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FHRA Nitro Nationals 
Record Quick Fredlund at Alastaro
The qualifications started decent for Ulf Ögge already during session #1. Ögges 7.17 sec was good for the number one spot until Fredrik Fredlund entered the track during session #2. The 7.079 sec run by Fredlund was not only the the quickest of all during the qualifications but also only one thousand of a second slower than Dave Becks European ET record set in 2009! Fredlund no. one while Ögge stayed in 2nd spot at 7.17 sec Kalle Lyrén 4th, stable as always at 7.22 sec and team mate Elvira Karlsson at 7.35.  Karlsson is looking very confident run after run and we foresee a great career for 17 years "young" Elvira who already run her second year in the class. Impressive!

Martin Bishop was no 5th after the qualifications at 7.36 and Timo Savolainen on his home track 6th at 7.72 sec. Those were the six riders entered for the FHRA Nitro Nationals. 

In the eliminations quarter finals we saw Fredrik Fredlund take out Savolainen from further competition. Fredlund again at a stunning level, this time 7.086 this time at 298 km/h. Well done Fredde and crew!

Ulf Ögge took on Martin Bishop, Bishop improved to 7.43 and was first from the startline but it was not enough against Ögges 7.24 sec /294 km. Ögge on to meet Kalle Lyrén in the semi-final (Lyre´n should have faced team mate Elvira who unfortunately broke to be out of competition).

Fredlund enjoyed a bye run in the semi-final. It would probably not have made a difference to the outcome if that had not been the case, as Fredlund blasted down the track at a quickest ever ET of 7.074 sec and 301 km! That will also be the new European ET record! Congratulations Fredrik Fredlund and team PAF Racing! The speed record is also currently held by Fredlund at 306.12 km (set in 2011)

Fredlund quickest in Europe 

Ögge in championship lead

The final that should have been between Ögge and Fredlund rained out (as did the finals in the other championship classes)..

Leaving Alastaro we have Ulf Ögge in a "semi-confident" lead with Kalle Lyrén chasing 22 points behind and with Europe´s quickest Fredrik Fredlund in 3rd place 77 points behind Ögge. We hope the ET record was a bit of a comfort for Fredlund that made up for the rained out final to some extent.

Link to Qualification list
Link to Elimination ladder

The next round in the UEM Drag Bike Championship is the NitrOlympx at HockenheimRing in Germany August 10-12th. With a few days to go before the entry closes, the entry list show a few riders that was not present at Alastaro; Gert-Jan Laseur (NL), Len Paget (UK) and great to see one of the Greek riders Petridis Dimitrios also on the entry list. Stay tuned for the NitrOlympx Preview in the next edition!

Fredrik Fredlund set a new European ET Record at Alastaro. Here with Kalle Lyrén

Ulf Ögge (near lane) and Timo Savolainen on track

Elvira Karlsson Pro Stock Bike and mechanic Anders Forsberg
(whose son Charly Forsberg compete in EDRS Funny Bike)
Elvira ran
a real confident 7.35 sec already in the first round of qualifications ..

..and soon after Elvira enters the Alastaro track

Text: Ĺsa Kinnemar
Photos: Patrik Jacobsson, Lena Perés & Ĺsa Kinnemar
This article is part of the Speedgroup Club Europe Newsletter #9/2012

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