4.97/458 did not run did not run
Kim Reymond Denmark 6.22/227 6.01/255 4.76/487
Andy Carter Great Britain 11.70/125 5.24/356 did not run

COMMENTS Qualifications 1st session:

Scattered top fuel performance this first session with lots of initial problems for the teams.. Micke Kågered -reverese gear failure after the burnout. Reymond had it going when the blower belt snapped (same as for Micke Kågered at Mantorp last weekend). Carter, Mäkelä and Möller had what seemed to be traction problems. The man of the day for sure Smax Smith running 4.97 as last man out in this session. Impressive.. Two more runs scheduled saturday.

COMMENTS Qualifications 2nd session:

At last Micke Kågered is getting it together. WIth full throttle only 4.01 seconds his pass was 5.04 seconds, which says a little of the potential. Carter did an OK pass, but got two flat tires after the finish line (looked like parts from the engine cut the tires). Carter himself was completely OK, but the chassis was damaged and can´t be used more this weekend. At the moment team Carter are trying to get a complete car again by using Knut Söderqvist spare car (driven at Mantorp by Susanne Callin). Impressive performance by Rune Fjeld´s car with Norwegian Öyvor Jacobsen behind the wheel.

COMMENTS Qualifications 3rd session:

We had it going last run.. and here it came. Micke Kågered´s first 4-second run in the new car. Stunningly enough Kim Reymond set a new “currently quickest in Europe E.T” in the pair before Micke. Can Reymond back it up during sunday´s eliminations? We will just have to wait and see..

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h -

QUARTER-FINALS

Kim Reymond 8.09/156

- bye – SEMI-FINALS
Kim Reymond 7.26/182
Tommy Möller 5.19/458
Smax Smith disqualified
T. Möller 10.38/148 FINAL
Tommy Möller 5.31/453
M. Kågered 5.07/403 W!

Ø.Jacobsen 5.54/277

Anita Mäkelä 5.04/372
Anita Mäkelä 13.50/?
M. Kågered 5.05/435
Mikael Kågered 13.27/?
Andy Carter – no show -

COMMENTS Eliminations Quarter-finals:

Mäkelä took the win over Jacobsen easy as Jacobsen was slow from the startline. Reymond did not make a full pass, probably according to plan as he had a solo run. Smith was disqualifeid after having taken off the windshield panel from the car and with that Möller also knew he had a solo run. Micke As Carter did not get another car together for the race, Kågered´s pass was a solo run. That proved to be a stroke of luck as he blew the engine half track (a piston out the block) and we are in for an engine change for the semi-finals against Mäkälä. Möller is up against Reymond.

COMMENTS Eliminations Semi-finals:

Reymond somewhat unexpectedly out in the semi-final against Möller. Smax Smith´s crew came to help team Kågered and the change of engine went very smootly. After the hard work it was a blast to get out on the track and run 5.05 in the semi´s. Something happened for Mäkelä and at half track she was hopelessly after Micke. Kågered and Möller in the final, where Micke gets the lane choice.

COMMENTS Eliminations Final:

Micke Kågered was out first from the starting line and lead all the way. The car seemd to loose some power at the last part of the track, but a 5.07 against Möller´s 5.31 was quite sufficeint to take the win! Second FIA win for team Kågered, who now takes the lead in the points standings from Smax Smith.

QUALIFICATION RESULTS METHANOL FUNNY CAR

Top Methanol Funny Car
E.T. sec/speed km/h Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Niclas Andersson Sweden 6.18/373 15.37/? 6.16/377 7.14/193
Urs Erbacher Schweiz 5.80/402 5.77/399 5.72/404 – broke -
Leif Andreasson Sweden 13.53/82 5.74/399 8.98/143 5.70/400
Fredrik Fagerström Sweden 6.22/372 6.01/392 6.75/245 5.99/389
Ulf Leanders Sweden 5.79/396 5.89/395 5.78/400 5.81/398
Dan Larsen Denmark 5.95/389 6.00/377 5.80/397 – broke -
Martin Lundqvist Sweden did not run 6.30/351 did not run did not run

COMMENTS Qualifications 1st session:

Surprise of the day was Ulf Leanders running 5.79/396 km right off the trailer! That meant Urs Erbacher was not quickets today as we have gotten prrety used to by now. Erbacher and Larsen also in the 5´s while the rest of the bunch need to make adjustments to match the track better. Andréasson experienced tire shakes, Anderssons´s car to weak and adjustments will be made accordingly. Lundqvist not out this session.

COMMENTS Qualifications 2nd session:

Wow, what a performance this second TMFC session. Andréasson stunned everyone by running 5.74 and now is back in the top where we have been used to see him the last seasons. Continued good perforemance by Erbacher, Leanders. Larsen somewhat slower than yesterday, but we know there is more to come. Personal best for Fredde Fagerström, who doubles this weekend and also run his Pro Mod car, he set a personal best there as well this morning running 6.49! Team Kågered still way off in adjustments and Andersson shut off early as the car was barely drivable. Major changes made for next run, let´s hope that works better.

COMMENTS Qualifications 3rd session:

Again Erbacher in the lead after a stunning 5.72/404 km. This was the quickest TMFC session ever. It says it all when Dan Larsen runs a 5.80 and with that is only qualified number four! Andréasson and Fagerström having problems overpowering the track and had to shut off early. Andersson´s run looked OK, but the clutch still needs adjusting. One more run scheduled. We are running behind schedule but the conditions will only get better as the air gets cooler (sunny and warm here at Gardermoen).

COMMENTS Qualifications 4th session:

Once again quickets methanol session ever in Europe performancewise. Andréasson dramatically snatched the no#1 qualifying spot from Erbacher by running a “quickest in Europe” 5.70 flat! Erbacher was lined up but could not get the engine started. Good session also for Fagerström, who run his first 5-second run and was very pleased with that. Larsen´s blower belt snapped in the burnout and that completed his day. Leanders again quick. He has been out on the track in all four session with a slowest E.T. of 5.89 seconds.. very impressive! Andersson had it coming to half track when the transmission broke (we had a high 5.80 going considering all details on the timeslip). Bad luck this time as the clutch seemed to be matching the track better this time.

ELIMINATIONS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h -
QUARTER-FINALS

L. Andréasson 6.74/218

- bye – SEMI-FINALS
L. Andréasson 6.04/395
Dan Larsen 5.88/394
Dan Larsen 5.90/390
F. Fagerström ?/? FINAL
Dan Larsen 5.78/401
U. Erbacher 5.74/404 W!

Urs Erbacher 5.72/399

M. Lundqvist 13.39/96
Urs Erbacher 5.76/403
Ulf Leanders 6.57/231
Ulf Leanders 5.76/399
N. Andersson 5.95/387

COMMENTS Eliminations Quarter-finals:

Stroke of luck for Andréasson to have a bye-run as the blower belt came off half track. Major front wheel lift for Lundqvist right from the start and he had no chance against Erbacher. Larsen outran Fagerström and Andersson was beaten by Leanders, although running his best E.T. of the weekend. No major surprises – Andréasson, Erbacher, Leanders and Larsen on to the semi-finals.

COMMENTS Eliminations Semi-finals:

Not much to do about Urs Erbacher, who is a class of his own right now. Andréasson broke the clutch last run and changed it for this run. We don´t know what went wrong, but something happened during the run. Larsen has snapped a blower belt almost every run and did so this time as well. However it must have been after the finish line.

COMMENTS Eliminations Final:

Tough call for Larsen who lost to Erbacher despite running a stunning 5.78 second-run. What can we say, that Swiss guys are just impossible to outrun at the moment!

Veidec Nitro Festival – FIA Round #3
Mantorp Park, Sweden, July 24-27th

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

TF TMFC
Winner – -
Runner Up – -
Low ET 4.89/475 (Kim Reymond) 5.79/399 (Urs Erbacher)
Top Speed 4.95/401 (Kim Reymond) 5.80/401 (Urs Erbacher)

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km/h Session
#1 Session
#2
Mikael Kågered Sweden 5.28/374 5.06/444
Susanne Callin Sweden 5.18/389 -
Tommy Möller Sweden 23.30/43 8.81/153
Anita Mäkelä Finland 6.75/189 5.05/354
Smax Smith Great Britain 4.954/466 -
Kim Reymond Denmark 4.952/483 5.10/420
Andy Carter Great Britain 5.58/309 5.24/399

COMMENTS Qualifications friday:

First 4-second run at Mantorp was performed by Kim Reymond. He was soon followed by Smax Smith in the 4´s. Micke Kågered´s car lost cylinders and power at the last part of the track. Currently qualified number four, Micke Kågered hope to improve performance saturday when two more qualifications are scheduled.

COMMENTS Qualifications saturday:

Micke Kågered improved saturday by running 5.06. By that Micke and Anita Mäkelä were the two quickest in the field for the day. However the 4-second runs performed by Smith and Reymond friday proved to last as quickest, since the last qualifying session had to be cancelled when heavy rain reached Mantorp Park late saturday afternoon. The elimination ladder accordingly looks as above..

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h -

QUARTER-FINALS

Kim Reymond 5.52/288

- bye – SEMI-FINALS
Kim Reymond 4.89/475
Susanne Callin 7.46/195
M. Kågered 11.43/110
Susanne Callin 5.43/417 FINAL
K. Reymond – cancelled
Andy Carter – cancelled
Smax Smith 10.99/111
Tommy Möller 4.96/470
Tommy Möller 5.39/432
Andy Carter 5.37/452
Anita Mäkelä 5.15/337
Andy Carter 5.11/461

COMMENTS Eliminations:

There was nothing wrong with the Mantorp track this year, preparations had been thorough and performance in the top fuel class was the best ever at Mantorp so far. Micke Kågered had a tough weekend as the blower belt came off the car already 100 meters out in the quarter finals ans he was out. Callin accordingly into the semi-finals against Reymond, where her luck proved to be gone. Major engine failure meant she was out as well. Möller, who have had problems earlier this season with tire shakes found the combination for Mantorp just in time for the eliminations, where he followed Smith and Reymond in the 4´s by running 4.96 in the quarter finals. The semi-final between Möller and Andy Carter was close and it was Carter that came out as the winner of that battle. Unfortunately rain stopped the organisers from running the final between Carter and Reymond. A final that would probably have provided the huge spectator crowd with more 4-second runs.

QUALIFICATION RESULTS METHANOL FUNNY CAR

Top Methanol Funny Car
E.T. sec/speed km/h Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3
Niclas Andersson Sweden 6.22/326 5.99/388 6.11/368
Urs Erbacher Schweiz 5.87/396 5.83/399 -
Leif Andreasson Sweden 5.97/387 – 5.89/392
Fredrik Fagerström Sweden 6.37/336 6.60/330 6.08/376
Ulf Leanders Sweden 5.99/386 – 5.97/390
Dan Larsen Denmark 6.10/381 5.95/387 -
Martin Lundqvist Sweden 9.57/109 6.37/364 11.71/118
Jörgen Johnsson Sweden 7.37/325 6.01/380 6.04/382
Jürgen Nagel Germany 8.95/219 – -

COMMENTS Qualifications friday:

Two sessions were cut down to one since it rained part of the day. Team Kågered underestimated the conditions of the track and Niclas run was not among the quickest in the field. Three teams in the 5´s with Erbacher running outstandingly as he has been so far this season. Saturday will be a most interesting day with at track that seems to be very well prepared. Niclas is currently in the fifth qualifying spot.Two sessions were cut down to one since it rained part of the day. Team Kågered underestimated the conditions of the track and Niclas run was not among the quickest in the field. Three teams in the 5´s with Erbacher running outstandingly as he has been so far this season. Saturday will be a most interesting day with at track that seems to be very well prepared. Niclas is currently in the fifth qualifying spot.

COMMENTS Qualifications saturday:

Niclas Andersson got to run in the 5´s for the first time today and by that qualified as number 5. Erbacher still outstanding, Andréasson improving and Leanders back ingood form again. The last session was cancelled due to rain, which leave the elimination ladder looking as above.

ELIMINATIONS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h -

QUARTER-FINALS

Urs Erbacher 5.79/399

M. Lundqvist 6.76/253 SEMI-FINALS
Urs Erbacher 5.80/401
Ulf Leanders 5.83/393
Ulf Leanders 6.84/229
N. Andersson – broke – FINAL
U. Erbacher – cancelled -
J. Johnsson – cancelled -

L. Andréasson 6.66/226

F. Fagerström 6.02/377

F. Fagerström 6.24/376
J. Johnsson 5.93/370
Dan Larsen 5.90/364
J. Johnsson 5.95/362

COMMENTS Eliminations:

Not team Kågered´s luckiest race day in history, that´s for sure. Niclas Andersson was shut off after the burnout as fuel were leaking from a timer in the fuel system of the car. Very unfortunate as Andersson has really started to get the hang of it now, running in the 5´s during qualifications. As Niclas was shut off, Leanders automatically was set for the semi-final, where Erbacher was the man to beat. Tough call for Laenders, who got beaten although running a 5.83 second run. That would have done the job against any other team, but not team Erbacher at the moment. On the other half of the ladder Andréasson was surprisingly out already in the quarter finals as he was all over the track and had to shut off. Fagerström for the second event in a row in the semi-finals, but there Johnsson proved to be a too tough task. Johnsson who has one of the finest cars of all, has finally found a working combination and are closing in fast on the rest of the field. The final Erbacher/Johnsson (as all other finals) was cancelled due to heavy rain over the Mantorp area. A real pity, as Johnsson would probably have given Erbacher a good race for the title this weekend!

