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King Debuts Gulf Oil Top Fuel Bike

Published on May 5, 2011 by   ·   No Comments


The Gulf Oil – Grand Prix Originals – Top Fuel Bike made a dream debut on the notoriously tricky Kunmadaras track in Hungary when the 1500 horsepower machine (managed by multiple championship winners King Racing) stunned many with an unbelievable 6.57 second run at over 200 mph on only its 3rd ever run on track despite very conservative power settings.

After qualifying on pole, British rider Ian King set low elapsed time and high terminal speed of all bikes in competition on his way to defeating Canadian rider Nate Gagnon and taking the early championship points lead.

The former Soviet Nuclear Bomber airfield track is known to lack the grip required by the more powerful machines so this performance bodes well for the team’s next race and UK debut on one of the fastest tracks in Europe, Santa Pod Raceway on the 27th – 30th May.

Pictures courtesy of Ivan Sansom

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: –


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

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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

MTC ENGINEERINGManufacturer of clutches for the fastest motorcycles in the world

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2011 Calendar – FIM/UEM European Drag Bike Championships

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




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