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2024 Speedevents Internationals – Coverage from Tierp Arena

Speed Events - Tierp Arena

FIM-E Dragbike Championship – Round Two
SpeedEvents Internationals
Tierp Arena, Sweden

Gustafsson, and Christiansen take their second, Maurice and Bohlin secures his first season Win

words and photos Ivan Sansom & Rose Hughes

Sunday saw a superb conclusion to the second round of the FIM-E Drag Bike championship season. The day went without a hitch, and some excellent performances provided some of the highlights.

FIM-E Super Twin

FIM-E Super Twin provided one of the best eliminators, which culminated in a spectacular final between Marcus Christiansen and Per Bengtsson, both teams going a very different way to running numbers on nitro-fueled twins in an injected V versus parallel blower setup

Marcus Christiansen & Claus Christiansen
Marcus Christiansen & Claus Christiansen

Having worked their way through the preceding two rounds, Christiansen just bested Bengtsson’s personal best numbers with The Beast (a 6.294 defeating a 6.309) but both teams were beaming at the event conclusion. Christiansen extending his points lead, while Bengtsson was very happy with having to go very much back to basics after losing much of his electronics over the course of the day.

Per Bengtsson
Per Bengtsson

FIM-E Top Fuel Bike

Rikard Gustafsson had a more straightforward passage to the FIM-E Top Fuel Bike class trophy, but was disappointed with a couple of uncontested passes (including Rene van den Berg shutting off in the final with a leaking air line before making a move). A pair of 6.10s and a 6.20 took Gustafsson to the winner’s circle but the RG Engineering team still have to solve the piston burning issues before hitting their own performance targets.

FIM-E Top Fuel Bike Rikard Gustafsson
FIM-E Top Fuel Bike Rikard Gustafsson

FIM-E Super Street Bike

FIM-E Super Street Bike was, well, super. Some great numbers, tight racing and shocks and surprises throughout their four rounds of eliminations which boiled down to a match-up between first time FIM-E finalist Margot Schmidt (who was on something of a performance roll, dropping her PB to a 6.916 in the semis for which Team Brothers teammate Daniel Donat Lencses was unable to contest after an oil leak sprung on start-up – Lencses having changed an engine following a class low 6.679 in the quarters) and Swedish veteran Mathias Bohlin (who had also lowered his own PB to a 6.780 in the quarters).

Mathais Bohlin
Mathais Bohlin

Come the trophy run, Margot couldn’t get around Bohlin’s sizable holeshot with the latter’s 7.054 besting a 6.977 from the Dutch rider.

FIM-E Pro Stock Bike

Not to be outdone, FIM-E Pro Stock Bike finalized something of a resurgent weekend for the class with championships one and two, Bertrand Maurice and Joerg Lymant contesting the final. Lymant got the jump off the line, but Maurice rode around him with a 7.140 to a 7.203 decision at the stripe.

Pro Stock Final - Winner Bertrand Maurice and Joerg Lymant
Pro Stock Final – Winner Bertrand Maurice and Joerg Lymant

The step-up in entries across all of the categories bodes well for the resumption of the championship back at Tierp Arena, although do we really have to wait until the start of August before we can do it all again?

SPORTSMAN ELIMINATIONS




For more elimination data visit European DragRacing.EU


POINTS STANDINGS

FIM Top Fuel Motorcycle Points
FIM Super Twin Motorcycle Points
FIM Super Street Bike Points
FIM Pro Stock Motorcycle Points


SATURDAY QUALIFYING

Gustafsson, Christiansen and Lencses Continue Lead but Maurice makes a move on Day Two

words and photos Ivan Sansom & Rose Hughes

Qualifying quickened up for many on the second day for the pro classes at the Speedevents Internationals at Tierp Arena. Three sessions for the bikes shuffled the packs in the four classes, but a leading trio from yesterday held onto their top spots.

 

FIM-E Top Fuel Bike

Rikard Gustafsson carries over his 6.0244 from yesterday to lead FIM-E Top Fuel Bike, putting in a gentle checkout pass to in the first session today after a motor swap. Sverre Dahl has already left the premises, withdrawing due to oiling issues, Rene van den Berg (3rd) and Eric Richard (4th but improving to a 6.7211) hold station, Mike Olie (6.8596) and Kari Rautanen (6.8723) and Thomas Pettersson (7.4568) complete the field.