FHRA Nitro Nationals – FIA Round #2
Alastaro Circuit, Finland, July 4-6th

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

TF TMFC
Winner Mikael Kågered Urs Erbacher
Runner Up Smax Smith Ulf Leanders
Low ET 4.96/361 (Anita Mäkelä) 5.83/398 (Urs Erbacher)
Top Speed 5.16/450 (Smax Smith) 6.80/401 (Urs Erbacher)

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km/h Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Mikael Kågered Sweden 5.84/253 6.11/218 5.35/359 6.11/241
Tommy Möller Sweden – broke – 9.29/132 16.45/? 6.32/231
Anita Mäkelä Finland 4.96/361 – 8.12/152 -
Smax Smith Great Britain 8.21/138 5.19/431 – 5.55/406
Kim Reymond Denmark – 15.86/105 5.81/297 5.81/297
Andy Carter Great Britain 9.70/? 8.73/142 5.81/297 5.81/297

New season- new car- new design. Micke by the top fueler in Finland

COMMENTS 1st session:

Well, well.. this was definately the lady´s run as Anita Mäkelä showed the spectators how to do a proper top fuel run. A fuel line shook losse off Micke Kågered´s car and he was just washed all over in nitro (no damage caused however). Carter looked like he had overpowered the car and for a glimpse of a second it looked like the back tires were not touching the ground at all. Möller shutoff by the starter as it was considered he took too long to get in start position. Reymond not out on the track this session. Smax Smith who won the first FIA round, started this weekend in a modest way, but nothing broken so it seems like they just need to change the setup at bit. One more session to this evening..

COMMENTS 2nd session:

Anita Mäkelä not out this run, but still in the lead after it.. Smax Smith managed a decent 5.19 in the same pair as Micke Kågered. Kågered tried to pedal the car down the track, but was not satiesfied with the outcome and shut off early. Möller and Reymond had traction problems too. Carter as well at first, but seemed to get hold of it when the blower belt came off the car. Still Only Anita in the 4-second range, but we are counting on more of the teams to join her saturday. Three more sessions scheduled. Our guess is that most teams will choose to run two runs.. Team Kågered has some work to do on the top fueler. The bolts to the camshaft broke, allowing the camshaft to flex which in the end can cause an engine explosion.

COMMENTS 3rd session:

Micke Kågered working his way down the field during this session, but still needs to run quicker. The car lost power at the last part of the track, but other than that went straight and smooth all the way. Carter at last on his way.. still tire shakes but running a 5.14 which must be considered good under the circumstances. Damage to Mäkelä´s engine stopped her from repeating a 4-second run. Reymond and Möller still having problems with traction and at the moment they are out of the 4-car ladder that will be eliminated sunday. Two more sessions secheduled saturday and none of the teams can feel safe and certain of a place in the ladder yet.

COMMENTS 4th session:

Micke Kågered was pleased after the last run of the day. The time 6.11 was his halfpass time and it was according to plan. “It felt so good I really wanted to make a full pass, but at the same time was looking to go easy on the parts as we knew we were in the field before the run”, Micke cpomments. The car looked very good and did not loose traction as the other teams this session. Surprisingly both Reymond and Möller out of the eliminations, as this is a 4-car field event. Kågered meets Mäkelä and Smith will take on Carter. Anything can come out of it as all teams have been struggling not to overpower the track.

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER, July 6th
4-car elimination ladder.
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h -

SEMI-FINALS
Anita Mäkele 6.20/244
Micke Kågered 5.39/418 FINAL
Micke Kågered 8.21/? W!
Smax Smith – broke -
Andy Carter 5.18/?
Smax Smith 5.16/450

COMMENTS Semi-finals:

Micke Kågered is back for sure.. The car dropped a few cylinders at the later part of the track, the E.T. was accordingly not the quickest in the field. However loosing power may have helped some to keep tire shakes away as Micke had no problems at all with the traction. Mäkelä after Micke from the start and never caught up with him again having engine problems. The meeting between Smith and Carter were closer. Carter lost the blower belt and narrowly lost to Smith.

COMMENTS Final:

In the final between Smith and Kågered, Smith could not get the reverse gear in and that left Micke with a solo run. All in all a good event for Micke Kågered, who will be someone to count with in the coming events for sure.

Kågered vs. Smith in the top fuel final at Alastaro

QUALIFICATION RESULTS METHANOL FUNNY CAR

Top Methanol Funny Car
E.T. sec/speed km/h Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Niclas Andersson Sweden 6.90/245 6.03/386 6.04/388 9.29/?
Urs Erbacher Schweiz 6.11/? 6.17/376 6.80/401 5.88/395
Leif Andreasson Sweden 5.93/388 – broke – 5.95/391 13.09/?
Fredrik Fagerström Sweden – 6.85/255 6.30/359 6.15/375
Ulf Leanders Sweden 6.15/355 12.88/127 6.35/369 6.65/275
Dan Larsen Denmark – broke – 21/? 5.99/389 6.03/?
Jarmo Kuutniemi Finland 6.35/313 – - 6.22/318
Martin Lundqvist Sweden – broke – 18.50/? 6.62/338 6.69/307
Jörgen Johnsson Sweden – 6.69/203 11.37/113 12.15/?

COMMENTS 1st session:

Modest start in the methanol field as is usual in the first session of the qualifications. You do not want to overpower the car to begin with.. Team Kågered proved to have chosen a setup which made the car look haevy and slow all down the track. In general we wanted to see that the problems we had last event were cured (and so it seemed). Improvements will come for sure later during the qualifications. Larsen had a leakage and were not allowed to run. Lundqvist had problems keeping the engine running and the car stoped just after the burnout. Fagerström and Johnsson, not running this session. Erbacher in the 6-second range which is unusual and will probably not happen again this weekend. Andréasson lived up to normal standards, other than that not much to comment on so far.

COMMENTS 2nd session:

Traction seemed to be the key during this session. Some had it, but most of the teams did not match the conditions of the track right. Niclas Andersson improving slightly. Computer readings show we are on the right track here and we have good hoped to run quicker tomorrow. Andréasson were not the only one who had problems with the traction. Jörgen Johnsson out on the track for the first time, looked good, but shut off early (we guess as a precaution). Still a very scattered field, but we can count on it coming together during saturdays qualifications for most teams. Just maintenenace work on the funny car, everything working smoothly so far.

COMMENTS 3rd session:

Now it is beginning to look like something..Urs Erbacher back in good form. Andréasson and Larsen also in the 5´s. Team Kågered still working a bit on the setup and driver Niclas working on the shifting rpm. Last qualifying spot at the moment 6.62 held by rookie Martin Lunqvist. Johnsson still out of the field for tomorrows eliminations, but still two more sessions scheduled and anything can happen.

COMMENTS 4th session:

No improvement for Niclas Andersson as the car had tire shakes and he shut off early. Traction problems also for Andréasson. Erbacher continuing to run fast. Fagerström improving and ends in the fifth qualifying spot (to meet Andersson in the quarter finals. Johnsson at last out of the ladder, having problems to keep the car going straight it seemed

ELIMINATIONS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR, July 6th
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h -

QUARTER-FINALS
Urs Erbacher 5.93/396
M. Lundqvist 12.77/86 SEMI-FINALS
Urs Erbacher 5.91/398
F. Fagerström 6.09/378
N. Andersson 6.26/
F. Fagerström 6.23/374 FINAL
U. Erbacher 5.83/398 W!
Ulf Leanders 6.46/?
L. Andréasson 6.08/?
J. Kuutniemi – broke -
L. Andréasson 5.95/?
Ulf Leanders 5.96/389
Dan Larsen 5.99/?
Ulf Leanders 5.98/?

COMMENTS Quarter-finals:

Erbacher won the quarter finals easy, Andersson vs. Fagerström was a tough call, Andersson had problems with tire shakes and in the end Fagerström was the one first over the finish line. Andréasson into the semi-finals and will meet Leanders, who at last have cured the problems they had during qualifications.

COMMENTS Semi-finals:
From the side it seemed like Fredde Fagerström would take out Erbacher in the semi-final. Fredde had the better reaction time and lead until Erbacher running both a quicker E.T and higher speed finally passed Fagerström. Leanders, who had ignition problems during qualifications, found the fault and cured it so well he took out Andréasson in the semi-finals. Andréasson shook tires and although running a fine 5.95 sec. it was not enough to pass Leanders.

COMMENTS Final:
The final between current championship leader Urs Erbacher and Ulf Leanders was not really dramatic. Erbacher winning again and so far has been outstanding this season.

The FIA Main Event – FIA Round #1
Santa Pod Raceway, England, May 24-26th

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

Micke get strapped in the top fuel cocpit before a run

Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed m.p.h Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3
Mikael Kågered Sweden 13.64/91 11.04/78 5.70/153
Gary Page Great Britain 6.28/149 – -
Tommy Möller Sweden 12.55/79 5.27/199 -
Anita Mäkelä Finland 11.94/90 – broke – 4.89/261
Smax Smith Great Britain – broke – 8.93/97 -
Kim Reymond Denmark 5.49/175 5.00/261 6.71/124
Øyvor Jacobsen Norway 6.38/132 5.35/185 8.43/92
Andy Carter Great Britain 5.42/187 5.96/160 4.88/284

COMMENTS 1st session:

Big disappointment for Micke during this first session where he got to wait so long before the opponent in the other lane made it into start position, that Micke did not dare making the pass as he feared that would damage the engine due to lack of fuel. None of the other teams did exceptionally good, which is normal as this is the first race day of the season for most of the teams. Two more sessions sunday and we are sure that the number one qualifier will be a low five, or high five second run.

Micke at the startline during the first session

COMMENTS 2nd session:

Again problems for Micke Kågered. The clutchcanon is not working right and the car did not move neither backwards, nor forward without problems. Stunning run by Kim Reymond, the reigning FIA European Champion shows he has got what it takes this season as well. Also great improvement for Øyvor Jacobsen and Tommy Möller. One more run in top fuel today and team Kågered needs to improve big time to stand a chance in tomorrows eliminations.

COMMENTS 3rd session:

Wow, what performance from Anita Mäkelä and Andy Carter during this last qualification session. For Micke Kågered this was the first actual run you may say. He shut off early and had the parachutes out over the finish line. The 60-foot and half track times indicates the car is going real well now. Tomorrow Micke will be up against Kim Reymond in the quarter finals. Smax Smith will take on the number one qualifier Andy Carter, Gary Page meets Anita Mäkelä and Tommy Möller is up against Öyvor Jacobsen. All cars have potential, although we have not seen all of it yet, so there may be a few surprises before monday´s eliminations are over.

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER, May 26th
QUARTER-FINALS
Andy Carter 5.00/233
Smax Smith 4.89/303 SEMI-FINALS
Smax Smith 5.05/294
Ø. Jacobesen 5.18/236
Tommy Möller 8.68/87
Ø. Jacobsen 5.13/286 FINAL
Smax Smith 4.95/280 W!
Gary Page 5.38/211
Anita Mäkelä 8.51/67
Gary Page 6.11/152
Gary Page 5.17/256
Kim Reymond 15.82/59
Kim Reymond 4.93/286
Micke Kågered 5.49/171

COMMENTS Quarter finals:

As we said yesterday, there may be a few surprises in the top fuel elimintaions.. and right we was. Number one and two qualifiers Andy Carter and Anita Mäkelä were beaten already in the quarter finals. Micke Kågered out as well. The car has obviously not been sorted out right yet. This was Micke´s first “close to full pass” and a 5.49 elapsed time is just not good enough to win a race. Knut Söderqvist´s two other cars driven this weekend by Smax Smith and Gary Page proved to be in order and they are both in the semi-finals.

COMMENTS Semi finals:

A stroke of bad luck for Øyvor Jacobsen when the blower belt came off her car just when she had it going. Reigning FIA champion Kim Reymond had problems and it will be two of Knut Söderqvist´s cars that are in the final, which probably not many had bet on before the race started today, considering Carter´s and Mäkelä´s performance during the qualifications. Well, what do you know..

COMMENTS Final:

Close final where Smax Smith was the quickest in the end, won, but hurt his engine at the same time. Our congratulations to Smax, who has been peforming well all the way through the eliminations!

Picture from the eurodragster webcam during the top fuel final

QUALIFICATION RESULTS METHANOL FUNNY CAR

Top Methanol Funny Car
E.T. sec/speed m.p.h Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4 Session
#5
Niclas Andersson Sweden 6.16/234 11.38/76 6.17/231 6.07/238 6.23/216
Juergen Nagel – 10.15/110 10.50/135 9.84/91 -
Urs Erbacher Schweiz 6.34/165 5.90/243 5.69/246 5.77/246 -
Leif Andreasson Sweden 12.03/59 6.47/160 5.93/243 5.96/238 5.83/246
Dezsoe Krivan Sweden 12.03/59 – - – -
Fredrik Fagerström Sweden 6.63/211 7.00/200 6.44/219 6.39/233 6.39/214
Ulf Leanders Sweden 7.29/122 13.96/46 7.15/202 10.25/80 11.16/71
Dan Larsen Denmark 6.17/231 6.42/202 6.27/218 – broke – -
Stephanie Milam Great Britain 9.25/123 8.63/182 7.71/133 7.57/171 – broke -
Dennis Wratten Great Britain – - broke – - – - broke -
Doug Ripley Great Britain – 8.46/170 7.75/176 8.13/164 -

COMMENTS 1st session:

NICLAS ANDERSSON had one last license pass to make during the first qualification session and what a pass that was. Crew chief Göran Edman setup the funny car to run in the 6.10´s and that is exactly what Niclas did. Surprisingly enough the 6.16 puts Niclas as number one qualifier after the first session. The top teams struggled a bit- ERBACHER´s blower belt came off at 300 meters, LEANDERS and ANDRÉASSON ran modest and will improve their performance later today for sure. One more session to go in funny car today.

