Tierp Internationals
Tierp Arena, 15th-18th June 2017

Lördag / Saturday

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Pro Mod racer Freddy Fagerström, another racer with a Leanders clutch, suffered directional problems in the first session which led to a reflector being dislodged by the exhaust blast, then shake in session two. This morning a 6.662 put him in fifteenth, so the team looked as if they are closing in on good settings, confimed by his final pass of 6.262 to go twelfth. Jörgen Leanders is on site advising.

Pro Mod racer Roger Johansson is making a welcome return after his 2016 Main Event crash. His new Mustang was built by Roger using a Rick Jones Race Cars chassis, with a 903cu in Nitrous engine. He is in testing mode and working out the bugs, but a throttle feathering 6.297/381 got him in at no.13. For a video about how he transported the new car's body and chassis to Europe see here.

Pro Mod racer Hussain Al Shammari has had a few problems but is being resilient and a 5.984/340 run, subsequently disqualified for a technical infringement involving the gearshifting mechanism, showed his potential. After final qualifying he was 15th with his 6.582 from session two.

Pro Mod racer Bruno Bader suffered shake in the first session but still recorded a 6.467/369, and then in the second session he had tyre spin and smoke. This morning he was able to drive through shake for a 6.105/372 to go ninth after final qualifying.

Pro Mod racer Norbert Kuno has improved consistency following input from Adam Lambert of Precision Racing Suspension in the US at the Main Event. A 6.211/369 in session two was followed by a 6.268 in session three albeit with smoke from the engine. He was in 10th place after final qualifying.

Pro Mod racer Kim Kristiansen has the car formerly owned and run by Marc Meihuizen. After an up in smoke initial pass he ran a great 6.16 in session two and followed it up with a 6.058/375 to go sixth. Kim raced Top Doorslammer from 2002 and ran a blown Camaro in that series until 2016.

Pro Mod racer David Vegter is in fourth place with a 5.996/392 after two clean runs of 6.11 and 6.12. The team fitted a new lighter front and doors after the Main Event. There is also a new blower for this year. Sponsorship is from PTTM Musclecar Performance.

Pro Stock racer Bengt Ljungdahl said in the lanes before session three 'We aren't that happy, we have what it takes but we need to perform'. He did indeed perform and grabbed the no.1 spot with a 6.52/140.

Top Methanol Funny Car racer Sandro Bellio ran a new PB of 5.665 to go to the top of the qualifying lists once the 0.26 handicap had been applied. He said 'There is more to come because the Molinari clutch was slipping in high gear and also I put the chutes out a little early. I want to run a 5.5s pass this weekend.'

Pro Stock racer Christian Sagelv said 'We have a new car and new engine and are aiming high. Jerry Haas built the chassis and the car was converted to European specs by previous driver Frank Gugliotta of RJ Race Cars, it previously having been run in NHRA competition. It has had only 30 passes on it'. Christian who is Norwegian and Swedish nationality plans to run it at Alastaro, Tierp in August and possibly a UK debut at Santa Pod at the Euro Finals. He ran a new PB of 6.672 in qualifying to go sixth.

Stock/Super Stock racer Dan Williams is through to round two of the competition after defeating Fredrik Frisberg with a 9.98. Dan said 'Our starter motor was giving us problems and thanks to Rick McCann and Carla Pittau for giving us their spare'. Rick is also through to round two.

Competition Eliminator racer Jens Zimmerman suffered problems in qualifying and was last in 23rd position. Problems continued in round one where he was defeated by Mikael Holmström.

Top Fuel Dragster racer Antti Horto ran well in session one (4.12/461) but the team decided to change the engine between sessions. The result was an improvement to 4.030/478 in session two and further improvement this morning to 3.999/489 to place him no.2. .

Top Fuel Dragster racer Liam Jones had problems with a broken cam follower and consequent head and block damage. The team missed the second session and this morning had to lift at half track with another suspected motor issue. His first run placed him fourth at 4.159/443.

Top Fuel Dragster racer Stefan Gunnarsson is aided by crew chief Peter Lantz and parts supplier Mike Domagala of Premium Motorsports Products. Due to a problem not of PMP's making, Stefan's parts delivery got delayed in shipping and so he has only one engine and crank for this event. He said 'We will take it easy in qualifying but apply full throttle tomorrow'. He is qualified sixth with a 5.067/225.