FIM-E Top Fuel Bike Rikard Gustafsson
Rikard Gustafsson

FIM-E Super Twin

Marcus Christiansen improved to a 6.2189 to stay ahead in FIM-E Super Twin but as we predicted yesterday the chasing field have stepped up a bit.

Per Bengtsson - FIM-E Super Twin
Per Bengtsson

Per Bengtsson (6.6027), Chris van Nimmen (PBing with a 6.8412), Greger Johansson (6.8801), Roman Sixta (6.9324) and Svein Olav Rolfstad (6.9490) cracked the sixes, with Erling Opheim (7.0647) and John Rolfstad (7.2972) rounding out the eight bike field, with four alternates for tomorrow’s eliminations.

Marcus Christiansen - FIM-E Super Twin
Marcus Christiansen

FIM-E Super Street Bike

Dániel Donát Lencsés didn’t improve but yesterday’s 6.7314 holds on to top spot in FIM-E Super Street Bike.

Behind him, Alan Morrison Jnr carded a 6.7606 and Mathais Bohlin improved to a 6.7955, while Mogens Lund blitzed his PB with a 6.8262 to round out the multinational top four. Fourteen bikes will progress to eliminations first thing tomorrow on a sixteen bike ladder.

Alan Morrison Jnr - FIM-E Super Street Bike
Alan Morrison Jr.

FIM-E Pro Stock Bike

Moves in FIM-E Pro Stock Bike shuffled things around a fair bit as reigning champion Bertrand Maurice cracked the 7.0s for his first time with a 7.0921 and Dimitrios Petridis dropped his PB by two tenths with a 7.152 for second spot.

Bertrand Maurice - FIM-E Pro Stock Bike
Bertrand Maurice

Yesterday’s low qualifier Joerg Lymant improved to a 7.1526 but dropped two places (a 6.9 on the scoreboards caused a flurry of excitement until the 0.8s 60 foot clocking was taken into account). Seven qualified riders will give a solid three rounds of eliminations tomorrow, Maurice benefitting from a first round bye and a chance to check out if the fix for a compression loss has done the job.

Dimitrios Petridis - FIM-E Pro Stock Bike
Dimitrios Petridis

Tomorrow (Sunday) will see all four classes head into eliminations day. A FREE Live Stream with appear on the Speedevents Youtube channel when the action starts (subscribe for a notification) https://www.youtube.com/@Speedevents_se

SPORTSMAN QUALIFYING

For more qualifying data visit European DragRacing.EU


FRIDAY QUALIFYING

Gustafsson, Christiansen, Lencses and Lymant lead after Day One

 words and photos Ivan Sansom & Rose Hughes

The opening day of pro qualifying at the Speedevents Internationals at Tierp Arena was a bit of a tentative affair, cool conditions and the occasional (unscheduled) rain shower drew the day out a bit, but two sessions were completed with some familiar faces on top of the sheets but with contrasting fortunes.

FIM-E Top Fuel Bike

FIM-E Top Fuel Bike has Rikard Gustafsson low with a 6.0244 from the first session, although a screen of oil smoke from about 800 foot onwards suggested something wasn’t quite right, a scuffed piston and bore meant a no show for the second session as the RG Engineering team worked on replacing the engine.

FIM-E Top Fuel Bike Rikard Gustafsson
Rikard Gustafsson

Sverre Dahl is currently second with a 6.4513 followed by Rene van den Berg (6.4875) and Eric Richard (6.7957). Eight riders put in qualifiers, but the field is already down to seven as Jan Sturla Hegre and the Uggerud Bros team are packed up and heading home to Norway after an ailing first session pass.

Rikard Gustafsson is the fastest in the Top Fuel Bike at 6.02!

FIM-E Super Twin

Inevitably, the FIM-E Super Twin sheet is currently headed by Marcus Christiansen with a smooth 6.2346. What is an eye opener is the fact that this is over a second ahead of John Rolfstad in second spot with a 7.3431. We anticipate that the twelve bike field (thirteen including a licence chaser) will bunch up a bit over the course of tomorrow.