Niclas by the funny car before the first run saturday

COMMENTS 2nd session:

Confusion unfortunately stopped Niclas from making another good pass. He was scheduled to make a bye pass (no one in the other lane), but it was changed after Niclas had made the burnout and all of a sudden he had an opponent in the other lane, which he did not know of. As a result he got totally confused when he got a red-light on the starting tree and lost focus. Only Urs Erbacher improved significantly and took over the #1 position with a 5.90-second run. Three more sessions scheduled sunday so a lot can still happen.

COMMENTS 3rd session:

Now performance improved a great deal in the field with Urs Erbacher running a 5.69 which is quickest in Europe ever. Andréasson in the 5.90´s where he at least should be. For Niclas the car was setup to go pretty much as it did. Now that he has got used to the car and feel confident driving it, we will step it up for next run to aim for running a 5-second run.

COMMENTS 4th session:

We had hoped for a 5-sec. run, but 6.07 is quicker than last run, so we are making progress. Erbacher and Andréasson still in the 5´s and Niclas hold the number 3 position at the moment with one more session to go today.

COMMENTS 5th session:

Not more than half of the teams out on the track this last session. For Niclas it was a somewhat shaky ride and the timne did not improve as we had hoped for. Andréasson is back to his normal standards running 5.83 sec. Eight cars in the elimination ladder tommorrow and Niclas is up against the other rookie in the class, swede “Fast Freddy Fagerström”. Erbacher meets Milam, Andréasson vs. Leanders and Dan Larsen is up against Dezsoe Krivan.

ELIMINATIONS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR, May 26th
QUARTER-FINALS
Urs Erbacher 5.83/245
Steph Miliam 8.78/127 SEMI-FINALS
Urs Erbacher 5.75/245
Dan Larsen 5.85/239
Dan Larsen 6.01/239
Jurgen Nagel 8.28/137 FINAL
Urs Erbacher 5.71/248 W!
L. Andréasson 5.90/241
L. Andréasson 5.82/144
Ulf Leanders 5.90/243
L. Andréasson 5.88/241
N. Andersson -
N. Andersson 6.07/232
F. Fagerström 6.53/171

COMMENTS Quarter finals:

In methanol funny car there were few surprises in the quarter finals. Andréasson and Erbacher forward to the semi´s as Dan Larsen and Niclas Andersson. Andersson vs. Andréasson in the semi-final and Niclas will have to improve a great deal to stand a chance there. Let´s hope crew chief Göran Edman has a good plan for the next round..

COMMENTS Semi finals:

Erbacher and Andréasson are the two outstanding guys today that is for sure. We have to bear in mind it is Niclas Andersson´s first race in the funny car category and he will be someone to count with this season, that is for sure. In this semi-final he was shut off by the starter, who thought it took too long before he got into stage position. We are talking seconds here, but in the end it is always the starter´s who make the decisions. After the run Niclas explained he had low oil pressure and was worried. Had he made a full pass, the engine would have been badly damaged.Seems like everything happens for certain reason and this run was not to be for Niclas.

COMMENTS Final:

It was Urs Erbacher´s event right from the first qualification session to the final. Well deserved win, where he simply outran Andréasson. It was as simple as that!

Easter Thunderball Pro Fuel Shootout
Santa Pod Raceway, England, April 19-21st

PRO FUEL RULES – 3 QUALIFICATION RUNS-QUICKEST
DRAGSTER AND FUNNY CAR TO THE FINAL!
PRO FUEL
E.T. sec/speed m.p.h Stratno. Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3
Mikael Kågered Sweden TF6 – 12.32/79 14.44
Bill Sherratt Great Britain FC1 broke – 12.31
Oyvor Jacobsen Norway TF 10.30/85 10.29/84 7.30
Andy Carter Great Britain TF4 6.35/144 6.19/230 5.47
Gordon Smith Great Britain FC7 8.89/102 5.78/190 10.05
Smax Smith Great Britain TF69 5.75/175 5.47/170 6.31
FINAL Smax Smith
4.55 ? /283
– WINNER – Gordon Smith
16.46/283

Pro Fuel Category: TF – Top Fuel Dragster and FC – Nitro Funny Car

COMMENTS 1st session:

MICKE KÅGERED did not make it to the first session. Ignition problems occured, was solved right before the session started, but the crew decided to make everything thorough rather than to hurry to make the first round. ØYVOR JACOBSEN in Rune Fjeld´s dragster did only a 60-foot pass, SMAX SMITH in Knut Söderqvist´s other car (driven by Susanne Callin last season) made a 3/4 track pass that looked really good and he was also quickest in the field. ANDY CARTER, also looking good made a half-track pass at 6.35 sec. The two funny cars in the field did experience problems; BILL SHERRATT in the Showtime funny car lifted the blower, the blower belt came off and he stopped at half track. GORDON SMITH in the Shockwave funny car almost hit the guard rail right after the start and could not keep full throttle all the pass. As a summary, all teams started the first run of this season rather modest and careful, probably wanting to get the feel of both the set up of the cars as well as the track conditions. One more run today and Micke Kågered will be in the field as well then!

Bill Sherratt´s funny car broke and stopped half track..

COMMENTS 2nd session:

MICKE KÅGERED´s car acted like a real pack of dynamite. The plan was to only do a 60-foot pass to get the feel of it and boy was that car aggressive! Micke´s only comment after the run;”It was brutal!” SMAX SMITH once again the leader of the pack, running as planned and looking good. ØYVOR JACOBSEN had some initial problems when the engine almost shut down after the burnout. The actual run was not a good one and she shut off early. GORDON SMITH´s crew seemed very pleased with the performance of their Shockwave funny car running a 5.78 and there is probably more to come.. BILL SHERRATT in the Showtime funny car was not running this session. Our guess is that they did not have time to repair what was needed from the damages last run. ANDY CARTER´s 6.19 run maybe according to plan not to make a full pass. A long night of preparations lies ahead in the Söderqvist pit area. Two cars to prepare, Micke Kågered´s and Smax Smith´s for the third qualification session monday. Smax is already qualified for the final..

Micke´s car provisionally designed for this weekend-in the background the dragster piloted by Smax Smith.

COMMENTS 3rd session:

The task for the day for MICKE KÅGERED´s crew was to calm down the car considerably compared to yesterday. It did not work out as expected and the car once again smoked the tires. Although the car was not manageable all track down, Micke feel more and more comfortable in the driver´s seat, which is the most important thing right now. The performance will come it is no doubt about that.. SMAX SMITH shut off half track according to plan ØYVOR JACOBSEN not a full pass either. The funny cars of GORDON SMITH and BILL SHERRATT´s run were nothing to comment on. ANDY CARTER the quickest in the field this third session, in the ex-Pelle Lindelöw dragster, seems to be performing better and better. It will be the overall quickest dragster piloted by Smax Smith vs. the overall quickest funny car run by Gordon Smith in the Pro Fuel Shootout final.

Micke waiting in the pits before the run

COMMENTS Final:

GORDON SMITH in the heavier and normally slower funny car was given a handicap start to level out the differences between the cars and make the terms equal. SMAX SMITH having run consistent all weekend did outrun the funny car by far. The elapsed time shown on the scoreboard 4.55 is disputed, but even so Smax won with a good margin and the victory was well deserved.

Results 2002

TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

Name Total
1 Kim Reymond Denmark 366
2 Barry Sheavills England 268
3 Susanne Callin Sweden 142
4 Andy Carter England 136
5 Tommy Möller Sweden 129
6 Mikael Kågered Sweden 109
7 Gary Page England 86
8 Darryl Bradford England 67
9 Peter Lantz Sweden 59
10 Robin Read England 35

TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR

Name Total
1 Mikael Kågered Sweden 363
2 Urs Erbacher Schweiz 363
3 Alex Joon England 346
4 Leif Anreasson Sweden 326
5 Ulf Leanders Sweden 226
6 Leif Helander Sweden 219
7 Arvid Grödem England 167
8 Dan Larsen England 131
9 Jörgen Johnsson Sweden 92
10 Magnus Larsson Sweden 70
11 Dezoe Krivan England 58
12 Stephanie Milam England 24
13 Juergen Nagel Germany
Dennis Wratten England 12

You can find the official FIA European Drag Racing Championship point standings here (PDF)

FIA European Finals – FIA Round #6
Santa Pod Raceway, England, September 6-8th

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

TF TMFC
Winner Kim Reymond Urs Erbacher
Runner Up Susanne Callin Stephanie Milam
Low ET 4.94/277 (Barry Sheavills) 5.77/242 (Alex Joon)
Top Speed 5.00/295 (Mikael Kågered) 5.78/244 (Urs Erbacher)

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR

Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed m.p.h.

Session
#1
Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4 Session
#5
Mikael Kågered Sweden 5.90/226 8.29/110 5.84/242 5.85/242 7.42/118
Alex Joon Sweden 6.11/188 – no show – 5.82/239 7.03/133 – no show -
Urs Erbacher Sweden 5.83/240 5.84/243 5.81/243 5.78/244 – no show -
Leif Andreasson Sweden 11.39/68 6.38/162 5.85/244 5.72/243 – no show -
Leif Helander Sweden 6.02/234 6.02/231 – no show – 9.54/88.62 6.10/228
Ulf Leanders Sweden 6.18/232 13.60/66 5.92/231 6.14/235 – no show -
Arvid Grödem Sweden 6.80/206 6.39/223 6.46/221 6.59/217 7.30/133
Jörgen Johnsson Sweden 6.82/182 ? 5.97/229 – no show – 7.30/133
Stephanie Milam Sweden 8.46/181 6.89/216 6.81/200 10.96 7.21/146
Dennis Wratten Sweden – no show – - no show – - broke – 7.36/178 10.00/85

COMMENTS Qualifications:

As we suspected the performance on saturday was to improve a great deal for most teams. It was once again to be one of the quickest field in Europe so far. Erbacher backed up a new European record of 5.78 seconds during the 4th session. Andréasson ran 5.72 during the same session. Micke continued running in the 5.80´s, but in this company it only gave him the 4th quickest E.T.
One of Leanders back tires exploded just before the finish line, which caused major damage to the rear part of the carbon fiber body. Leanders will not be able to compete in sundays eliminations, which means the first alternate (no 9 qualifier) Stephanie Milam will take his place. half of the field choosed no to run the last session, because it was 8.30 p.m. and almost dark.

ELIMINATIONS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR
– elapsed time sec. and speed m.p.h. -

QUARTER-FINALS
1 L. Andreasson 5.98/238
8 Arvid Grödem 6.29/225 SEMI-FINALS
Leif Andreasson 9.45/86
S. Milam 6.94/207
4 (Mikael Kågered broke)
Alternate Dennis Wratten
7.78/177
5 S. Milam 7.23/196 FINAL
S. Milam 6.91/201
U. Erbacher 5.79/243 W!
2 Urs Erbacher 5.79/243
7 Leif Helander 6.08/224

Urs Erbacher 5.82/244
Alex Joon 12.50/63
3 Alex Joon 5.77/242
6 J. Johnsson 5.91/234

COMMENTS Eliminations:

Before the event there was two potential FIA title winners 2002- Micke Kågered and Lex Joon. Kågered crashed his top fuel car badly one hour before he was scheduled to enter the quarter finals in his funny car. In reality that meant he did not get full points for the first round, since he failed to show up at the starting line (being hospitalised at that moment). Because of this, suddenly Erbacher also stood a chance to be the European champion, should he win the event and set a low E.T. of the weekend. Micke´s opponent in the quarter finals Stephanie Milam got to meet alternate Dennis Wratten, who took Micke´s place. Milam made it through to the semi-finals where she unexpectedly beat Andréasson after he red-lighted. Kågered´s worst opponent Joon blew the engine during the run against Erbacher, which meant he was out of competition and with no chance of winning the FIA title anymore. Only Erbacher then able to threaten Micke´s chance to become the FIA European champion. Crew members who stayed with Micke at the hospital kept in contact with the crew still at the track for continous updates. When it stood clear that Erbacher was unable to set a low E.T. in the final against Milam the good news was brought to Micke Kågered- he is the FIA European top methanol funny car champion 2002.

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed m.p.h. Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3
Mikael Kågered Sweden 5.21/265 5.00/295 11.40/75
Susanne Callin Sweden 5.40/226 5.38/253 5.13/266
Tommy Möller Sweden 11.29/70 5.02/? 10.02/77
Peter Lantz Sweden 5.05/? 5.11/276 6.81/114
Kim Reymond Sweden 11.73/69 11.01/73 5.24/268
Barry Sheavills Sweden 6.91/114 4.94/277 no show
Darryl Bradford Sweden broke 6.18/150 no show
Andy Carter Sweden 11.? no show no show

COMMENTS Qualifications:

The performance in top fuel were not as tight as we saw in the methanol funny car class. Sheavills quickest of all, but crashed the car, when the chassis broke and he is out of competition, since the car is damaged beyond repair this weekend. Micke Kågered second quickest, wanted to run quicker at the last seesion, but shook the tires and were unable to improve. Rookie Callin ran a great 5.13 sec. run during the last session. Möller and Lantz also quick, but Reymond facing problems and only qualified number 6. Reymond will be the 2002 FIA European Champion in top fuel as Sheavills is out of competition (he was the only one that could threaten Reymond in the points standing).

