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Gulf Oil Drag Racing See Red in Finland

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The Gulf Oil – Grand Prix Originals Top Fuel Bike team arrived at this year’s FHRA Nitro Nationals to be confronted by something of a tropical heatwave at the northernmost outpost on the UEM Drag Racing tour. Hot and humid conditions turned the track into a slick and tricky prospect, when it wasn’t drowning under the watery products of huge electrical storms that curtailed qualifying on the Friday and Saturday evenings. Mercifully the temperature and humidity dropped for eliminations, but these were considerably delayed whilst spares for the timing system were sourced after the Saturday evening lightning display had knocked out the power at the track and for some distance around.

Points leader Ian King qualified second behind Sverre Dahl’s 6.573 secs. @ 206 mph with a 6.626 @ 212 mph pass that had the Gulf Oil/Grand Prix Originals backed rider rolling off and on the throttle in order to overcome a seriously tricky track surface

However, in a shock quarter final both Dahl and King went out, the Norwegian rider suffering a broken camshaft drive and King with an uncharacteristic red light that saw the owner of King’s former machine Petri Paljakka through to the next round. To add to the team’s woe Paljakka had a relatively easy route through subsequent rounds to take his second consecutive Nitro Nationals win and to assume second place in the overall points standings behind championship leader King.

2011 Calendar – FIM/UEM European Drag Bike Championship

28th April-1st May: Kunmadaras, Hungary

27th-30th May: FIA Main Event, Santa Pod Raceway, England
10th-12th June: Tierp Motorpark, Sweden
30th June-3rd July: FHRA Nitro Nationals, Alastaro, Finland
5th-7th August: Sunoco Drag Challenge, Gardermoen, Norway
12th-14th August: NitrOlympX, Hockenheim, Germany
8th-11th September: FIA European Finals, Santa Pod Raceway, England

 

Picture courtesy of Ivan Sansom & Rose Hughes

 

The team is extremely proud to be supported by many leaders in their chosen markets in their quest for an unprecedented sixth European Championship title: –

 

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GULF OIL INTERNATIONALThe world’s most iconic brand in automotive fuels and lubricants

HYPERPROThe leading producer of progressive suspension products for motor bikes

JE PISTONSThe world’s premier manufacturer of high performance forged pistons

KENT CAMSSpecialists in motor sport camshaft manufacture, short runs and one -off’s

KIBBLEWHITE PRECISION MACHININGThe highest quality valve train components available

KING RACING – The most successful Top Fuel Bike team in European Dragracing history

MICKEY THOMPSONSimply the best drag race tyres in the world

MRE –  Leaders in trackside support for drag race components and air shifting systems

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For more on information on King Racing, visit www.kingracing.com

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