Perhaps not. Bader has not exactly thrown away certain winners. His Tierp opponent, Johan Lindberg, clocked 6.039sec in the other lane, a mite quicker than Bader’s personal best (6.103), while his Alastaro false start was one of a pair – opponent Mats Eriksson was marginally slower in leaving too soon (-0.043) than Bader (-0.168). Nevertheless, if Bader is developing a drag racing version of a golfer’s “yips”, it could spoil what is shaping up to be an intriguing championship battle.
Eriksson seems to like Alastaro. He won here last year and had reached
this season’s final before it was rained off. This race had looked set
to be another Michael Gullqvist sweep. As at Tierp, the reigning, and
double, FIA champion had accumulated all the main statistics – low
qualifier, low ET and top speed of the meet; only a European record was
missing. The wishbone rear end locator broke for Gullqvist in the
run towards Eriksson, with that the car started moving close to
uncontrollable sideways and Micke´s effort to slow down the
speed as quick as possible resulted in a deflated front tyre. The whole
chain of action put a deifinite halt to Gullqvist’s further
success and competition at Alastaro for this time.
Eriksson’s opponent on the
money run would have been Fredrik Fagerström, making his first
final-round appearance in FIA Pro Mod – though, lest we forget, “Fast
Freddy” did achieve the Top Methanol Funny Car final at Mantorp during
his 2007 Pro Mod sabbatical year which he ended as FIA TMFC champion.
And Fagerström might well have beaten Eriksson too, having qualified
third to Eriksson’s tenth and been quicker than the hairy-handling
“Green Goblin”in all but the opening round of eliminations.
luminary rising to the fore this season from Sweden’s seemingly
inexhaustible Pro Mod supply is Bert-Ove Olofsson. Though hardly a
newcomer to the scene, veteran chassis-builder “Bertan” has not
previously mounted a significant FIA championship challenge. Currently
he lies third in the points behind Bader and Gullqvist, having clocked
a new personal-best ET in qualifying (the event’s only Pro Mod PB) and
made it to the semi-final, where Fagerström beat him.
Robert Joosten guided into stage position by crew member Jan Selles