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
– elapsed time sec. and speed m.p.h. -

QUARTER-FINALS
1 (Sheavills) – bye -
8 Andy Carter 5.53/199 SEMI-FINALS
Andy Carter 5.87/172
Susanne Callin 5.08/287
4 Peter Lantz broke
5 Susanne Callin 12.64/69 FINAL
Susanne Callin 5.69/170
Reymond 5.16/284 W!
2 M. Kågered 4.97/282
7 Darryl Bradford 5.85/188
Mikael Kågered – broke -
K. Reymond – no time -
3 Tommy Möller 5.47/188
6 Kim Reymond 5.13/257

COMMENTS Eliminations:

It was a very unhappy start of the day for Micke Kågered´s crew to watch him crash the top fuel dragster at a speed exceeding 280 m.p.h at the finish line in the quarter finals. After a few very anxious minutes, we saw with our own eyes that he was alive and conscious, still strapped in an unhurt cockpit. Badly bruised and with a very sore back he was released from hospital as soon as doctors had checked that there were no fractures or internal injuries. He will be resting here in England until he is well enough to manage the flight home to Sweden.
Obviously Micke was unable to continue the race, which meant his opponent in the semi-finals Kim Reymond got a bye-run. Susanne Callin´s day turned out well, as she put both Peter Lantz and Andy Carter out of competition. In the finals Reymond was too tough to handle for Callin and he walked away as a real winner- both of the European finals and the FIA top fuel champion title.

Nitro Olympics – FIA Round #5
Hockenheim Ring , Germany, August 16-18th

Kågered and Erbacher during qualifications

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

TMFC
Winner Alex Joon
Runner Up Mikael Kågered
Low ET 5.81/395 (Urs Erbacher)
Top Speed 5.81/395 (Urs Erbacher)

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR

Top Methanol Funny Car
E.T. sec/speed km/h Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Mikael Kågered Sweden 6.10/387 5.89/386 – broke – 5.92/392
Urs Erbacher Sweden 6.06/387 5.98/389 5.99/389 9.83/?
Alex Joon Sweden 6.07/385 5.94/351 — 5.94/391
Ulf Leanders Sweden 9.27/135 6.02/335 6.33/363 14.15/105
Leif Andreasson Sweden 6.17/377 6.01/379 6.40/315 5.93/391
Jörgen Johnsson Sweden 6.35/339 6.03/361 6.47/370 7.06/367
Dan Larsen Sweden 6.06/387 — — —
Leif Helander Sweden – broke – 6.18/368 6.19/368 11.27/150
Arvid Grödem Sweden 7.16/341 6.35/358 6.98/349 6.25/367
Magnus Larsson Sweden — broke 6.77/265 6.68/276
Jurgen Nagel Sweden broke 21.22/93 — 8.74/251
Deszoe Krivan Sweden 6.04/389 – broke – — —

COMMENTS Qualification 1st session:

The track was real slippery as the E.T:s from this first session shows. Helander and Grödem run in the first pair and Grödem smoked the tires all the way down the track, disappearing in a cloud of smoke. Helander, in the other lane, shut off as soon as he felt there was no traction to talk about. The drivers that did not drive their cars very, very smooth just smoked the tires like top fuelers! After watching the pro mod cars, that run just before us, crew chief Göran Edman advised Micke to make it real smooth all the way from the starting line and not to try and go for it. It proved to be the only way to manage and most of the drivers running after Micke also chose to do it like this. We hope the track improves as more cars and bikes run on it and that we will see quicker runs, more like we are used to from the competitive class that methanol funny car is right now.

COMMENTS Qualification 2nd session:

Team Kågered was quickest this morning. The track had been worked on friday night and the traction was better now, although not perfect yet. The E.T improved for most teams, but still some of the top teams will run quicker later today for sure. The 12 cars entered qualifies into an 8-car ladder, so only the quickest 8 is in the eliminations on sunday. Two more runs today. Micke Kågered´s 5.89 sec. run was a bit shaky with tire shakes. We will work on that until next session, but we are very pleased to be quickest so far.

COMMENTS Qualification 3rd session:

After one hour delay due to an oil-down Micke Kågered was out on the track as first car in the lane after the clean up. There was no traction there whatsoever. The tires shook violently and he had difficulties just to bring the car to a stop. The very hot conditions at the track also made it difficult to improve the performance from this morning and none of the teams did. Some of them chose not to run this 3rd session, but most cars will probably be there at 18.30 for the last try.

COMMENTS Qualification 4th session:

Still very, very hot here at the track in Hockenheim. Despite this Micke Kågered did run quickest of the bunch again, this time followed by Andréasson, who now moved into the second position. Rumours say that qualifiers number 7 (Krivan) and 8 (Larsen) has major damage to their engines that can not be repaired on site. If this is correct it means that first alternate Helander will take Krivan´s place and second alternate Grödem will run instead of Larsen. We need to check this further. The 8-car elimination ladder will be posted later tonight as soon as we have got confirmation concerning the alternates.

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h -

QUARTER-FINALS
1 M. Kågered 5.91/394
8 Arvid Grödem 6.68/365 SEMI-FINALS
M. Kågered 5.92/393
Ulf Leanders 7.17/242
4 Urs Erbacher 6.05/362
5 Ulf Leanders 5.95/383 FINAL
M. Kågered 5.96/392 W!
L. Andreasson 5.95/393
2 L. Andreasson 5.92/390
7 Leif Helander 12.17/120
L. Andreasson 5.95/393
Alex Joon 6.36/378
3 Alex Joon 5.87/394
6 J. Johnsson – broke -

COMMENTS Eliminations:

What a final! It can not get much closer than that! Micke Kågered took his second win in two weeks. Micke was out first from the starting line with a slight better reaction time. The time he gained at the start proved to be enough to beat Andréasson despite the one hundreds of a second slower E.T. for Micke. He commented; “I knew I was first out, but I had to get off the throttle one time to avoid losing traction and at that time I was afraid Leif would catch up on me”. He did not do that and the win for Micke was well deserved. His car was one of the most consistent throughout all the event and maybe that is what payed off in the end!

In the semi-finals both Leanders and Joon got problems with the traction while Kågered and Andréasson continued in the same fashion as in the quarter finals. We are of course very happy, since this means Micke will still be in the lead in the championship points standings after this event, no matter the outcome of the final. Kågered/Andréasson in the finals – same as in the first FIA event at Santa Pod in May. That time Micke won.. we wil have to wait and see what happens this time..

The quarter finals were won by Kågered, Leanders, Andréasson and Joon. Erbacher, currently second in the FIA points standings was out already in the first round, which means he will not stay in that position after this event is completed, since Joon is still in the field and only two points behind Erbacher. We are sorry that we did not get the complete results in the quarter finals. We will add the fullE.T:s later on today.
All four semi-finalists in the 5´s during the first run and allE.T.´s close to each other. The semi-finals are scheduled for 14.00.

As we suspected Krivan and Larsen are out of competition for this weekend due to breakage. This means first alternate Helander will take Krivan´s position and run against Andréasson in the quarter finals. Grödem takes Larsen´s place and take on Mikael Kågered.

Tullinge Raceway – Top Fuel Tour Round #2
Pite Raceway, Sweden, July 10-11th

Micke Kågered at Tullinge before the first qualification run

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
TF
Winner Mikael Kågered
Runner Up Tommy Möller
Low ET 4.98/451 (Tommy Möller)
Top Speed 4.99/481 (Mikael Kågered)

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km/h Session
#1 Final Qualifying
Mikael Kågered Sweden 11.72/132 5.00/478
Tommy Möller Sweden 5.29/453 5.29/453
Monica Öberg Sweden 5.36/415 5.36/415
Peter Lantz Sweden 11.17/111 10.72/?

COMMENTS Qualifications 1st session:

The day did not start well for Micke Kågered, when the throttle cable snapped 75 meters after the start. He was not at all happy after the run. Too much trouble has come his way the last two events with the top fueler. Peter Lantz smoked the tires, Monica´s run looked real smooth and we are sure there is more to come out of that car. Tommy Möller started in the best fashion of the four teams, but will probably run quicker as well later this afternoon.

COMMENTS Qualifications:

Wow.. that´s all we can say. A 5.00 second run by Micke..that was really what we needed to lift the spirit some in the team again! Micke moved into the number one position and did it in grand style by setting a new track record here at Tullinge! Tommy Möller did not make it for this session as they had problems getting the car ready. Öberg´s run looked OK, but showed to be slower than her first run. It seemed the blower belt came off Peter Lantz car, so his appearance was probably not what he had hoped for. The final qualification standings means that Micke Kågered, who is currently quickest, will meet Peter Lantz who has had problems all day. Lantz can never be counted out and he was also the one winning the top fuel tour event in Piteå a month ago.

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h -

SEMI-FINALS
1

M. Kågered 4.99/481

4

Peter Lantz 12.34/114
FINAL

M. Kågered 5.03/472 W!

Tommy Möller 5.59/429
2

Tommy Möller 4.98/451

3

Monica Öberg 9.17/152

COMMENTS Elimination:

The winner in the final was also to be the winner of the top fuel tour 2002. Before this event it was Peter Lantz who was in the lead. Möller and Kågered shared the second place and had equal points. Before the final Micke Kågered lead by 10 points. Crew chief Alan Jackson and car owner Knut Söderqvist wanted to setup the car to run quick enough, but would not smoke the tires. Real tricky, but in the end they managed to do just that! Möller, who had lane choice smoked the tires half track and disappeared in a big cloud of smoke . The win for Micke means his team win the top fuel tour for the second year, which pleases us a great deal. We did not really start counting points until right before the final when we realised that we still had a chance to win, so the victory of the top fuel tour is pretty unexpected but much appreciated!

The run for 3rd place was won by Peter Lantz with an elapsed time of 5.06 sec/472 km. vs Öbergs 5.36 sec./405 km

Comments semi-final; Team Möller and Kågered sure showed the crowd at Tullinge Raceway how to run a top fueler! Möller now took over the track record from Micke by one hundred of a second. Micke´s speed close to 300 m.p.h again and the run looked real pretty! Möller will have lane choice over Micke. Both Kågered and Möller chose the left lane for the first run, but we hope both lanes are equally good for the final. Lantz smoked the tires and never had a chance against Micke. The final will probably be a thriller and we will post the results right after it!

Gardemoen Dragchallenge – FIA Round #4
Gardermoen Raceway, Norway, August 2-4th

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

TMFC
Winner Alex Joon
Runner Up Mikael Kågered
Low ET 5.81/395 (Urs Erbacher)
Top Speed 5.81/395 (Urs Erbacher)

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR

Grödem and Larsen – ready to fire up the engines in Norway

Top Methanol Funny Car
E.T. sec/speed km/h Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4 Session
#5
Urs Erbacher Sweden 5.96/384 5.91/386 5.81/395 5.86/394 -
Alex Joon Sweden – - 6.45/334 6.18/361 5.83/394
Ulf Leanders Sweden 6.10/364 – - – 5.86/389
Leif Andreasson Sweden – - 5.89/391 – 6.43/278
Mikael Kågered Sweden 6.02/385 5.95/387 6.68/246 6.09/343 5.91/392
Dan Larsen Sweden 8.33/153 5.99/389 6.06/388 5.97/391 6.60/321
Leif Helander Sweden 6.11/369 – 6.21/368 6.01/380 6.02/380
Arvid Grödem Sweden – broke – - 6.27/373 6.25/362 6.75/?
Jörgen Johnsson Sweden – - 6.47/225 – -
Magnus Larsson Sweden 8.09/192 – broke – - 6.49/351 – broke -

COMMENTS Qualification 1st session:
Pretty good first run for Kågered and Erbacher, who managed best during the first session. Some of the cars shook the tires and some seemed to be running “safe”, but a bit too smooth. The cars of Andréasson, Johnsson and Joon still remain in the pit area, where the teams work to get everything ready. Since the time was short between the race at Mantorp last weekend and this event, some teams got the parts needed from the U.S. just in time to make it to Norway. However, we expect all teams to be able to participate in the qualifications saturday. Still one more run to make today and we will post the results this evening.

COMMENTS Qualification 2nd session:
Only three cars out on the track for the 2nd session. Both Kågered and Erbacher improved, with Erbacher still in the number one position, closely followed by Micke Kågered and Dan Larsen. Six cars qualified today, with four more still out side the elimination ladder. Not to worry – the qualifications continues saturday with three more sessions scheduled. Micke Kågered´s crew chief Göran Edman commented that “We are pleased – everything goes as planned for us so far, our strategy being to find a safe zone to begin with where the car will run smooth, but also moderately quick”. Edman continues; “after that we will setup the car to go quicker and since the track seems good I think we can improve the E.T. tomorrow.”. An engine change is on the agenda for team Kågered tonight. “Nothing is broken”, assures Edman. “We run today with our spare engine, because we wanted to see what we had there. Tomorrow we will run the engine we normally use and then take a decision tomorrow night how we want to continue in the eliminations sunday”. crew chief Edman concludes.

COMMENTS Qualification 3rd session:
Beautiful day here at Gardermoen Raceway – Now all 10 teams have been out on the track and it is still Erbacher, who is the quickest, now followed by Andréasson. Micke Kågered had a minor oil leak and shut off as soon as he noticed it (just after shifting to second gear). Nothing broken and the crew is preparing the car at the moment to give it a new shot in the 4th session.

COMMENTS Qualification 4th session:
Most cars out on the track this session- Kågered shook the tires bad and will change the setup for the last run. Joon also in trouble, not running as quick as we are used to see from him. Helander improved a great deal and Erbacher still quickest. One more session to go and our guess is that all cars will be out there and that the last session also will be the quickest as the air hopefully cools down a bit, but the track is still warm.

COMMENTS Qualification 5th session:
Qualifications are completed and it is indeed the quickest 8-car field we have ever seen in Europe. Erbacher did not come out for the last run, but most other teams did and the performance can not be complained about. Leanders and Joon, improved a lot, taking the number two and three position away from Andréasson and Kågered. It will be a very interesting battle tomorrow, where the three current top ranked drivers in the FIA points standings are on the same side of the ladder- Erbacher, Andréasson and Kågered!