FIM-E Super Twin Marcus Christiansen
FIM-E Super Twin Marcus Christiansen

Reigning European champion, Marcus Christiansen was the fastest of all in the first qualifying round with his 6.42.

Greger Johansson struggles to stay on his line while racing against Svein Olav Rolfstad.

FIM-E Super Street Bike

The no-bar FIM-E Super Street Bike field (fourteen with timing tickets from today) is gaped by Dániel Donát Lencsés at 6.7314, followed by Mathias Bohlin (6.9294) and an ecstatic Margot Schmidt, who picked up her first six-second ticket with a 6.9724 for third spot.

Dániel Donát Lencsés
Dániel Donát Lencsés

FIM-E Pro Stock Bike

A bit of attrition in FIM-E Pro Stock Bike could thin the field out from an initially healthy seven bikes for tomorrow, but Joerg Lymant (winner of the opening round at Santa Pod back in May) continues his run of form with his Buell to sit on provisional pole with a 7.1888 ahead of Bertrand Maurice at 7.2782.

Joerg Lymant FIM-E Pro Stock Bike
Joerg Lymant

Tomorrow (Saturday) will see further qualifying, three rounds being scheduled, and the pay-per-view live stream will commence here https://www.svenskbilsporttv.se/livestream/s-em-dragracing-fran-tierp-dag-1-3ifuu

SPORTSMAN QUALIFYING

 

For more qualifying data visit European DragRacing.EU


PRE EVENT REPORTS

Team Brothers Regroup Ahead of Tierp

words and photos Ivan Sansom & Rose Hughes

To the outside it appeared that the four bike Team Brothers ensemble would be downhearted after a DNQ and a trio of first round exits at the Main Event. Far from it as the team reflects and projects.

Margot Schmidt
Margot Schmidt

“Looking back on The Main Event we’re pretty satisfied with the results for a big part of the team: Margot Schmidt in Super Street Bike ran a PB 7.03/208 mph and her bike was very consistent this weekend, Eric Richard in Top Fuel ran a PB 6.43/215 mph, and Krisztian Jasz in Super Street Bike ran a 6.98/ 210 mph.

Team Brothers Planning Ahead
Daniel Lencses

After eliminations we ended with Margot at the 7th place, Krisztian at the 6th place in the SSB points, and Eric in 5th in the TFB points. Daniel [Donat Lencses, team leader] was much less fortunate, due to technical issue he wasn’t able to qualify for Super Street Bike eliminations.

Krisztian Jasz
Krisztian Jasz

After a bit of an odd Main Event, we’re now preparing the bikes for Tierp.  Krisztian won’t be able to attend, unfortunately, due to family commitments (happy ones); Margot will be for sure chasing more PBs, and that so much wanted 6-second run. Daniel will make things up for sure after the debacle at the Main Event, and Eric will also chasing for much more PBs, there’s so much more in that bike!”

The team trio that will head to Tierp will have the equipment to challenge for honors, provided they leave some cherries at home.

Eric Richard
Eric Richard

Van Nimmen Ready to Round Two

words and photos Ivan Sansom & Rose Hughes and Chris Van Nimmen

After a challenging opening event at the Main Event, Chris van Nimmen reflects on his runner-up spot, and the hard work the American Lifestyle team put in at Santa Pod. And the preparation work required to contest the next round in FIM-E Super Twin action in Sweden.

Chris Van Nimmen
Chris Van Nimmen

“We tested new spark plugs but they burned away after 990ft so we changed some things in the set up, but still burnt spark plugs. We took the heads off to check for any damage, checked the valves, and also changed the rear tire to a Mickey Thompson.

Chris Van Nimmen

Thanks to Marko Lantto for the parts and the tire. On Sunday, rain, so no qualifiers. The first elimination on Monday worked out much better off the start line with the Mickey Thompson tire, but we still had a problem after 990ft when the engine cut out on high rpm. We found the problem in the gearbox where the clutch had slipped when changing to second gear. So more work!

