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Santa Pod: 2022 The Main Event Featuring FIM Europe Drag Bikes

FIA European Drag Racing Championships Inc FIM Europe Drag Bikes

FIA/FIM The Main Event
Santa Pod Raceway
May 26-29, 2022

FIA European Drag Racing Championships with FIM Europe Drag Bikes

Round 1 of the FIA/FIM European Championships is one of Santa Pod’s most prestigious Drag Race meetings. This hugely popular extravaganza features over 200 teams and 17 classes of cars and bikes, including the sports F1 class – 10,000bhp Top Fuel Dragsters accelerating 0-100mph in less than 1 second, making this event unrivaled for both the quality and quantity of racing.

Three Stories Illuminate Santa Pod’s Feast Of Motorcycle Drag Racing

by Santa Pod Raceway / Ian King

Three stories illuminate the feast of motorcycle drag racing promised for The Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway:

  • It may be the last time that Eric Teboul’s astounding 280mph rocket bike traverses the Santa Pod quarter-mile.
  • Hans-Henrik Thomsen aims to make his world’s quickest electric bike the world’s fastest too.
  • Europe’s quickest, fastest wheel-driven motorcycles will meet up again for the first time since 2019.

It’s not the first time Eric Teboul has threatened to retire his hydrogen-peroxide rocket-powered bike, but this might be the last time he makes the long haul from southern France to amaze the crowds at Santa Pod. It is the quickest-accelerating two-wheeler at 5.12 seconds and 281mph in the quarter-mile.

Eric Teboul
Eric Teboul

Battery power has a more obvious practical future than rocket propulsion, and the first time Denmark’s Hans-Henrik Thomsen brought his electric bike to Santa Pod, in 2020, he set a new world record for an elapsed time at 6.869sec.

Hans Henrik Thomsen
Hans Henrik Thomsen

Last year he lowered it to 6.740sec in Sweden. Now he eyes the 201.37mph terminal speed record set 10 years ago by American Larry McBride, and matched coincidentally on four wheels earlier this year by another American, Steve Huff. In drag racing’s sound world, an electrical whirr and the squeal of rubber on concrete count as pure silence, but stand by for plentiful noise if Thomsen scores his goal. This won’t just be the quickest, fastest quarter-mile electric bike on the planet, but the quickest, fastest electric vehicle full stop.

Rikard Gustafsson
Rickard Gustafsson

On the competitive racing front – and at the louder end of the sound spectrum – there’s a first confrontation since 2019 promised for the quickest and fastest nitro-burning Top Fuel Bikes in Europe. Sweden’s speed record-holder Rickard Gustafsson (250.55mph) takes on Britain’s multi-championship-winning Puma bike (5.662 seconds) newly piloted by Neil Midgley.

Neil Midgley
Neil Midgley

Veteran racer Midgley dipped straight into the 5-second zone on his first outing on the bike last month. Gustafsson makes his first Santa Pod appearance since Covid took hold. The pair won’t have the limelight all to themselves. Seven other Top Fuel Bike entrants will jostle to steal the show.

For those who prefer bass notes to their bike racing, five thumping nitro SuperTwin Bikes visit from Europe, again for the first time since 2019. Meanwhile, there’s a new intensity to the gunfire crackle of SuperStreet Bikes’ spooling turbos. Road-going motorcycles to all appearances, even lacking the customary wheelie bars, these phenomenal machines can clock 6-second passes at over 200mph.

Jake Mechaell
Jake Mechaell

Last season Steve Venables found fellow Britons Jake Mechaell and Alan Morrison Jr. emerging to challenge his longtime pack leadership. Now Hungary’s Dániel Lencés has raised his game with a new bike from America and promptly set new ACU record figures of 6.776sec/218.97mph. With Lencés absent at the last race, Mechaell beat Venables in the final, 6.872 sec to 6.873. SuperStreet Bike alone is worth the price of admission.

Stephen Mead
Stephen Mead

Alongside these highlights, The Main Event provides a complete, four-day program of championship drag racing, on four wheels as well as on two, across the full array of classes ranging from the kids racing Junior Dragsters and Junior Bikes to the grown-up, 10,000-horsepower Top Fuel Dragsters.

  • Detailed event information is available at www.santapod.co.uk
  • Pre-book tickets online at www.santapodtickets.com
    All Tickets must be Pre-Booked! You will not be able to buy tickets at the entrance booths.

As well as the Drag Racing there’s fun for all the family with a full lineup of entertainment suitable for kids and adults alike, this is the ultimate family day out!

Watch LIVE at https://www.youtube.com/SantaPodTV

Entry List

Jet Cars & Rocket Bike
Eric Teboul
Hans Henrik Thomsen

FIM Top Fuel Bike
Richard Gustafsson
Steve Woollatt
Mark Smith
Al Smith
Louis Davis
Rene van den Berg
Stuart Crane
Dale Leeks

FIM Supertwin Bike
Marcus Christiansen
Samu KemppainenSamu
Martijn de Haas
Chris Van Nimmen
Marc Van Den Boer

FIM Pro Stock Bike
Martin Bishop
Martin Newbury
Aswin Le Noble
Simon David
Maurice Bertrand

FIM Super Street Bike
Steve Venables
Alan Morrison Jnr
Mogens Lund
Garry Bowe
Jake Mechaell
Ross Morrison
Stephen Mead
Steve Wood
Daniel Donat Lencses
Mark Hope
Margot Schmidt
Mark Dainty

FIM Junior Drag Bike
Hollie King
Megan Talbot
Anouk Burgering

Santa Pod Raceway
Airfield Road, Podington, Wellingborough, Northants, NN29 7XA, England
Tel: 01234 782828 / International Tel: +44 1234 782828

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