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FIM European Drag Racing Championships Round 2 - Alastaro, Finland

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The track has gone through a recent resurfacing making for a very smooth race surface. Unfortunately, due to abnormally wet spring weather it was not possible to fully follow through on the schedule for the final track preparation.

It made for a tricky weekend for the teams, chassis and clutch tuning being the order of the day. The three classes contending this round were Pro Stock Bike, Super Twin and Top Fuel Bike. The FIM Super Street Bike Cup will be back in action at the next FIM race, the NitrOlympx in Hockenheim, Germany.

Supertwin   Top Fuel   Pro Stock   Top Fuel

FIM Pro Stock Bike: Current points leader Fredrik Fredlund of Finland continued running strong. Fredrik and his team had the quickest and fastest bike in all four qualifying runs with Gert-Jan laseur from the Netherlands in the second qualifying position followed by Timo Savolainen in third place with a new personal best elapsed time.

Fredlund was well dialed in here at his home track. He ran the quickest and fastest numbers in each round of eliminations. In the final he went up against a hard working Gert-Jan Laseur who set a new personal best ET in the semi-finals. Didn't help, Fredrik won the final round as well and extended his points lead going into the next race.

FIM Super Twin Top Fuel Bike: Alastaro is the home track for the biggest number of active nitro-twins from a single nation except the USA. But when qualifying was over, the top-3 positions were held by non-Finnish racers. The Dutch-Norwegian Zodiac Racing Team blasted their way to the top of the qualifying list in Q1, rider Ronny Aasen setting a new personal best ET of 6.50 seconds. Christian Jäger from Germany in second place and Martijn de Haas from the Netherlands in third place, Martijn continuing with runs deep in the 6-second region.

Aasens top qualifying run was not without issues as the engine got hurt. The team came back to win the quarterfinals but with more damage and that was the end of their weekend. Meanwhile Christian Jäger and #5 qualifier Samu Kemppainen from Finland won their respective quarter- and semifinals and went on to meet in the finals. Christian Jäger wins the race with a 6.89 while Kemppainen went up in smoke.

FIM Top Fuel Bike: Ian King continues his quest for an eighth European FIM Top Fuel Bike championship but it was Otto Knebl from the Czech Republic who made waves in the first day of qualifying by being on top with a 6.51, also a new personal best time. Ian King stepped it up on day two and took over the #1 spot with an excellent time of 6.16, a new track record.

Otto Knebl suffered a motor failure during qualifying and could not enter Sundays eliminations. Filippos Papafilippou from Greece came in as an alternate but lost against Rikard Gustavsson from Sweden. Ian King won his semifinal against Norwegian Jan Sturla Hegre, Ian lowering the track record again, now a 6.159. King against Gustavsson in the final, King takes the gold with a 6.26 and wins yet another race at Alastaro, one of his favorite race tracks.

Top 3-points after Alastaro:
Pro Stock Bike: #1. Fredlund no change, #2. Laseur no change, #3. Savolainen, first race.
Super Twin Top Fuel: #1. Jäger +4 places. #2. Kemppainen -1, #3. Aasen, +4.
Top Fuel Bike: #1. King no change. #2. Gustavsson no change, #3. Knebl +5.

The third race of the 2014 FIM European Championship series is the NitrOlympx, Hockenheim Ring, Germany. The qualifying starts on Friday morning, August 8.

Photos courtesy of Patrik Jacobsson ©

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