Chris Van Nimmen

We changed the gearbox with our spare but couldn’t be ready on time for the finals. However, we had a great weekend at Santa Pod. We’ve now repaired the gearbox with new clutch plates (thanks to Bentec’s Per Bengtsson for the fast service), and we’re ready for Tierp.”

The Super Twin field at the SpeedEvents Internationals will be a big one, so qualifying will require van Nimmen to be on PB form just to make race day, but the Belgian team will be working hard with a smile no matter what.

Chris Van Nimmen
Chris Van Nimmen

Team Rolfstad’s Plan for the Season

words and photos Ivan Sansom & Rose Hughes and Rolfstad Pro Drag Racing

Norway’s Rolfstad Pro Drag Racing will head into FIM-E Super Twin competition at the Speedevents Internationals at Tierp buoyed by off season progress and promising early testing at their local Gardermoen track over the past couple of weeks. Second generation team rider and a sign of the future in European nitro bike ranks, John Rolfstad gave us the overview.

John Rolfstad Pro Drag Racing
John Rolfstad

“Over this past winter we’ve upgraded my bike quite massively, with a new engine and rebuilt frame. All the bikes have been completely overhauled so we think we have removed the issues we had last season. This year we are competing with three Second generation supercharged bikes [for John, his father Svein Olaf, and Erling Opheim], and one naturally aspirated entry [ridden by Frank Aaslund].

Svein Olav Rolfstand - Rolfstad Pro Drag Racing
Svein Olav Rolfstand

All four bikes will be ready for the first race at Gardermoen this weekend [at the time of writing John had picked up his first six second ticket]. This will be a great opportunity to test the bikes before we go to our first FIM race of the season, which we hope will be the first of many. We were also at Gardermoen last weekend for some 1/8 mile testing and we are excited about the results

Erling Opheim - Rolfstad Pro Drag Racing
Erling Opheim

Our goals are to get the bikes going straight and hopefully go full 1/4 mile with a nice and easy setup. If we stay somewhat on budget and the bikes are still running, we are aiming for Hockenheim [for the Nitrolympx at the end of August] and Santa Pod [for the Euro Finals at the start of September] as well as the two rounds in Sweden in June and August.”

Frank Aaslund - Rolfstad Pro Drag Racing
Frank Aaslund

The mixture of youth (John is 19 and Erling 27) and experience (team patriarch Svein Olaf is a former European champion and record holder) in the Toten team are on target to shake up the European nitro bike ranks this season.


The Speedevents Internationals takes place at Tierp Arena, Sweden over the weekend of the 13th-16th June, get more information at www.speedevents.se

Speedevents Internationals at Tierp Arena, 13-16 June, the epicenter of the world’s fastest motorsport, where adrenaline flows freely and the pulse accelerates to the ceiling. Now, the arena is ready to welcome competitors and spectators to a weekend fully charged with speed, sound, and an atmosphere that will make your heart beat to the beat of the engine.

With Speed Events as the brains behind the event, it is guaranteed that the races will reach new heights of excitement and drama. You can expect to see the most advanced drag racing cars, from monster machines fueled by nitromethane to Pro Modified vehicles, fine-tuned to perfection, battle to cross the finish line first and take victory.

With 228 teams entering the event over these classes: Top Fuel Dragster, Top Methanol Dragster, Top Methanol Funny Car, Pro Stock Car, Pro Modified Car, Top Fuel Bike, Super Twin Bike, Pro Stock Bike, Super Street Bike, Pro Comp Bike, Top Doorslammer, Competition Eliminator, Stock/Super Stock, Pro Street, Super Comp, Super Street, Super Gas, Super Pro ET, Pro ET, Super Comp Bike, Super Gas Bike, Street, Junior Dragster and Junior Dragbike.

In addition to the thrilling competition on the track, you will be able to eat good food in Tierp Arena’s restaurants, listen to live music and entertainment that makes the roof lift in the barn, or have a cooling drink in Tierp Arena’s Beer Garden.

For the children, a huge Fun Zone awaits with everything from jumping castles to trampolines and other exciting activities. Market Street is open throughout the event. Plan a full-speed family outing!

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