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h -

Crew chief Göran Edman checks that everything

QUARTER-FINALS
1 Urs Erbacher 5.82/395
8 Arvid Grödem 6.21/372 SEMI-FINALS
Urs Erbacher 9.92/112
M. Kågered 5.89/395
4 L. Andreasson – broke -
5 M. Kågered 7.59/246 FINAL
M. Kågered 5.93/369
Alex Joon 5.89/389 W!
2 Alex Joon 5.96/391
7 Leif Helander 10.99/121
Alex Joon 6.05/377
Dan Larsen 6.07/385
3 Ulf Leanders 8.49/179
6 Dan Larsen 5.98/387

COMMENTS Quarter-finals:
Erbacher still in good shape, took out Grödem. Andréasson run into trouble and was not allowed to run by the starter. We are unsure of what the problem was, there may have been an oil leak. Kågered got the sign that he was alone, but heard bad sounds from what he believed was the engine and made the run real smooth. After the run it turned out that it was a tube on the body that had shook loose in a w

COMMENTS Semi-finals:
The run between Joon/Larsen has just been completed after a delay due to an oil down on the track. Before that Micke Kågered took out Erbacher, who so far had a car running like a clock, but against Micke got into trouble. Team Kågered- pleased with the performance in the semi-finals will meet Lex Joon in the final. Joon has been running as quick as 5.83 during the qualifications, but a bit slower in the semi-final against Larsen (6.05). It will be an open matter where both cars sure has the capacity to beat the other one, but in the end it may be the team making the right setup decisions who come out winning. The weather is very hot and no clouds are in sight, so the sun is burning the track a great deal at the moment.

COMMENTS Finals:
It was a tight final between Kågered and Joon where Joon eventually was first over the finish line. Mickes car did shake the tires a bit after the start which may have lost him some time and he was never able to catch up with Joon after that. Our congratulations to team Joon, who now advance in the FIA points standings. As soon as we have the information about the points confirmed we will post them on the latest news page.

Sko Uno Drag Festival – FIA Round #3
Mantorp Park, Sweden, July 26-28th

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

TF TMFC
Winner Tommy Möller Urs Erbacher
Runner Up Barry Sheavills Lex Joon
Low ET 5.01/477 (Gary Page) 5.84/394 (Leif Andreasson)
Top Speed 5.01/477 (Gary Page) 5.90/395 (Mikael Kågered)

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR

Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km/h Final qualification
Leif Andreasson Sweden

5.84/394
Urs Erbacher Sweden 5.87/394
Ulf Leanders Sweden 5.880/390
Alex Joon Sweden 5.886/390
Mikael Kågered Sweden 5.90/395
Dan Larsen Sweden 5.95/389
Arvid Grödem Sweden 6.09/372
Leif Helander Sweden 6.10/361
Alternates: Magnus Larsson Sweden 6.52/296
Jörgen Johnsson Sweden 7.40/297
COMMENTS Qualifications:

As we suspected and wrote in our preview of the Mantorp event, the results improved a great deal this weekend, compared to the same event last year. The track had been prepared in a good way and many teams now perform in the 5´s more constantly. The first six teams between 5.84 and 5.95 shows that methanol funny car has become one of the most interesting and competitive classes in European Draf Racing and we are very happy to be a part of it. As team Andréasson damaged their engines beyond repair they was not able to make the first round of eliminations, which meant first alternate Magnus Larsson took their spot in the elimination ladder. Team Helander also experienced major damages during the qualifications but did get hold of all parts needed to replace the broken parts..

ELIMINATIONS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h -

QUARTER-FINALS
1 Magnus Larsson 6.72/322
8 Leif Helander 6.06/363 SEMI-FINALS
Leif Helander 10.68/122 (red-light)
Lex Joon broke
4 Lex Joon 5.98/376
5 Mikael Kågered 6.02/387 FINAL
Lex Joon 7.71/199
U Erbacher 5.92/389 W!
2 Urs Erbacher 5.89/373
7 Arvid Grödem 6.12/371

Urs Erbacher 6.03/379
Dan Larsen 7.42/185
3 Ulf Leanders 6.60/374
6 Dan Larsen 6.11/384

COMMENTS Eliminations:

As Andréasson was unable to make the first round of eliminations, first alternate Magnus Larsson took Andréassons spot in the elimination ladder. However, Helander proved to be a too tough task for Larsson, who lost the quarter finals. Dan Larsen, who made his first FIA race for the season unexpectedly took out Leanders from further competition already in the quarter finals. Team Kågered had to switch engine for the eliminations as the crank shaft was hurt during qualifications. The spare engine (similar but not identical to the other engine), did not not respond to the adjustments we made in the way we had hoped for and although Kågered´s run vs. Joon was a close side by side run in the end Joon had the margin on his side. The semi-finals between Joon and Helander turned out odd, when Helander red-lighted and Joon´s engine broke so bad half-track, that he was unable to pass the finish line. FIA judges had to to look into the rules to rule the winner of the run. In the end the win was judged to Joon´s favor as Helander was the one who faulted first and was disqualified, no matter that Joon did not cross the finish line. Joon´s crew had a hectic time changing engine for the final, made it just in time, but eventually lost to the Erbacher in the finals. A well deserved win for team Erbacher, who managed to perform consistent throughout the entire event without major damage and that payed off well in the end.

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km/h Final qualification
Barry Sheavills Sweden 5.06/473
Mikael Kågered Sweden 5.07/471
Kim Reymond Sweden 5.10/446
Gary Page Sweden 5.28/352
Susanne Callin Sweden 5.97/277
Peter Lantz Sweden 6.85/191
Tommy Möller Sweden 9.77/131

COMMENTS Qualifications:

Barry Sheavills only performed one qualification run, but with car owner Rune Fjeld´s ability as a tuner, that showed to be enough to take the number one qualifying spot. Impressing.. Fjeld´s other car, this weekend piloted by Gary Page qualified number four. Rookie Susanne Callin has proved that she can drive the top fuel dragster as well as any of the “big guys” and she performed her duty as a driver well during the event. Mikael Kågered missed the number one spot by a mere hundred of a second, but thought the qualifications was OK anyway. Both Möller and Lantz did have problems with the traction and smoked the tires througout most of the qualifications, which made them the slowest cars in the field at the time being. Since the number eight spot in the elimination ladder was vacant, number one qualifier Barry Sheavills had the advantage of a bye run in the quarter finals.

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h -

QUARTER-FINALS
1 B. Sheavills 11.26/162
8 – bye – SEMI-FINALS
Barry Sheavills 5.02/464
Gary Page – no show -
4 Gary Page 5.01/477
5 Susanne Callin 5.38/390 FINAL
Barry Sheavills 8.86/149
T. Möller 5.78/269 W!
2 Mikael Kågered – broke -
7 Tommy Möller 5.04/437
Tommy Möller 8.41/179
Kim Reymond 5.14/460
3 Kim Reymond 5.24/438
6 Peter Lantz 12.99/111

COMMENTS Eliminations:

Team Kågered failed to run the first round of eliminations as we did get an oil leakage when starting the engine in the line up just before the run. The problem did not occur during the “warm up” in the pit area, so the fault could not have been detected earlier. It was a real disappointment for us as we had worked harder than ever with the car and everything around it to perform well at our “home track” Mantorp Park. Peter Lantz had continued problems and did loose in the first round against Reymond. Reymond, the current leader of the FIA points standings red-lighted in the semi-finals against Möller and did not make it further than that. As Micke Kågered was unable to run the quarter finals, Möller got a bye run that he used well to perform a great time of 5.04 seconds. Micke would have loved to give him a good match there.. A bit of luck also took Möller past the semi-final. Reymond´s red-light meant Möller was in the final despite the slower E.T. The final was not quick side-by-side run we would have expected from Sheavills and Möller took an easy win running 5.78 sec.

Midnight Sun International – Top Fuel Tour Round #1
Pite Raceway, Sweden, July 13-14th

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
TF
Winner Peter Lantz
Runner Up Tommy Möller
Low ET 4.93/491 (Mikael Kågered)
Top Speed 4.93/491 (Mikael Kågered)

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km/h Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3
Mikael Kågered Sweden 4.93/491 5.22/410 4.99/469
Monica Öberg Sweden 5.28/414 6.54/218 5.10/466
Peter Lantz Sweden 5.41/322 15.14/116 18.21/74
Tommy Möller Sweden 14.20/109 – no show – - no show -

COMMENTS Qualifications 1st session:

Stunning run by Micke Kågered who by this joined the 300 m.p.h club running 4.93/305 mp.h!
Peter Lantz smoked the tires right from the start and shut off soon after that. Monica Öberg´s 5.28 looked good and she will probably be able to improve the performance further later today. As Tommy Möller ran in the same pair as Micke, we really did not notice much what went on in his lane, but for sure there is more to come out of his car as well. This was the first 4-second run, 300 m.p.h performed in Scandinavia. With this Micke Kågered joins the exclusive club of drivers that has crossed the magic 300 m.p.h limit (Barry Sheavills and Andy Carter did it in May at Santa Pod).
We will be beck with more comments and results this evening. Still two more sessions scheduled and the work in the pit area proceeds as planned at this very moment (1.30 p.m. local time).

COMMENTS Qualifications 2nd session:

Two spark plugs broke on Micke´s engine, which meant the engine only fired on 6 cylinders from the start, the E.T despite this was 5.22 sec/410 km. It was not a full pass, as Micke shut off early when he felt the engine losing power.
Tommy Möller had major maintenance work to do on their car and team Möller did not make it in time for this second session. As for Peter Lantz, once again the car experienced traction problems and smoked the tires. Monica Öberg, broke her clutch badly during her run, stopping the clock on 6.54 sec, which makes her second quickest overall so far. A last session is scheduled to 8.15 p.m. and the mechanics have a hectic time getting everything ready again at this time.

COMMENTS Qualifications 3rd session:

Micke Kågered, again running in the 4-´s was one hundred of a second from backing up the 4.93 second run and making it an official Swedish record. For this run we had changed engine, since the crank shat in the “4.93″-engine had some cracks on it and we did not want to risk anything. It was not a full pass, so we are really pleased with the E.T. anyway.
Tommy Möller again smoked the tires and shut off early. Monica Öberg did not manage to fix the “clutch disaster” that occured last run in time for the last session, but we hope team Öberg will have everything ready by tomorrow. It going to be a long nights work for most teams. One more change of engine is due for team Kågered as the crank shaft cracked again during the last run. Peter Lantz improved his performance quite a bit and in sunday´s eliminations he is up against Monica Öberg, while Micke Kågered takes on Tommy Möller.

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h -

SEMI-FINALS
3 Peter Lantz 7.39/174
2 Monica Öberg – broke – FINAL
Peter Lantz 5.08/468
Tommy Möller 9.58/136
1 Mikael Kågerd 6.01/288
4 Tommy Möller 5.10/460

COMMENTS Elimination: After a brilliantly performed qualification saturday, the car was setup to run a new 4-second run today in the first round of eliminations against Tommy Möller. Unfortunately, for the first time during the weekend the car lost traction and smoked the tires. Micke was ahead of Tommy Möller half track, but after that the only thing the spectators could see of him was a huge cloud of smoke and he shut off as soon as he could. Möller´s E.T 5.10/460 was by far his best performance for the weekend and it will probably be a very interesting final between Peter Lantz (who qualified with 5.10 yesterday) and Tommy Möller. As the top fuel tour concept includes a run for 3rd and 4th place. By that team Kågered got one more shot sunday afternoon to back up a new record. Micke was to meet Monica Öberg in the run but as their clutch broke bad during qualifications, team Öberg were not able to get hold of the spare parts needed to make it for the eliminations. By this Kågered got solo run and one last shot at backing up a new official record, but once again the car lost traction and smoked the tires (this time further out on the track) and Micke had to shut off.

The final between Möller and Lantz was won by Peter Lantz as Tommy Möller smoked the tires. Lantz E.T. was 5.08 sec., which we believe also is a new personal best for him. Car owner Knut Söderqvist´s comment after the last run (and after having checked the computer printout), was that we overpowered the track slightly, but was real close to making another quick run.

FHRA Nitro Nationals – FIA Round #2
Alastaro Circuit, Finland, July 5-7th

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

TMFC
Winner -
Runner Up -
Low ET 5.88/388 (Ulf Leanders)
Top Speed 5.93/394 (Mikael Kågered)

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR

Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed m.p.h. Final qualification
Ulf Leanders 5.88/388
Urs Erbacher 5.92/391
Mikael Kågered 5.93/394
Leif Andreasson 5.94/381
Leif Helander 6.02/375
Magnus Larsson 7.28/232
Arvid Grödem (5.72/366)
COMMENTS:

Kågered started the day by running 6.08 sec with bad tire shakes starting after 1.5 seconds. The setup we had chosen to start with proved to be too aggresive and we adjusted the clutch and fuel accordingly for the second run and it turned out well. During the second session Micke Kågered was quickest with his 5.93 sec and a good speed of 394 km/h. All other teams set their quickest time during thefirst session today.

Yesterday it rained so bad all day that qualifications in all classes had to be cancelled. Today two sessions was run with the above outcome. Timing system error meant Arvid Grodem got the E.T of his first run cancelled. During the run he broke the engine and could not get that fixed in time for the second run. He will be placed in the ladder as he could not be responsible for the problem with the timing system. Since his E.T was disqualified, he will be put in the last qualifying spot (no. 7). Jörgen Johnsson, who was among the team who entried this event had to cancel the event and is not present in Alastaro.