Top Fuel Dragster racer Anita Mäkelä suffered bad engine damage on her first pass in recording 4.100/395. She said 'We lost a lot of parts and missed session two as we were trying to find the reason for the failure. The manifold, heads and block had to be replaced. We still don't know what caused it and we will need to look at again after the race'. The team are also constrained by time before the next event as there is a public holiday for Midsummer which closes much of Finland.

Top Fuel Dragster racer Micke Kågered said 'Our runs yesterday were not so good as we are still testing our new fuel setup. The first session was a planned launch but we went for a half pass in the second but the engine dropped a cylinder at the hit and got bad tyre shake. There was too much fuel'. This morning, he blackstriped after the launch but was off th throttle by the eighth to record a 5.206/221. He finished 'I have a TCR Car Championship race in which my cars are competing this weekend but need to be here'.

Top Fuel Dragster racer Stig Neergaard was not happy with either of his passes in yesterday's qualifying. 'The car smoked the tyres after 0.2-0.3s on both runs. This is a really different track from Santa Pod, not as grippy at the start line. We had a new motor setup at the Main Event and don't really know how much power to take out of it, but it needs less power at the hit'. His problems continued this morning with more smoke in session three.

Top Methanol Funny Car racer Ari Pietilä has made a lot of changes over the winter and still had much to do once he got to the track. 'We arrived here with a bare block and built the engine up over Thursday and Friday. We had problems with the manifold plate leakaing but solved that and are ready to go'. The car has a new PSI blower from Johnny Oksa and a carbon fibre from him as well. His first run this morning was 5.932/391, impressive for virtually a new car.

Top Methanol Funny Car racer Linn Engan Karlsen was brought up in drag racing. 'My Mum and Dad raced and when I was old enough I got a junior dragster and then went into Super Comp. I licensed for TMFC in 2013 in this car which was owned by Arvid Grødem, and he decided to sell it to me last year and his team have joined me as well'. Linn's qualifying passes were 6.079 and 6.200 (after a missed first session when a replacement transmission blanket was borrowed from Andreas Sjödin). 'Not as quick as my 5.91 licensing pass' she said. Linn who is studying Petroleum Technology at university would like to race the car later in the year with suitable sponsorship, the NitrOlympX being top of her list.

Top Methanol Funny Car racer Micke Larsson said 'We have prepared well for this event and I was pleased with a 5.926/394. The car is the same as before but we have added extra Racepak sensors and we now have a Leanders clutch'. He is up against the dragster of Timo Habermann in round one.

Pro Mod racer Håkan Persson ran a 6.075/382 to qualify seventh out of nineteen. He said 'We have prepared well for this event and I am happy with the run. The car is mostly the same as last year but I have new Racepak sensors'. He is running a Leanders clutch which he acquired last year.

Pro Mod and Pro Stock racer Jimmy Ålund has had to make a pass in the Old 51, then come back immediately to the start line for Pro Stock, which follows Pro Mod two classes later in the order. After a improved 5.930 in Pro Mod which placed him second, he ran a 6.57 in Pro Stock, where he is also second. The Pro Stock run was against Bengt Ljungdahl who grabbed the no.1 position with 6.528/340.

Pro Mod racer Rolf Simonsson came out in session two yesterday and suffered shake and pedalled to a 7.715/200. Today he had problems and was shut off before staging. His nitrous Camaro was built in 2009 by Advanced Chassis and has a NOS Pat Musi 903cu in engine, Dart Heads, fuel injection, Turbin clutch, and TH400 ATI gearbox.

Pro Mod racer Matts Logren ran a 7.756/310 in session one, then was DQ'd as he left the line before the tree had been activated in session two. He had engine problems on the run but was able to return this morning but then suffered massive shake and a rear axle failure on the launch.

Pro Mod racer Åke Persson was the first at the event to run a five when he went 5.960/392 in session two. He ran another five with 5.988 in session three. His Camaro was built in 2009 by Dan Page and has a BAE blown engine with NRE Heads. He is supported by Jonny Lindberg Motorsports, Jonnie attending this meeting and helping Åke last year.

Pro Mod racer Jan Brännvall is on the bump spot with a 7.573/249 after some clutch slippage. His runs yesterday were an on-and-off the throttle 7.740 and a wayward 8.056. His '68 Camaro was built in 2014 using a Chris Alston chassis, Hairy Glass body and KB stage 15 engine with Leanders clutch.

Pro Mod racer Micke Johansson went better today with a 6.349 to go 12th. He runs a Leanders clutch and got it sorted by session two yesterday but received no time.

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