31.08.07 - At last!
After three attempts, UK Top Methanol Dragster racer Derek Flynn of Eurodragster.com News sponsor Gold RV clocked his first 200 mph run in the Gold RV lane at Shakespeare County Raceway. In fact Derek overdid it somewhat as he ran 220 mph, his best-ever speed, twice.
"After a couple of abortive efforts due to fuel problems, we were given the last slot of the day on Sunday", says Derek. "I could hear the commentators giving us a big build-up so I was praying for a decent run this time. I was relieved as after a slight stutter at the line the car just hooked up and flew. Unlike our last run at Mantorp I managed to nail both shifts spot on and kept the car in the groove and 6.26 seconds later we had achieved another goal, which we backed up on the Monday with another 220 mph run.
"Thanks to my crew and especially my stand-in Crew Chief Vladimir, who is already ribbing Gary he is the fastest Crew Chief! We are really looking forward to the FIA European Finals, where my team think I have an outside chance of losing the ponytail as I stupidly said to my crew that I did not think we would get into the fives this year and if we did then they could cut off the tail!
"I would like to thank all those involved in prepping a great track at Shakespeare County Raceway and thanks to Ian Marshall and all the rest of the SCR crew who helped to make it a great event! I know us racers are sometimes so quick to jump on the negatives, but when things go well so little seems to be said. Even though there were a few incidents on the track I felt they were cleaned up as quick as possible and the event was finished bang on time. Again well done to all the SCR crew."
Original article taken from Eurodragster.com.