2019: Round 2 – FIM European Championships – Tierp Internationals

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European Drag Racing Championships
FIM-E Round Two -Tierp Internationals
Tierp Arena, Sweden

June 6-9, 2019

Filippos Papafilippou wins big in Sweden

Words by Ivan Sansom & Rose Hughes
Photos courtesy and copyright Stefan Boman
Timing data courtesy of nitroz.se

Top Fuel Bike

Reverting to a two-speed transmission after opening the year with a direct drive setup, the Greek rider blasted into the low 5.70s during eliminations (having qualified low with a 5.7867) with a 5.725 at only 228mph.





His semifinal match up with Jan Sturla Hegre produced a backed 5.784/228mph for a FIM-E Top Fuel Bike ET record; Hegre also recording his PB on a 6.049/206 and must be a strong bet for the next European rider into the five-second club. On the lower half of the ladder Rikard Gustafsson also qualified strongly with a 5.8588/247, ran a mid-six bye in the quarterfinals and then PB’d with a 5.8126 at a huge 252.66mph (fastest pass in European history).

The final was considerably delayed by rain and oils downs and both riders slowed into the mid six-second zone with Fast Fil bouncing back into championship contention with the event win. 

Super Twin

Super Twin wasn’t quite the performance festival that the sharp end of the Top Fuel field delivered, but once again the increasingly great Dane Marcus rumbled through eliminations with a series of mid sixes.

Christiansen with his best of the weekend qualifying him low with a 6.4240 to take the event win with a 6.4867 over Gert-jan Laseur’s exhaust dispatching eight-second shut-off, the Dutch rider appearing in his first-class final. Quickest rider of the event was Tommy Grimes Jr on Per Bengtsson’s blown parallel twin which carded a 6.1958 despite an early shutoff in the opening round of eliminations

Pro Stock Bike

The Pro Stock field was severely diminished during qualifying, especially when incoming points leader Janne Koskinen departed from his Suzuki during the opening round.

Fortunately skin rash being the limit of the damage to himself, but that ended the Finnish team’s participation here. Kalle Lyren was the only runner to dip into the sixes during qualifying, running a 6.9775 to head Fredrik Fredlund’s 7.0141. Both riders progressed unmolested to the final through the opening round of eliminations, with Lyren’s 6.9695/192.39 resetting both ends of the class record. The Parts Europe rider got the jump off the line in the final and was handed an easy win when Fredlund shutoff to avoid crossing the centreline although another consistent 6.9 from Lyren would have been tough to get around in any case.

 

Remaining FIM-E Calendar

July 5-7 – FHRA Nitro Nationals
Kauhava, Finland (Top Fuel, Super Twin, Pro Stock, Super Street)

August 16-18 – NitrOlympX
Hockenheimring, Germany (Top Fuel, Super Twin, Pro Stock, Super Street, Junior Drag Bike Cup)

September 5-8 – European Finals
Santa Pod, UK (Top Fuel, Super Twin, Pro Stock, Super Street, Junior Drag Bike Cup)