The above qualification standings mean the elimination ladder sunday will look like this;

July 7th: All eliminations at Alastaro was cancelled to to rain
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ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
– elapsed time sec. and speed m.p.h. -

QUARTER-FINALS
1 Ulf Leanders
– bye – SEMI-FINALS

4 Leif Andreasson
5 Leif Helander FINAL

2 Urs Erbacher
7 Arvid Grödem

3 Mikael Kågered
6 Magnus Larsson

FIA The Main Event – FIA Round #1
Santa Pod Raceway, England, June 1-3rd

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

TF TMFC
Winner Kim Reymond Mikael Kågered
Runner Up Andy Carter Leif Andreasson
Low ET 4.87/302 (Andy Carter) 5.82/246 (Leif Andreasson)
Top Speed 4.98/304 (Barry Sheavills) 5.82/246 (Leif Andreasson)

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed m.p.h. Final qualification
Andy Carter Great Britain 4.87/302
Barry Sheavills Great Britain 4.89/304
Kim Reymond Denmark 5.08/242
Mikael Kågered Sweden

5.09/285
Susanne Callin Sweden

5.53/183
Darryl Bradford Great Britain 5.60/195

COMMENTS:

The quickest ever side by side run in Europe was performed by Barry Sheavills and Andy Carter during the first qualification session sunday. A stunning 5.87 for Carter against Sheavills 5.89 was really something! Sheavills set a new speed record of 304 m.p.h. at the same time and Carter as well crossed the magic 300 m.p.h. limit.
Micke Kågered´s 5.09 and Kim Reymond´s 5.08 should have been enough to qualify number one on most previous events, but this weekend it did not do the job for them. Micke´s second try sunday looked real good out from the starting line up to half track where he smoked the tires and shut off early.
It will be a six car field elimination monday with Carter against rookie Bradford, Sheavills against Susanne Callin, who also got her TF license this weekend. Kågered vs. Reymond will probably be a thriller and since it is racing it is not certain at all that the number one qualifier will come out as the winner of the event…

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
– elapsed time sec. and speed m.p.h. -

QUARTER-FINALS
1 Andy Carter 4.92/288
6 D. Bradford 5.30/250 SEMI-FINALS
Andy Carter 18.42/66
– bye -
– bye -
– bye – FINAL
Andy Carter 5.16/224
Reymond 4.99/293 W!
2 Barry Sheavills 4.95/301
7 Susanne Callin 12.84/58
Barry Sheavills – broke -
Kim Reymond 5.22/233
3 Kim Reymond 5.22/233
6 M. Kågered 5.85/219

COMMENTS Eliminations:

Unfortunately the event ended already in the first round for team Kågered, mainly due to problems with the fuel system. Carter did a great two days of qualifications, an excellent first run against Bradford, got a bye run in semi-finals and ended the event by blowing the engine in the finals which probably cost him the win to Kim Reymond. Barry Sheavills, who run so well during the qualifications backed up the new speed record of 301 m.p.h, which makes him the fastest man in Europe at the moment. In the semi-finals against Reymond, the bad luck hit and one of his parachutes came out after the burnout and his crew never had time to fold it again. Susanne Callin´s blower belt came off just after the start and she never got a chance to prove herself today. At least she now has the TF license in order and we are sure we will see more of her in later on this season.

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR

Top Methanol Funny Car
E.T. sec/speed m.p.h. Final
Qualification
Leif Andreasson Sweden

5.82/246
Alex Joon Sweden 5.85/242
Mikael Kågered Sweden 5.86/242
Deszoe Krivan Sweden 5.91/240
Leif Helander Sweden 6.07/233
Urs Erbacher Sweden 6.08/230
Arvid Grödem Sweden 6.16/228
Ulf Leanders Sweden 6.31/171
Alternates:
Stephanie Milam Sweden 7.00/202

COMMENTS Qualifications:

Much happened during the qualifications on this first event. Most teams did not run consistent and struggled with all kinds of difficulties. Both Andréasson and Kågered run their quickest E.T. first round out on saturday. Lex Joon run his quicest time ever during the last qualification run saturday and by that put down Micke Kågered in the third qualification spot for the eliminations monday. Kågered meets Erbacher, who has not been running real quick so far, but we know the car is capable to run low 5.80´s so anything can happen. The word is that Arvid Grödem will not be able to make the eliminations due to engine failure and lack of spare parts, which in that case means Stephanie Milam will run against Lex Joon in Grödem´s place.

ELIMINATIONS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR
– elapsed time sec. and speed m.p.h. -

QUARTER-FINALS
1 L. Andreasson 5.87/245
8 Ulf Leanders 5.85/239 SEMI-FINALS
L. Andreasson 5.92/239
Leif Helander 5.95/234
4 Deszoe Krivan 6.07/232
5 Leif Helander 5.94/233 FINAL
L. Andreasson 6.01/213
M. Kågered 5.89/243 W!
2 Alex Joon 6.14/211
8 Stephanie Milam 6.95/206
(alternate for Grödem)
Alex Joon 6.95/171
M. Kågered 5.91/239
3 M. Kågered 5.92/238
6 Urs Erbacher 6.00/241

COMMENTS Eliminations:

It felt real good to win, that´s for sure! We did not win an event with the funny car all last season although we were in the finals several times, but this time there was no doubt what the car was capabale of. We struggled som during the qualifications, but when it all came down to it, we had everything in order to run well enough to win. Andréasson lifted the blower in the finals against Micke and did not stand much of a chance against Micke this time. Leanders Bros. got it all together well at last but was beaten on the starting line by Andréasson in the quarter finals. Leif Helander run well during the eliminations after having two quite mediocre days of qualifications. The only thing they did to start run well again, was to change the brand of fuel. As a summary we can say that it looks like this season one will have to be in the 5.80´s to be among the top teams, both during qualifications and eliminations. The coming event in Finaland will prove if we are right about that or not..

Results 2001
TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

Name Round
#1 Round
#2 Round
#3 Round
#4 Round
#5 Total
1 Andy Carter England 36 98 36 38 97 305
2 Anita Mäkelä Finland 98 57 37 37 75 304
3 Barry Sheavills England 60 79 55 61 34 289
4 Kim Reymond Denmark 34 34 94 55 56 273
5 Mikael Kågered Sweden 37 – 83 – 43 163
6 Peter Beck Schweiz 74 36 34 – - 144
7 Pelle Lindelöw Sweden – 55 – - 53 108
8 Tommy Möller Sweden – 33 – - 34 67
9 Alan Jackson England – - – - 33 33

TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR

Name Round #1 Round #2 Round #3 Round #4 Round #5 Total
1 Leif Andreasson Sweden 103 63 97 83 58 404
2 Ulf Leanders Sweden 35 97 43 77 95 347
3 Micke Kågered Sweden 56 76 56 – 82 270
4 Leif Helander Sweden 77 35 35 56 54 257
5 Jörgen Johnsson Sweden – 34 74 34 12 154
6 Arvid Grødem Norway – - 34 35 33 102
7 Dezsoe Krivan Sweden 54 – - – 33 87
8 Alex Joon Sweden 33 – - – 36 69
9 Urs Embacher Sweden 34 – - – 12 46
10 Urs Erbacher Sweden – - – - 34 34
11 Stephanie Milam England – - – - 12 12

You can find the official FIA European Drag Racing Championship point standings here (PDF)

Eurpean Finals – FIA Round #5
Santa Pod Raceway, England, September 14-16th

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

TF TMFC
Winner Andy Carter Ulf Leanders
Runner Up Anita Mäkelä Micke Kågered
Low ET 4.97 (Micke Kågered) 5.79 (Micke Kågered)
Top Speed 296 (Micke Kågered) 247 (Micke Kågered)

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed m.p.h.

Final
Qualification
1. Mikael Kågered Sweden 4.97/296
2.

Andy Carter Great Britain
5.21/265
3. Anita Mäkelä Finland 5.62/172
4. Kim Reymond Denmark 5.50/184
5. Tommy Möller Sweden 6.41/138
6. Barry Sheavills Great Britain 6.41/175
7. Alan Jackson Great Britain 8.66/82
8. Pelle Lindelöw Sweden 9.79/84
COMMENTS:

Micke Kågered did one qualification run saturday and ran 5.07 sec/268 mph. Continouos good performance in one of the slowest field so far this season. The problem seemed to be that most of the car lost traction for different reasons. Micke´s fellow team mate Alan Jackson is in competition with his car for the first time this year. During the first run the blower belt came off Alan´s car and during his second try he smoked the tires. Since most of the teams qualified poorly it will be pretty much a surprise what happens during the first round of eliminations on sunday (schedlued at 10.20 a.m.) Micke Kågered meets Pelle Lindelöw and Alan Jackson is up against Andy Carter. Carter who ran a decent 5.21 at noon saturday, but got problems during his last try for the day. Anita Mäkelä´s efforts seems to be going in the right direction, since her last try for the day also was her best (5.62 sec).

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
– elapsed time sec. and speed m.p.h. -

The end of Micke Kågered´s weekend in top fuel..
Used by the courtesy of photographer Paul Flack.

QUARTER-FINALS
1 Micke Kågered 13.97/36
8 Pelle Lindelöw 9.60/125 SEMI-FINALS
Pelle Lindelöw 9.70/75
Anita Mäkelä 5.26/215
3 Anita Mäkelä 4.99/286
5 Tommy Möller 7.60/103 FINAL
Anita Mäkelä 10.42/69
Andy Carter 5.01/292 W!
2 Andy Carter 5.03/287
7 Jackson 10.55/79
Andy Carter 5.03/292
Kim Reymond 5.10/267
4 Kim Reymond 7.86/137
6 Barry Sheavills 8.41/89

COMMENTS Eliminations:

What can we say? The weekend started in the best possible way with the top fueler and ended in disaster, when the fuel pump of Micke´s top fueler cracked and started a chain reaction that among other things set the engine on fire and both rear wheels exploded. It was pure luck (and maybe an ounce of Micke´s skills as a driver) that the car came to a standstill without severe injuries as a result. In the continued eliminations Anita Mäkelä showed good form up until the moment when her engine broke in the final and maybe cost her the championship title. It may have been a difficult task to outrun Andy Carte, who really got things at this event running 5.0 sec. runs all the way through. A worthy winner of the FIA championship although he only made it by one mere point. Alan Jackson, who ran Knut Söderqvist´s other dragster for the first time this season, lost already in the first round when the blower belt came off his car. Tommy Möller, who has been doing so well in the top fuel tour did not have a successful weekend. Having problems with fron wheel lifts he had to shut off early in his run against Anita. Not that it seemed to have mattered. Anita´s 4.99 second run would have been tough to beat anyway.

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR

Top Methanol Funny Car
E.T. sec/speed m.p.h. Final
Qualification
1. Leif Andreasson Sweden

5.84/237
2.

Mikael Kågered Sweden
5.85/244
3. Alex Joon Sweden 5.89/236
4. Ulf Leanders Sweden 5.89/227
5. Urs Erbacher Sweden 5.97/238
6. Leif Helander Sweden 5.98/236
7. Dezsoe Krivan Sweden 6.16/233
8. Arvid Grödem Norway 6.51/222

——— Not Qualified ———
9. Urs Embacher Sweden 6.64/209
10. Jörgen Johnsson Sweden 6.95/146
11. Stephanie Miliam Great Britain 7.83/174

COMMENTS Qualifications:

Good and close performance in the field where the fastest six cars qualified under 6.seconds. The last run for the day saturday was cancelled after a rain shower delayed the session by hours. Micke Kågered and Leif Andréasson was separated by less than one hundreds of a second and the eliminations sunday should be really worth seeing. Kågered meets Krivan in the first run, while Andréasson is up against Grödem. Andréasson in reality has already won the FIA Championship, while the battle is still on between Leanders, Helander and Kågered about the 2nd – 4th position in the championship.

ELIMINATIONS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR
– elapsed time sec. and speed m.p.h. -

QUARTER-FINALS

1
L. Andreasson 6.28/172
8 Arvid Grödem 6.48/223 SEMI-FINALS
L. Andreasson 5.86/238
Ulf Leanders 5.87/235
4 Ulf Leanders 6.09/229
5 Urs Erbacher 6.54/217 FINAL
Ulf Leanders 5.81/238 W!
Micke Kågered 6.10/232
2 Micke Kågered 5.79/243
8 Dezsoe Krivan 6.51/203
Micke Kågered 5.82/247
Leif Helander 6.03/233
3 Lex Joon 6.05/213 (disqualif.)
6 Leif Helander 6.64/156

COMMENTS Eliminations:

Tough competition to say the least this weekend where the top six cars qualified with E.T´s under six seconds. Micke Kågered´s car- performing so well all weekend all the way up to the final, where a spark plug broke and we lost a cylinder completely. If Micke was disappointed to loose the final he was compensated by the fact that his 5.79 sec. run is a new European record. Andréasson broke his engine “big time” during the first round of eliminations and was not able to continue running, which meant Leanders got a solo run in the semi-finals. Lex Joon unfortunately was disqualified as his car crossed one of the lines that mark the actual lane (we do not have information if it was the side line of center line). To summon up – team Kågered and Leanders was “the winners” in methanol funny car at this event but it was Andréasson, who had earned his points well before the last race, that walked away with the FIA European champion title 2001. A worthy champion that together with the other teams have contributed to a good show and performance that are not far behind what they run in the U.S.

Top Fuel Tour – Round #4
Thulin Dragway, Sweden, August 25-26th

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

TF
Winner Tommy Möller
Runner Up Micke Kågered
Low ET 3.46 (Tommy Möller)
Top Speed 371 (Tommy Möller)

Elapsed time sec/speed km/h. Please note only 1/8 mile is run
(compared to normal 1/4 mile). The reason for this is that the track
is too short to run the full distance in Top Fuel.

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km/h
Sessionn
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3
Mikael Kågered Sweden 3.58/334 15.70/- 3.83/322

Tommy Möller Sweden
3.52/362 3.48/371 3.46/369

COMMENTS Session #1:

Micke smoked the tires app. 100 meters out on the track and disappeared in a big cloud of smoke. Tommy´s run looked nice and smooth. Both cars had 60-foot times around 0.94 seconds, which is really good. Only one round scheduled today saturday. SUnday will include one more qualification run and one final.

