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By Åsa Kinnemar
co-ordinator Speedgroup September 17th 2013 Linköping Sweden
This edition is the European Finals Review where we wrap up the 2013 championship season.. The winners of the event have been decided and the new champions announced (but not awarded just yet..).

We enter a new phase where we work with a number of different projects with longer deadlines, now that the race schedule does not rule over our calendars.

And I think that is (an important) part of the thrill with the sport.. we get time to reflect on the past season and long for the next one.. For many of us there will be time and occasions to meet off the race tracks and for some also to travel overseas to enjoy the US races over the winter (to races or to watch) or maybe visit the PRI trade show in Indianapolis in December, where Speedgroup will be exhibiting.

In this edition we provide you the four FIA champions thoughts on the past season and looking ahead, also FIA class reports from European Finals. Links to more reports from the network of fine editors and photographers further down..     


November 23rd - Speedgroup´s FIA and EDRS banquet - Nyköping, Sweden

Location Sunlight Hotel & Conference in Nyköping Sweden, an hour south of Stockholm and home of Stockholm/ Skavsta airport where Ryan Air and a few other airlines operate. EDRS Organizers meeting, class meetings and an interesting seminar will be held during the day (saturday) and in the evening, dinner, award banquet for the EDRS European Drag Racing Series and the FIA classes! Don´t miss it! Teams, stewards and other officials, organizers and sponsors welcome.
Entry opens through an online form  within the next week. It will be placed together with the invitation on the
Speegroup and EDRS websites. So stay tuned for more on that..

December 12-14th Performance Race Industry Show (PRI) Indianapolis, US
Speedgroup is among the exhibitors at the PRI show where we will meet with suppliers to the sport and the many European teams that visit the show. Booth number #7196. Link to the PRI website
In the next edition we will be able to tell you more..

Over the winter we publish monthly and the next edition will be online in mid-October. The following editions will have broad contents and we are lining up ideas for stories already as I write this. Our websites and Facebook groups serve as base for the announcing of official information meanwhile. Visit www.speedgroup.eu or contact me with any questions. And as always Eurodragster.com keeps track of the daily news within drag racing Europe.

I wish you a great start to the fall, when it arrives.. where I am (two hours south of Stockholm) we still are fortunate to have summer temperatures and really pleasant weather. What a race season we have had.. I already look forward to 2014..

Best Regards,

Åsa Kinnemar co-ordinator
Sweden mobile tel +46- 705 31 53 32

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Saluting the new Champions..

FIA Top Fuel Dragster - Thomas Nataas

FIA Top Methanol Funny Car - Jonnie Lindberg (SWE)

FIA Pro Modified - Michael Gullqvist (SWE)

FIA Pro Stock - Jimmy Ålund (SWE)

See the final point standings under a separate headline.



FIM DRAG BIKE CHAMPIONSHIP: We also congratulate the 2013 FIM Drag Bike Championship winners:

Top Fuel Bike - Ian King (UK)
Super Twin Bike - Ronny Aasen (NOR)
Pro Stock Bike - Fredrik Fredlund (FIN)

Link to final points standings FIM Drag Bike Championship (pdf)

Link to results European Finals FIM Championship (pdf)

Top Fuel Bike
Super Twin Bike
Pro Stock Bike

FIM Pro Stock Bike - An historic record was set at Santa Pod when young Elvira Karlsson from Sweden managed to be the first rider running under 7 seconds in Europe. 6.998 is the new European ET record (backed up with a 7.01 sec pass). 
Elvira hit grand slam and also won the European Final event. Our sincere congratulations to Elvira , dad Robert and the rest of the team!

EDRS Funny Bike rider Rikard Gustafsson from Sweden managed a world´s quickest funny bike pass while competing at European Finals (in Top Fuel Bike at that event). Rikards pass was clocked to 6.3678 sec. Congratulations Rikard and crew!  

Links to more reports from European Finals produced by editors within Speedgroups network:

- Eurodragster.com

Roger Gorringe (UK based):
- CompetitionPlus
- DragraceCanada
- NitroExposure.co.uk

Ivan Sansom & Rose Hughes (UK based):
DragracingOnline (full report to follow)

Remco Scheelings (based in the Netherlands):
- Autosport.nl (in Dutch)

Stefan Boman (based in Sweden): Bilsport.se (in Swedish)

In addition Patrik Jacobsson and Lena Perés provide photo galleries on the Speegroup websites and Facebook groups continuously.

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Speedgroup is FIA European Drag Racing Championship administrator and operate the EDRS European Drag Racing Series. We interact with teams, track operators and event organizers, sanctioning bodies, media, corporate partners and fans. websites: www.speedgroup.eu (click EDRS icon to enter EDRS site).  Speedgroup was also assigned to administer the Dragracing-SM / Swedish Dragracing Championship in 2013 by SBF Swedish Auto Sports Federation www.dragracing-sm.se

Speedgroup general contact person:
Åsa Kinnemar co-ordinator asa.kinnemar@speedgroup.eu
This article is part of the Speedgroup Club Europe Newsletter #12/2013

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