Gulf Oil Drag Racing returns to USA Man Cup World Finals

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London, UK, 12th November 2018

Following their success in securing an outstanding 11th FIM European Top Fuel Bike Championship with new rider Filippos Papafilippou from Greece, the team round off their season with a return to the US with former rider Ian King in the hot seat for the Man Cup World Finals.

photo courtesy of Ivan Sansom and Rose Hughes

Once again long time team backers John and Dea Morgan Racing from Palm Desert California have joined Gulf Oil to activate the trip to South Georgia Motorsports Park in South Georgia with additional support from Joe Koenig of Trim Tex.

Following the decision to ship his operation to the US Ian said:

“Our team have enjoyed a great year with Filippos `Fast Fil’ Papafilippou exceeding all expectations to run deep in the 5 second zone in his very first races and securing his first and my team’s 11th FIM European Championship. But it is strange for me as Team Principal to watch another rider on the bike I conceived and raced so successfully for the last few years and so I am blessed to have the chance to ride it in anger again this year. I am very much looking forward to this race, we have such good friends in our class, fans across the world and awesome sponsors and we hope that we can perform well at the event. We would like to thank Fast Fil, Gulf Oil, John and Deanna Morgan, Joe Koenig, Scott and Michelle Perri Roethemeier, Andrew `H’ Smith and Jay Regan of Man Cup alongside our fantastic technical partners who have stepped up again to make it happen”.

For more information on the team:

The Gulf Oil Dragracing team uses and endorses exclusively Gulf Oil greases and lubricants in their history-making machine.  The team is extremely proud to be supported by many leaders in their chosen markets in their participation in the 2018 FIM European Championship:

  • APE  – The world’s most innovative manufacturer of aftermarket parts for race bikes
  • BARNSDALE LEISUREThe UK’s Premier Knaus Caravan dealer
  • COMETIC GASKETSThe Premier Manufacturer of racing gaskets
  • GATES – The world’s most trusted name in drive belts, hoses and hydraulics
  • GOODRIDGE – The most innovative and the best in fluid transfer systems
  • GRAND PRIX ORIGINALSThe brand for drive and lifestyle, past and present
  • GULF OIL INTERNATIONALThe world’s most iconic brand in automotive fuels and lubricants
  • GRAPHITE ADDITIVE MANUFACTURINGA leader in 3D printed technologies and rapid prototyping
  • H CRAFT CUSTOMS –- Race car preparation, roll cages, fabrication and custom projects
  • HOTROD HANGAR – Home of the world renowned custom artist Knud Tiroch
  • HYPERPROThe leading producer of progressive suspension products for motor bikes
  • JE PISTONS – The world’s premier manufacturer of high performance forged pistons
  • JOHN AND DEA MORGAN RACINGThe creators of the world’s most advanced New Age Funnybike
  • KIBBLEWHITE PRECISION MACHINING – The highest quality valve train components available
  • MICKEY THOMPSON – Simply the best drag race tyres in the world
  • MRE – Leaders in trackside support for drag race components and air shifting systems
  • MTC ENGINEERINGManufacturer of clutches for the fastest motorcycles in the world
  • NITROSHUTTER – Europe’s leading dragracing photojournalists
  • NCTENGINEERINGManufacturer of the world’s leading non-contact motorsport torque sensors
  • NGK SPARKPLUGS UKThe world’s number one spark plug manufacturer
  • PAR WILLEN – Master webmeister and proprietor of HarleyDrags.com
  • PORTABLE SHADE – The best custom branded collapsible canopies available
  • PRO ALLOY MOTORSPORTThe UK’s leading fabricator of alloy tanks, intercoolers and radiators
  • ROSE AND COMPANYThe UK’s largest importer and stockist of Thule RV products
  • SCOTT PERRI TRUCKING  – Logistics solutions par excellence
  • TRIM TEX – The premier manufacturer of vinyl drywall beads & accessories
  • TRYKA LED – the UK’s cutting-edge LED lighting manufacturer.
  • VAN ES MOBILITY – The leading manufacturer of telematic products for management of moving objects
  • VANSON LEATHERS – The most iconic brand in motorsport leather goods
  • WEB CAMSHAFTS INC – Simply THE company for Top Fuel Bike camshafts
  • WORLDWIDE BEARINGSThe world’s leading supplier of ceramic bearings for racing
  • ZODIAC – Europe’s largest supplier of performance and aftermarket HD parts