We had the opportunity to interview NDRG co-ordinator Lin Granlund about the forthcoming Sunoco Drag Challenge being held at Gardermoen from August 6-8th. It is the 5th UEM Championship round out of 6 for the Top Fuel, Super Twin and Pro Stock Bike classes.
The NDRG (Norsk Dragracing Gardermoen) are the organizer of the Sunoco Drag Challenge located very close to Gardermoen, the major airport for Oslo, which means easy access by both air and road to the venue. Lin Granlund, the event co-ordinator says: "Just over 200 teams have entered for this year´s Sunoco Drag Challenge. It's very exciting to have the European championship status back for 2010 for the three UEM Bike classes. When Peter Svensson ran Europe´s first five second pass at Gardermoen Raceway 2009 it was something we had to do !".

The NDRG have put a lot of effort into track work this year. There's a new surface from after the finish line to the catch net and the whole pit area has also had new layer of asphalt.

The pits open on Monday, 2nd of August. An electricity service will be available from Wednesday afternoon. An agreement has been reached between the NDRG and the UEM bike championship promoter Keith Bartlett about TV coverage for the Eliminations day of the race. In co-ordination with Speedgroup it will be included as part of the overall TV package covering the 2010 FIA & UEM European Drag Racing Championship.

Lin says that although Gardermoen Raceway is not the most luxurious facility when compared to some of the other venues, the atmosphere is familiar to the racers and the NDRG has put money and great effort into work on and around the track. It is a well-known fact the Gardermoen strip is among the very fastest in Europe. The race meeting will keep approximately 200 race officials busy, before, during and after the event. They are all unpaid and the NDRG take great pride in doing the very best they can for the UEM Championship teams entering the Sunoco Drag Challenge.

"For this year", says Lin, "we wish to provide the UEM championship teams with 6 qualifying runs (the same applies to Top Doorslammer and Funny Bike ). Our preliminary schedule has the rounds starting at 11:00, 14:00 and 17:00 on Friday and Saturday."

Lin Granlund would like to take the opportunity to warmly welcome all riders, crew members and spectators to Gardermoen Raceway. She says "we are here to serve the teams both before and during the event, so please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or problems". The NDRG will do their best to make it a fantastic UEM championship round at Gardermoen Raceway and hope to provide a track fast enough for new European records to be set this year.

website: contact: Lin Granlund can be reached at

Text: Åsa Kinnemar/David Alexander
Photo: Åsa Kinnemar & NDRG

This article is part of the Speedgroup Club Europe Newsletter #6/2010

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