The event is the concluding race in the 2012 European drag racing championships. It is round 6 and the final round for the FIA European Drag Race Championship. FIA and UEM qualifications are on friday and saturday and the grand finale, elimination day is on sunday sept 9th. RF Motorsport is of course present with all 3 cars and ready as 8 teams enters for an 8 car elimination ladder.


Risto in Tierp.

In championship points lead is our own Risto Poutiainen and all the top 5 drivers in points are from Finland where Jari (RFM), in 2nd place is 26 points behind Risto and him also with a chance to pass and become the champion. The 3rd place is most likely a matter between Anita Mäkelä and Antti (RFM).


Jari

Risto won at Santa Pod in May and has the power to stay ahead in to become the 2012 European Champion in Top Fuel Dragster. Rune and the skilled RF Motorsport crew, which operate the  car for Risto, will not hold back on anything to make it happen, but as we all know Jari and Antti is not going to give anything to fellow teammate as they all aim for the top 3 possitions.

Antti, who planned to do only three events this year concludes by telling;

- Our plan was to run limited season as we did. Three races (Tierp,
Alastaro, Tierp). Those went so well and after last event we decided to
go one more. Point standings are good for us. Only two points behind
Anita and we want that bronze medal.

- This is my second year in Top Fuel and I can't ask for better. Car is
working very well and it's faster than ever. At this point every run is
new for me and I need to work with it. I'am thankful that I have good
teachers in Rune and Tony Pearson.

- Our aim is to go to Santa Pod and make a good season ending. We are
looking for that medal and it would be nice to see RFM cars 1,2,3.  
The Final would be the hardest race of this season. There are many good cars and a good track. I hope that we can also do a 4.0 run.


Antti at warm-up in Tierp


Live webcast can be seen at Eurodragster.com and live radio on Nitro FM 96.2

Santa Pod Raceway is Europe’s most famous dragstrip and hosts the first and last rounds of the FIA European Championship. For drag race fans in Europe and America, the UK track needs little introduction. Santa Pod Raceway opened at Easter 1966 as Europe's first permanent drag racing venue. It is still known as the home of European Drag Racing. It was built on a disused World War II American air base, RAF Podington, once home to the 92nd Bombardment Group of the US Army Air Force. The track was named Santa Pod after the Santa Ana strip in California, combined with the name of the local village, Podington. Since then the name Santa Pod has become synonymous with the sport of drag racing in Europe. Started with only the ¾-mile (1,207-metre) main runway as a drag strip, nowadays Santa Pod is one of the best-equipped tracks with full concrete safety barriers, large grandstands, VIP suites, fully-paved pit area, camping facilities, etc. Competition distance: 1000 feet.

Present pointstanding befor last event:


FIA European Top Fuel Dragster Records:

Elapsed Time  ¼ mile:
4.572 sec. set by Andy Carter (UK) at Santa Pod Raceway 

Speed ¼ mile:
317.06 mph set by Risto Poutiainen (FIN) at Santa Pod Raceway

Elapsed Time 1000 ft:
4.008 sec. set by Tommy Johnson Jr (US) at Tierp Arena

Speed 1000 ft:
305.32 mph/ 491.36 kph set by Risto Poutiainen (FIN) at Tierp Arena



Text: Polly