the absence of Finlands Jamro Kuutinemi who has withdrawn this season
due to health issues, the teams on site all have base in Sweden. Also
missing Danny Bellio, who damaged that funny car chassi and body when
ending in the Tierp track end "sand trap" mid-june Bellio will be back
at the NitrOlympx in Hockenheim.
The qualification presented Leif Andréasson as low qualifier 5.67 sec/405 km, followed by Ulf Leanders 5.69 sec, rookie Jonnie Lindberg 3rd with a personal best 5.876 sec (well done!) but also breaking parts during the qualifications. Jonas Staflund qualified 5th at 6.04 sec and Mikael Larsson 6th with 6.15 sec.
In the first elimination run Leif Andréasson enjoyed a scheduled bye run. The 5.83 sec run at 404 km pleased the crowd and although we expect Leif was not satisfied with the run, he had the place in the semi final secured. There he got to meet Jonas Staflund.
Staflund who had got an involunatry bye in the first round after opponent Jonnie Lindberg had to leave walk over due to technical problems. The meeting between Staflund and Andréasson took an unexpected turn when Staflund (who has no current track record near Andréasson´s perforamance level) did what he could, while Andréassons car did not manage the Alastaro track equally well this time. Both drivers left the startline with great reaction times. Staflunds winning time was 6.07 sec at 379 km while Andréasson passed the finish line after 7.69 sec. Staflund on to the final!
Methanol Funny Car European Record holder Leif Andréasson and wife Åsa. Both are also active as organizers at Sweden´d championship venue Tierp Arena. Great however to see the Andréassons back in racing this season in the methanol funny car class where they belong so well!