COMMENTS Session #2:

Micke lost a cylinder right after start and smoked the tires app. 50 meters out on the track. He stepped off the throttle right away and just rolled over the finish line. Möller looking good again. Micke comments: “We knew Tommy was going to be tough to beat this weekend where we only run 1/8 mile”, Micke Kågered comments. “His car has been quicker than mine on the first part of the track all season, we gain most of our time from half-track to the finish when we run the full track distance”, he continues. “We will see what happens in the final. It is going to be tough for sure”, Micke concludes.

COMMENTS Session #3 (Final):

Micke smoked the tires app. 100 meters out on the track and disappeared in a big cloud of smoke. Tommy´s run looked nice and smooth. Both cars had 60-foot times around 0.94 seconds, which is really good. Only one round scheduled today saturday. SUnday will include one more qualification run and one final.

Nitro Olympics
Hockenheim, Germany, August 17-19th

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

TF
Winner Leif Andréasson
Runner Up Lex Joon
Low ET 5.88 (Leif Andréasson)
Top Speed 391 (Micke Kågered)

The ”cannonball form” of racing means you have to be very consistent to standa chance
to win. Every team is allowed to count 3 out of 4 qualification runs and the two lowest
elapsed times goes to the final.
Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km/h Session
#1 Session
#2 Session
#3 Session
#4
Mikael Kågered Sweden 6.03/391 6.19/381 5.98/390 cancelled
Urs Embacher Sweden 5.85/352 did not run did not run cancelled
Urs Erbacher Sweden 6.05/388 5.99/385 6.01/? cancelled
Deszoe Krivan Sweden 6.19/369 6.32/378 6.08/? cancelled
Alex Joon Sweden 6.10/341 5.94/388 5.93//? cancelled
Magnus Larsson Sweden 8.95/161 did not run 8.05/293 cancelled
Leif Andréasson Sweden 5.90/366 5.94/358 5.94/373 cancelled
FINAL Leif Andréasson
5.88/389
– WINNER – Lex Joon
5.97/380

COMMENTS Session #1:

The time of Urs Embacher is under investigation and will probably be cancelled. Micke Kågered run in the same pair with Leif Andréasson and both cars experienced some tire shakes (not too bad) beginning at half-track. Both of them managed to run through it with good results. Urs Erbacher run 5.93 during practice friday, but did not quite manage to repeat it for the first run today. One more runs is scheduled late afternoon. Weather is very hot, humid and cloudy at the moment.

COMMENTS Session #2:

Excellent performance by Andreásson, Erbacher and Joon. Ignition problems for Micke Kågered made the car act very different than supposed to. A fault in the ignition system was dicovered once back again in the pit area that could explain the behaviour of the car.

COMMENTS Session #3:

After having adjusted the ignition for this run the car acted more normal again and Mickes time this run was 5.98 sec. The fourth qualification run was cancelled since the organisers were hours behind schedule after a major clean up from oil in one lane. This means the qualifications are complete and it is Andréasson and Joon who have the lowest total elapsed times and will meet in the final.

COMMENTS Final:

Lex Joon were ahead of Andréasson from the starting line with a better reaction time and also managed a fine elapsed time of 5.97 sec. Andréasson was not able to catch up Joon and it was Joon who crossed the finish line first. However Joon´s run was diqualified as he he hit a cone at the finish line (the word is that it caused the time to stop in Andréassons lane too, but that is not confirmed). Andréasson was announced the winner.

Top Fuel Tour – Round #3
Tullinge Raceway, Sweden, August 3-5th

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

TF
Winner Micke Kågered
Runner Up Tommy Möller
Low ET 5.10 (Micke Kågered)
Top Speed 473 (Micke Kågered)

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km/h
Final
Qualification
1. Mikael Kågered Sweden 5.13/464
2.

Tommy Möller Sweden

5.19/442
3. Monica Öberg Sweden 5.32/423
4. Pelle Lindelöw Sweden 6.42/331

COMMENTS:

After a whole day of waiting, the rain pouring down, we could finally run a qualification run at 6 p.m. – Micke Kågered is the leader of the pack after the run, with Tommmy Möller following close behind. Micke did find it a bit slippery at the last part of the track in his lane, but was satisfied to be number one qualifier his first time racing at Tullinge. “It is a nice track”, Micke says and continues; “I think we will see some really good and fast racing on sunday, both in top fuel and the other classes”.

Monica Öberg had to shut off somewhat early as the front part of hercar jazzed sideways pretty bad (as we saw it from trackside). What happened to Pelle Lindelöw we do not know. The time tells he had problems of some kind. This concludes the qualifications. One chance only was provided, which not seem very fair, but the weather is something we can not influence.. In sunday´s first round of eliminations Micke Kågered meets Pelle Lindelöw and Tommy Möller is up against Monica Öberg. To be continued..

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTERER
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h -

SEMI-FINALS
2 Tommy Möller 5.30/436
3 Monica Öberg 5.49/350

FINAL
Tommy Möller 10.32/132
Mikael Kågered 5.10/472 W!
1 Mikael Kågered 5.19/473
4 Pelle Lindelöw 7.74/172

COMMENTS Finals:

What can we say – the car goes like a bracket race car, very consistent mostly thanks to the skills of Alan Jackson and Bill Schultz who are tuning the car. This was Micke´s second win in the top fuel tour and he was very content after the run. “It feels GOOD to win”, said Micke and the rest of the crew can only agree. Tommy Möller´s car lifted the front wheels a meter up in the air soon after the start and Tommy did not stand a chance to catch up with Micke after that.

COMMENTS Semi-finals:

First pair out was Möller against Öberg. Tommy Möller did not quite manage to repeat the fine time he did yesterday, but it was enough to win over Monica Öberg. Team Kågered´s intentions for this first run was pretty much to try and repeat what we did yesterday. It was Pelle who was out first from the starting line, bur Micke could win the run comfortably anyway running the fine time 5.19 sec/473 km. Pelle Lindelöw on the other hand spilled oil from 100 meters out and all the way after the finish line. A major cleanup is going on at the moment (1.45 p.m.) The final between Möller/Kågered is scheduled to 4 p.m. and we will post the results a.s.a.p.

Sko-Uno Drag Festival – FIA Round #3
Mantorp Park, Sweden, July 27-29th

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

TF TMFC
Winner Kim Reymond Leif Andreasson
Runner Up Micke Kågered Jörgen Johnsson
Low ET 5.11 (Micke Kågered) 5.92 (Micke Kågered)
Top Speed 459 (Barry Sheavills) 389 (Micke Kågered)

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km/h

Final
Qualification
1. Mikael Kågered d Sweden

5.11/456
2.

Anita Mäkelä Finland
5.19/438
3. Andy Carter Great Britain 5.22/405
4. Barry Sheavills Great Britain 5.26/?
5. Kim Reymond Denmark 5.32/405
6. Peter Beck Sweden 5.49/353
COMMENTS:

Not bad to be in second position after only two real top fuel runs and with good performance too. Unfortunately the crank was damaged during this run and a change of engine is on the agenda tonight. During the last session just minutes ago (8.00 p.m) only Anita Mäkelä and Kim Reymond were out running. Anita just made a practice launch and shut off early. Kim Reymond still not being in the field after having struggled for two days needed a time bad to be in the elimination ladder.

Micke Kågered is up against Peter beck in the first round of eliminations. Anita Mäkelä will meet Kim Reymond and Barry Sheavills run against Andy Carter.

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h. -

QUARTER-FINALS
1 Micke Kågered 5.36/315
6 Peter Beck – broke – SEMI-FINALS
M. Kågered 11.82/13434
– bye -
– bye -
– bye – FINAL
Micke Kågered 5.65/?
K. Reymond 5.36/398 W!
2 Anita Mäkelä 5.67/285
7 Kim Reymond 5.30/385
Kim Reymond 5.21/406
Barry Sheavills 5.18/451
3 Barry Sheavills 5.24/459
6 Andy Carter 5.24/443

COMMENTS:

Peter Beck had a terrible weekend. His team did not perform well during qualifications, no matter how hard they tried. During the last session he then broke his engine so bad he could not continue. Micke, alone on the starting line for the quarter finals made a 1000-foot pass with a brilliant time 5.36 sec. As number one qualifier he then was granted a bye run in the semi-finals in the 6-car ladder. For different reasons the organisers were running late and therefore in the semi-finals team Kågered decided to make a real easy pass to cut the time needed to prepare the car for the final. Andy Carter got a bit to eager in the quarter finals and red-lighted against Sheavills who continued to the semi-finals. Anita Mäkelä, always popular at Mantorp lost unexpectedly in the first round to Kim Reymond. Reymond having had a tough qualification, breaking parts and working hard to get everything together performed much better during the eliminations. Being a cobra at the startling line won him the semi-final over Barry Sheavills (who had a lower elapsed time). In the final the blower belt came off Micke´s car at approximately 1000-feet and Micke could only watch Reymond fly over the finish line as a winner.
“Real bad luck, that is the only thing I can say”, Micke commented. “The blower belt breaks very seldom and it is a pity it happened during a final.. it is just for us to let it go and start concentrating on next event at Tullinge next weekend”, said Micke Kågered.

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR

Top Methanol Funny Car
E.T. sec/speed km/h
Final
Qualification
1. Ulf Leanders Sweden

5.92/381
2.

Leif Andreasson Sweden
5.93/389
3. Mikael Kågered Sweden 6.02/378
4. Leif Helander Sweden 6.16/367
5. Arvid Grödem Norway 6.28/357
6. Jörgen Johnsson Sweden 6.47/311

Micke Kågered and Jörgen Johnsson qualifying saturday
COMMENTS Qualifications:

Both Micke Kågered and Leif Andreasson have been running consistent so far and together with Leif Helander and Ulf Leanders they are a really strong quartet of Swedes.
First run of eliminations will be a solo run for Andreasson, while Micke Kågered will oppose Urs Embacher in the first round. Team Kågered are still struggling to find the right combination of clutch and fuel setup for the current track conditions. The car is quick and consistent, but we will try to our best to improve the performance for tomorrow.

ELIMINATIONS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h -

QUARTER-FINALS
1 Leanders 6.55/251
Johnsson 6.55/305 WIN SEMI-FINALS
Johnsson 6.29/310
Dezsoe Krivan 6.02/234
4 Leanders – broke -
5 Krivan 6.65/212 FINAL
Johnsson 7.79/190
Andreasson 5.93/384 W!
2 Andreasson 5.93/383
8 Grödem – disqualified -
Andreasson 5.96/381
Kågered 6.36/351
3 Kågered 6.06/389
6 Helander 6.26/367

COMMENTS:

Easy win in the quarter finals for Micke Kågered against Leif Helander, who could not get his car to run real fast at this event. Ulf Leanders, who was outstanding during qualifications was beaten already first round when his engine broke. Rookie Jörgen Johnsson instead got the bye run in the semifinals. Team Kågered had several problems and did not get the car to perform good enough to beat Andréasson who was Mr. Consistency during eliminations and could add another well deserved victory to his record. Micke´s comment on his team´s performance: “We really struggled during qualifications. First we had problems with the ignition and the engine lost two cylinders completely. When we solved the problems, the on board computer would not work, which meant we did not get readings from the runs and pretty much had to guess how to adjust the clutch and fuel system”, Micke sighs. ” It worked pretty good to begin with and we qualified with the time 6.02 sec. which is not bad. However we knew that was not good enough to beat Andréasson nor Leanders in the eliminations. The adjustments we decided on did not work out and the car got bad tire shakes and I could not hold full throttle all the way in the semi-final”, Micke continues. ” I am a bit disappointed I must admit. The funny car has not been performing so well this season as it did last year when we won five events in a row”, Micke points out.

Top Fuel Tour – Round #2
Pite Raceway, Sweden, July 14-15th

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

TF
Winner Micke Kågered
Runner Up Monica Öberg
Low ET 5.05 (Micke Kågered)
Top Speed 474 (Micke Kågered)

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

Maintenance work in the pit area saturday

Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km/h
Session #1 Session
#2

Session
#3
Mikael Kågered Sweden 5.14/? did not run canceled

Tommy Möller Sweden
5.24/421 did not run cancelled
Pelle Lindelöw Sweden 5.34/? 5.28/437 cancelled
Monica Öberg Sweden – 5.22/421 cancelled

COMMENTS Session #1:

Good run for Micke, straight and smooth. Unfortunately we did not get any speed indication (nor did Pelle Lindelöw). Tommy Möller´s engine went on fire during the run, we suspect they have some damages to take care of, but there was never any real danger as the fire was quickly distinguished by the rescue crew. Monica Öberg got problems (could not get the reverse in maybe?) and just continued all track down.

Team Kågered is in for a engine change since the crank shaft broke during the run. We also have some damage to the clutch. At the moment (1.45 p.m.) it is raining and delays are to be expected. Once the weather clear up the track will have to be dried before we can run again.

COMMENTS Session #2:

We did not get the car race ready in time for the second session today. We changed the damaged crank shaft instead of changing the whole engine, which took some time. Tommy Möllers´ engine suffered major damages last run as we suspected (block, crank etc. needs to be replaced), so he was not out running in the second session either.
Micke Kågered is still quickest with the 5.14 he managed earlier today. We will be out once more (7.30 p.m.) according to the schedule and will be back after that with the final qualification standings. The weather has cleared up pretty much, so we hope to stand clear of rain for the nearest hours at least.

