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EDRC: Sweden’s Tierp Arena hosts round two

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After the flying start of the 2023 FIA European Drag Racing Championship at UK’s Santa Pod Raceway, the title race is set to continue from 15 – 18 June in Sweden, at the state-of-the-art drag racing facility, Tierp Arena, located north of Stockholm

The Swedish event enjoys healthy fields in all four categories with many new entrants compared to the opening round staged in the UK.

With two FIA European records set in front of a 30,000 crowd at Santa Pod, several questions arose ahead of the second round of the series. Will the female winners in Top Fuel and Top Methanol, Ida Zetterström and Linn Fløysvik, be able to repeat their opening round success? Will reigning Pro Modified champion Jan Ericsson be able to resist the competition?

Ida Zetterström claimed the win in the fastest Top Fuel class at Santa Pod and is leading the championship ahead of Susanne Callin who finished in the runner-up position at Santa Pod, and who will try to get back to her winning streak from 2022, when she won the last two events of the season.

All four of the Top Methanol championship contenders who fought closely at Santa Pod, will be back at Tierp for more, but on this occasion facing opposition from two new entrants, and therefore making the eliminations even more interesting.

The Pro Modified category saw some fierce competition at Santa Pod, and although the British competitors will not be at Tierp, with no fewer than 22 entrants from six countries, and with all the Swedish favourites and some returning quick drivers present, the class’ field is by far the most competitive in years.

The Pro Stock category was not on the bill of the opening round of the championship; thus the factory hot rods will have their first outing of the season at Tierp Arena. With no fewer than ten entrants, the class should be very interesting. The number one favourite is multiple champion Jimmy Ålund in his familiar Chevrolet Camaro.

Qualifying for the Tierp Internationals will start on Friday 16 June and will continue on Saturday. Eliminations for the FIA classes will start on the morning of Sunday.