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Gulf Oil / GPO win Gold at NitrolympX

Published on August 27, 2013 by   ·   No Comments


After last year’s track surface problems the 2013 NitrOlympX sported a partially resurfaced track. However, it was (understandably) a little green at its first (and only) major event on the calendar. However, the Santa Pod track crew who were directing the track preparation made the best of the situation and all races were finished safely and on time.

A second event win for the year placed Ian King in a strong position to secure a seventh championship at Santa Pod in two weeks time. However, it wasn’t totally plain sailing as two qualifying shots were lost due to tyre smoke and another went awry when King hooked right from the start line and suffered (as many others did) a disappointing change in track camber caused by the resurfacing.

However, the one that did count was a fine 6.175 second pass, good enough for low qualifier and event low ET and handing him a bye before a semi-final match-up against Otto Knebl. The Czech Republic rider ran a new PB and first ever six second pass on his ex Brian Johnson Puma Yamaha, but it was not good enough to overcome King’s early shutoff 6.49 secs.

The final was a familiar matchup against Swede Rikard Gustafsson on the world class Funnybike who was duly dispatched by a close but again early shutoff 6.421 secs. @ 219mph after King elected to use the more tricky but aptly titled Grand Prix Originals lane to take the event win. 

Two wins in a row in a four round series has put King two elimination rounds ahead of the Swede in the points, but it will be all to play for at the European Finals in two weeks time.

Pictures courtesy of Ivan Sansom, Rose Hughes and Henrik Vormdohre.


Our thanks to Marcus Moller for his YouTube video of the Final runs –

The King versus Gustafsson Final can be viewed at around 1 minute and 10 seconds.


The team will be defending their FIM European Dragracing Championship crown at the final European Championship round, the European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway (UK), 5th-8th September


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 challenge for the 2013 European Championship:-



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

ACTION CAMERAS  Europe’s leading source for action sports cameras

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

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

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

MRELeaders in trackside support for drag race components nand 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

NEXUS UNDERWRITING MANAGEMENT 1st class support services to underwriting subsidiaries

NGK SPARKPLUGS UKThe world’s number one spark plug manufacturer

PAR WILLENMaster webmeister and proprietor of

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.

VAN ES MOBILITY The 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


Read more about Ian King and the Gulf Oil Dragracing – GPO Team at





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