COMMENTS Session #3:

A heavy rain shower came across the track area around 6 p.m. and after that the organisers have tried to dry the track for two hours. At 9 p.m. it was decided that the third qualification session must be cancelled, since the track is still not dry and it is getting cooler rapidly. This means it is still Micke Kågered who is number one qualifier and he meets Pelle Lindelöw in sunday´s first elimination run. Möller´s crew is still working hard to get the car race ready after suffering major damage to the engine earlier today. Tommy Möller is up against Monica Öberg in the first run tomorrow (scheduled around noon).
We will be back with results from sunday´s sessions.
ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h -

Micke getting ready to run against Pelle Lindelöw

SEMI-FINALS
2 Monica Öberg 5.21/372
3 Tommy Möller 7.27/223

FINAL
Monica Öberg 5.13/?
M. Kågered 5.05/464 W!
1 M. Kågered 5.16/474
4 Pelle Lindelöw 20.72/91

COMMENTS Finals:

Big day for Micke Kågered who ended the eliminations by running 5.05 sec. which is a new track record here in Piteå. Tommy Möller won over Pelle Lindelöw in the battle about third place. Tommy´s time was 5.34 sec. and it looks like things are starting to go right again for team Möller.

COMMENTS Semi-finals:

After the qualification run 5.14 yesterday and the win against Pelle Lindelöw in the semi-finals, one must say that Micke Kågered has proved himself worthy of a seat in the top fuel tour. The speed 474 km is a new unofficial Swedish record. At the moment we are taking the engine apar (1.10 p.m). The clutch in Mickes car hurt during the run and also one main bearing, so we are in for a engine change for the final and the mechanics are working real hard at the momemt. The Final run against Monica Öberg is scheduled to 4 p.m. if there are no further delays. Both Pelle Lindelöw and Tommy Möller smoked the tires. Möller having changed the complete engine for today and maybe with a different combination as a result did what he could to get to the finish line as quick as possible. Tommy is meeting Pelle in the run about the 3rd place.

Top Fuel Tour – Round #1
Wittstock, Germany, June 30th-July 1st

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

TF
Winner Tommy Möller
Runner Up Pelle Lindelöw
Low ET 5.13 (Tommy Möller)
Top Speed 464 (Micke Kågered)

Micke at the starting line at Wittstock today

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed km/h
Session #1 Session #2

Session
#3
Monica Öberg Sweden 6.88/398 5.27/37 canceled

Tommy Möller Sweden
10.80/? 5.31/344 cancelled
Mikael Kågered Sweden 5.90/256 5.40/466 cancelled
Pelle Lindelöw Sweden 12.61/? 16.43/89 cancelled

Third qualifying session was cancelled due to rain.
COMMENTS Session #1:

We think all four top fuel tour teams wanted to make a careful first run and check out what the traction was like, since it is the first time we run at Wittstock Raceway (a former military air force base). Micke got a very smooth run (maybe a bit too smooth) and he shut off at least 100 meters early according to plan (that is why the speed was only 256 km/h). At the moment maintenance work and adjustments are made to the car and if the traction is OK we will be able to go quicker next run, that is scheduled at 4 p.m. Also there will be one thrird run at 9 p.m. tonight. Then the air will probably be a bit cooler and better for the engines.

COMMENTS Session #2:

During the second qualifying session all cars had to go in the left lane, due to an oil down in the right lane. The left lane has been considered as the better of the two lanes and the performance improved a great deal for most teams. Team Kågered are a bit confused obout the elapsed time of our run. With 446 km/h in speed, the elapsed time should be quicker than 5.40 the scoring board showed. The run looked good and straight and it came as a surprise that the time was “so slow”. At the moment it means were are in the third qualifying spot, which we hope to improve later tonight.

Tommy Möller´s run looked real good as well, while Monica Öberg was pretty much all over the track. She did a good driving job and there is nothing to complain about when it comes to her elapsed time 5.27. That was probably pretty much what the track could take at that moment. Pelle Lindelöw is still struggling and went up in smoke again. As there will be a thrird qualification run tonight, we hope everyting works out better for him then.

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
– elapsed time sec. and speed km/h -

Micke Kågered vs. Tommy Möller

SEMI-FINALS
1 Monica Öberg 10.34/123
4 Pelle Lindelöw 8.83/265

FINAL
Pelle Lindelöw 12.06/144
Tommy Möller 5.20/37 W!
2 Micke Kågered 5.21/464
3 Tommy Möller 5.13/451

The run between Micke Kågered and Monica Öberg about the third place ended with a solo run for Micke after Öberg´s chassis broke in her run against Pelle Lindelöw.
However, Micke´s car “smoked the tires” and he shut off at half track. The time was a modest 10.69 sec/133 km to conclude the race in Wittstock for this season

COMMENTS Eliminations:

5 thousands of a second – that is how close Micke Kågered was to beat Tommy Möller in the first round of eliminations. Micke was first off the starting line and according to himself “he never saw Tommy” during the entire race. Möller running almost one tenth of a second quicker than Micke overtook Micke litterally on the finish line. “I have never been so sure I won during my entire career so it must have been real close”, said a disappointed Micke Kågered, who is now to meet Monica Öberg to compete about the third/fourth positions. The track seemed pretty good and Micke´s speed during this last run was impressive 464 km (288 m.p.h). “Although we did not win, we still have the chance to to try and reach the 300 m.p.h limit”, said car owner Knut Söderqvist after the race. He was satisfied with Micke´s way of driving and is confident there is more to take out of the car, to increase the performance further.

In the other pair Öberg vs. Lindelöw the cars did not live up to their normal standards, both cars having problems of some kind. In the end it was Pelle Lindelöw, who was first over the finish line and that is what matter, so he meets Tommy Möller in the final of the first top fuel tour event.

After Monica Öberg returned to the pit area we found out the chassis of her dragster had broken during the run against Lindelöw. That means some of the special seemless tubing need to be replaced and that is nothing that can be done on the track today. As a result Micke Kågered got a solo run and by that ended in third place. Tommy Möller with experienced crew chief Peter Lantz did well all weekend and it is only to congratulate them on their good performance.

Nitro Nationals – FIA Round #2
Alastaro Raceway, Finland, June 8-10th

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

TMFC
Winner Ulf Leanders
Runner Up Micke Kågered
Low ET 5.86 (Leif Andreasson)
Top Speed 390 (Leif Andreasson)

Qualification session on friday – Micke in pair with Leanders

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR

Top Methanol Funny Car
E.T. sec/speed m.p.h.
Final
Qualification
1. Leif Andreasson Sweden

5.86/390
2.

Ulf Leanders Sweden
5.97/380
3. Mikael Kågered Sweden 6.02/384
4. Leif Helander Sweden 6.06/373
5. Jörgen Johnsson Sweden 6.85/244

COMMENTS Qualifications:

Saturday´s qualification schedule was delayed partly due to rain showers. This meant the three runs scheduled was reduced to one. Things did not change much in the qualification list. Ulf Leanders however improved his time slightly to 5.97 and also new funny car pilot Jörgen Johnson passed his license upgrade and by doing so made his way into the elimination ladder.

“Conditions are tough at the moment for us”, comments crew chief Göran Edman of team Kågered. “We have struggled with a defect transmission which have had an bad impact on the performance of the car. We should really have needed one more run to find out for sure that the adjustments we have made after the reparation of the transmission work the way we hope,” Göran continues.”Mainly it all comes down to the fuel/clutch combination and there are many factors to take into account before making a decision – for example how much the clutch is slipping, if there are tire shakes etc. The team that can sort it out best to match the current weather and track condition will be the winner. It can be anyone of us.

ELIMINATIONS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR
– elapsed time sec. and speed m.p.h. -

QUARTER-FINALS
1 L. Andreasson 6.01/381
– bye – SEMI-FINALS
Andreasson 6.28/374
Kågered 6.01/390
3 Kågered 6.05/380 WIN
4 Helander FINAL
Kågered 5.99/378
Leanders 5.97/372 W!
– bye -
– bye -
– bye -
Leanders 6.01/379
2 Leanders 6.00/377
5 Johnsson 8.09/185 – redlight -

COMMENTS Eliminations:

To begin with today the track was very slippery, which made us make a last minute change in the clutch setup. That proved to be a good move and gave us the win over Leif Helander. Ulf Leanders beat new comer Jörgen Johnsson, who was too eager on the starting line and red lighted. Since Leanders semi-final run was a solo run, it automatically qualified him a place in the final. Leif Andréasson had a solo run in the quarter finals and he used it well running 6.01 sec. In the semi-finals against Micke Andréasson´s car seemed to shake tires which caused him to loose time. Micke Kågered comments: “I never saw him during the run, an rare experience when it comes to me meeting Leif the last seasons. I deifinately want to experience it again!”, says Micke. The finals between Kågered/Leanders ended in Leanders favour, when Micke Kågered engine broke 300 meters down the track. Despite this his time was a fine 5.99 sec (see below) and he was just overtaken by Leanders at the finish line.

FIA The Main Event – FIA Round #1
Santa Pod Raceway, England, June 26-28th

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

TF TMFC
Winner Anita Mäkelä Leif Andreasson
Runner Up Peter Beck Leif Helander
Low ET 5.00 (Andy Carter) 5.86 (Leif Andreasson)
Top Speed 285 (Anita Mäkelä) 238 (Leif Andreasson)

Micke at the end of the track after the 5.58 sec. run. His first real run in a dragster.

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

Top Fuel Dragster
E.T. sec/speed m.p.h.

Final
Qualification
1. Anita Mäkelä Finland 5.17/251
2.

Mikael Kågered Sweden
5.22/269
3. Andy Carter Great Britain 5.28/212
4. Barry Sheavills Great Britain 5.53/176
5. Peter Beck Sweden 5.58/191
6. Kim Reymond Denmark 10.43/73
COMMENTS:

Not bad to be in second position after only two real top fuel runs and with good performance too. Unfortunately the crank was damaged during this run and a change of engine is on the agenda tonight. During the last session just minutes ago (8.00 p.m) only Anita Mäkelä and Kim Reymond were out running. Anita just made a practice launch and shut off early. Kim Reymond still not being in the field after having struggled for two days needed a time bad to be in the elimination ladder.

Micke Kågered is up against Peter beck in the first round of eliminations. Anita Mäkelä will meet Kim Reymond and Barry Sheavills run against Andy Carter.

ELIMINATIONS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
– elapsed time sec. and speed m.p.h. -

QUARTER-FINALS
1 Anita Mäkelä 7.43/104
6 Kim Reymond – broke – SEMI-FINALS
Anita Mäkelä 6.38/137
– bye -
– bye -
– bye – FINAL
A. Mäkelä 5.18/285 W!
Peter Beck – broke -
2 Micke Kågered 5.53/206
7 Peter Beck 5.25/263
Peter Beck 5.60/246
Barry Sheavills 5.66/158
3 Barry Sheavills 5.00/285
6 Andy Carter 5.08/286

COMMENTS Eliminations:

Micke Kågered´s first top fuel event ended after the first round of elimination, where he was defeated by Peter Beck. Micke did his driving job properly although the ride was not a smooth one, the car shaking tires. Down half track the vibrations made the fuel pump shake loose and the run was over. In the semi-finals both Peter Beck and Barry Sheavills broke their engines badly and will not be able to make it to the finals, which means Anita Mäkelä will have an easy bye run in the final.

Micke Kågered´s comment on this: “To be the first event for us in the class, we can not be too disappointed although we would have liked to perform better. We missed the number one qualifying spot by only 5 hundreds of a second, that made the difference in the outcome of this race. However, we are happy that nothing was badly damaged after the fuel pump shook loose for us at half track. “

Next event for the top fuel dragster will be the top fuel tour event at Wittstock, Germany four weeks from now.

Micke Kågered (right) and Ulf Leanders during qualifications

QUALIFICATION RESULTS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR

Top Methanol Funny Car
E.T. sec/speed m.p.h.
Final
Qualification
1. Leif Andreasson Sweden

5.88/238
2.

Leif Helander Sweden
5.93/233
3. Mikael Kågered Sweden 5.95/240
4. Ulf Leanders Sweden 6.08/226
5. Dezsoe Krivan Sweden 6.17/231
6. Urs Embacher Sweden 6.60/207
7. Alex Joon Sweden 6.80/140

COMMENTS Qualifications:

Both Micke Kågered and Leif Andreasson have been running consistent so far and together with Leif Helander and Ulf Leanders they are a really strong quartet of Swedes.
First run of eliminations will be a solo run for Andreasson, while Micke Kågered will oppose Urs Embacher in the first round. Team Kågered are still struggling to find the right combination of clutch and fuel setup for the current track conditions. The car is quick and consistent, but we will try to our best to improve the performance for tomorrow.

The last qualifying round in top methanol resulted in a 5.95 sec. run

ELIMINATIONS TOP METHANOL FUNNY CAR
– elapsed time sec. and speed m.p.h. -

QUARTER-FINALS
1 L. Andreasson 5.93/236
– bye – SEMI-FINALS
L. Andreasson 5.86/238
Dezsoe Krivan 6.02/234
4 Leanders – broke -
5 Krivan 6.65/212 FINAL
L. Andreasson 5.87/238 W!
Leif Helander 6.00/231
2 Micke Kågered 6.03/233
8 Urs Embacher – broke -
Micke Kågered 6.22/212
Leif Helander 5.97/233
3 Leif Helander 5.96/233
6 Alex Joon 6.01/235

COMMENTS Eliminations:

During the semi-final run against Leif Healnder, Mickes car shook the tires badly and although doing a good driving job he did not stand a chance to catch up with Helander, who continued to run consistent as all weekend. Micke Kågered comments: “With the answer on hand we misjudged the clutch and fuel combination between the first run and the semi-finals. We meant to make the car more aggressive to run faster than the 5.95 we did yesterday, but the setup we chose did not work as we anticipated”.