Ian King : Gulf Oil Drag Racing at the Rock

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Gulf Oil Drag Racing at the Rock

 London, UK, 11th November 2017

Following a recent run of disappointment at weather affected and tuning issue riddled events the Gulf Oil Drag Racing team made their first ever visit to the world-famous Rockingham Raceway in North Carolina.

The hot and steamy weather conditions once again challenged the teams to find a suitable tune to cope with the 1500HP monsters in the class, and qualifying saw only one 5 second passes from any of the teams.

The team fared little better than most with a 6.258 @ 217.67mph to achieve a final #4 qualifying position.

The first round of the Man Cup DME Racing Fall Nationals presented by Vance and Hines saw King against Dave Vantine of Hamilton, N.Y. Unfortunately whilst Team Vantine found the tune to cope with the conditions King suffered again and saw Vantine drive around him with a 5.994, 227.31 mph against a slowing 6.204 @ 207.94 mph for King.

The team moved on to the next and final event of the season at South Georgia Motorsport Park for one of the most eagerly anticipated races in the US in decades with a record number of European teams joining Gulf Oil Dragracing in challenging the best field of Top Fuel machines in the world. With the team in 4th position it is all to play for with all of the top four still in a position to clinch the championship:

Pingel Top Fuel Points

1 Larry McBride 1 109 69 89 108 375
2 Sam Wills 458 88 67 107 89 351
3 Dave Vantine 22 66 68 48 67 249
4 Ian King 1E 46 66 66 46 224
5 Mitch Brown 59 45 65 45 0 155
6 Chris Hand 2 0 65 45 45 155
7 Dean Comunal 222 0 0 64 0 64
8 Armon Furr 22 0 0 0 44 44

1. Spring Cup – Valdosta, Georgia, April 7th-9th
2. Memphis Internationals – Memphis, Tennessee – June 3rd-4th
3. MTC Nationals – Galot Motorsports Park, North Carolina – July 15th-16th
4. Rock – Rockingham Dragway, North Carolina – September 23rd-24th
5. World Finals – Valdosta, Georgia, November 17th-19th

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 2017 USA National Championship:

APE  – The world’s most innovative manufacturer of aftermarket parts for race bikes

BELL HELMETS (UK)The most iconic name in helmets – since 1954

COMETIC GASKETSThe Premier Manufacturer of racing gaskets

GATESThe world’s most trusted name in drive belts, hoses and hydraulics

GOODRIDGEThe 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

HOTROD HANGAR – Home of the world renowned custom artist Knud Tiroch

HYPERPROThe leading producer of progressive suspension products for motor bikes

JE PISTONSThe 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 MACHININGThe highest quality valve train components available

MICKEY THOMPSONSimply the best drag race tyres in the world

MRELeaders in trackside support for drag race components and air shifting systems

MTC ENGINEERINGManufacturer of clutches for the fastest motorcycles in the world

NITROSHUTTEREurope’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 WILLENMaster webmeister and proprietor of HarleyDrags.com

PORTABLE SHADEThe best custom branded collapsible canopies available

PRO ALLOY MOTORSPORTThe UK’s leading fabricator of alloy tanks, intercoolers and radiators

SCHNITZ RACINGOffering the latest in Motorcycle Performance Products for today’s sportsbikes

TRIM TEXThe premier manufacturer of vinyl drywall beads & accessories

TRYKA LEDthe UK’s cutting edge LED lighting manufacturer.

VAN ES MOBILITYThe leading manufacturer of telematic products for management of moving objects

VANSON LEATHERSThe most iconic brand in motorsport leather goods

WEB CAMSHAFTS INCSimply THE company for Top Fuel Bike camshafts

WORLDWIDE BEARINGSThe world’s leading supplier of ceramic bearings for racing

ZODIACEurope’s largest supplier of performance and aftermarket HD parts


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