Ian King’s Record Breaking 5 x 5’s

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King’s record breaking 5 x 5’s

The Gulf Oil Top Fuel Motorcycle Dragracing team kicked off their new season in style with consistency of the highest order, a new European Record and an event win to take an early lead in the 2016 FIM European Dragracing Championship.


The target for the team was 5 second consistency and so small but meticulous technical enhancements particularly in areas such as clutch were undertaken over the winter stop. This approach was proven effective when an off-the-trailer first competitive pass of the year 5.95 seconds @ 239.85 mph pass, and a new European speed record if backed up within 1% in any subsequent run of the weekend. However, the team were plagued with damaged drive & rear wheel sprockets and drive chains on each and every pass due to the problems also experienced by many riders in this machine category across the globe due to chain stretching issues following an unknown and as yet unresolved change in manufacturing.

Video of the chain stretching on a run


The team remained in number one qualifying position for the entire two day qualifying session, running two more 5 second passes, one a 5.8172 seconds @ 233.77 mph, a new European elapsed time record to add to the potential speed record should it also be backed up within 1% over the event.


The first round of eliminations saw King overcome Glenn Borg despite breaking a drive chain mid way on the run, a slowing 6.46 seconds @ 163.68 mph still too quick for the Maltese rider.

Round two saw King run another five second pass, a 5.904 seconds @ 228.93 mph that would have been too quick for Greek rider Filippos Papafilippou even if his run had not been aborted at the start.


The final saw King up against his great friend and long time rival Rikard Gustafsson in what was looking to be a possible first European side by side 5 second run following the Swedish rider’s stunning 6.04 second pass earlier in the weekend in his debut competition on his own new Puma powered and supported nitromethane machine. Unfortunately it was not to be when the Swedish team suffered a minor technical issue that necessitated shutting off before staging, but King did not disappoint the expectant crowd with another fine 5.893 second run at 239.95 mph, his fastest speed of the weekend and resetting his own FIM European Speed Record.

A stunning start to the European Championship season for the team, number one qualifier, five x 5 second runs out of seven, a new European Top Speed record and an event win!


5.8172 second run video


Onboard 5.902 second run


Rear facing 5.904 second run


The Gulf Oil Dragracing team’s next event will again be in the UK after being invited by the Earl of March and Kinrara to appear once again at the world’s biggest and most diverse motorsport event – the Goodwood Festival of Speed within the grounds of his ancestral home alongside the great and the good from all aspects of motorsport. Click here to see the entry list.

For more information on the team go to www.gulfoildragracing.com
Twitter: @kingracing
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ian.king.73113
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/kingracingpuma
For more information on Gulf Oil International go to www.gulfoilltd.com


Pictures courtesy of Ivan Sansom, Rose Hughes and Stefan Boman

The Gulf Oil – GPO 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 endeavours to secure a 10th European Championship:-

APE  – The world’s most innovative manufacturer of aftermarket parts for race bikes
COMETIC GASKETSThe Premier Manufacturer of racing gaskets
DRIFT INNOVATION  – Europe’s leading source for action sports cameras
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
KING RACINGThe most successful Top Fuel Bike team in European Dragracing
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
PUMA ENGINEERINGManufacturer of the world’s most powerful motorcycle engines
RSG CUSTOMIZEThe UK’s most creative website designers and vinyl artists
SUPERTOUGH – Custom cases and covers for the Film, TV, Music and Motorsports Industries
SPIES HECKERthe world’s leading supplier of paint for car, commercial and industrial finishing.
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
ZODIAC – Europe’s largest supplier of performance and aftermarket HD parts

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