23.09.05 - Now for 200 mph...
From a Sportsman racer's perspective the FIA European Finals
was "A bit of a bummer" due to the inclement weather
conditions, says UK Super Pro ET racer Derek Flynn, but he
still has some good memories of his weekend.
"I would like to say a huge thank you to all the Santa
Pod crew who worked their socks off to dry the track and
clear up oildowns as quickly as they could", says Derek. "We
finally got a call late Sunday evening to run our first round
of eliminations. Unfortunately my opponent had already packed
up and gone so we were on a bye run, but wow what a run!
I thoroughly enjoyed it, even though it was a little eerie
-my first run in the dark!
"I can remember doing the burnout and all I could see
was cameras flashing everywhere, and then one of the best
runs I have done, whilst not quite the quickest or the fastest
but most definitely the most enjoyable, 194 mph into the
gloom, it felt like 250! It was also a little slippy at the
top end due to the cold damp air, but wow when can I do it
"I would like to say a huge thanks to the Go Gold Crew
who also hung around patiently and gave me a tune-up for
the final run which got us the Low ET and High Speed in Super
Pro ET for the weekend. We would also like to pass on our
belated congratulations to Rob Turner and the Turner Motorsport
team, who also sport the Gold RV logo, on winning Top Methanol
Dragster at the Finals. I know they would have preferred
to win it in better circumstances but you can only play the
hand you are dealt and they played the tricky conditions
perfectly. Also I know they would have preferred to have
put in a full-on pass in the final round but the curfew was
on us and it was agreed with the track officials that to
save time they would just break the beams.
"Also total respect must go to Andy Robinson and his
team. What a weekend they had and well done! Also I must
say a big thanks to Andy for the assistance he gave us during
the weekend in getting us back on the track.
"We are looking forward to the UK National Finals next
week, and we are really hoping that the weather is kinder
so that we have a good shot at achieving our goal of 200
Original article taken from Eurodragster.com.