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MSA British Drag Racing Championship
Seppo Saapola

Seppo Saapola

Car: Chrysler 300
Occupation: Conveyor company owner
Home Town/Country: Kaarina, Finland
Team: Saapola Racing Oy
Best ET: 6.302 seconds
Best Terminal Speed: 226.17mph

Seppo and his distinctive car, with its gaping radiator grille, achieved FIA runner-up finishes last year at Alastaro in Finland and at Santa Podís European Finals. Consistent performances, plus help from former Pro Mod champ Patrik Wikstrom, carried the team to 3rd place in the FIA European Championship.

In 2007, after the car had received a swoopier nose job, Seppo qualified provisionally 10th (6.66) at Mayís rained-off Main Event (MSA Rnd. 2). In Julyís FIA races in Scandinavia, he missed the cut at Alastaro, qualifying 17th, but made a losing first-round appearance as an alternate after a qualified car had broken. At Mantorp Park, Sweden, he clocked personal-best figures (6.30/226mph) to qualify 3rd in Europeís quickest-ever Pro Mod field but was himself a victim of breakage and a first-round no-show.

Seppo made a fruitless trip to Santa Podís FIA European Finals (MSA Rnd. 4), managing no quicker than 7.89 and failing to qualify.

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Car / bodyshell: Chrysler 300
Chassis: Saapola Motorsport
Engine: 526ci
Supercharger: Kobelco Hi-Helix
Pistons: JE
Ignition: MSD 44
Transmission: B&J 3-speed
Clutch: Ram  
Rear axle: MS Racing Service
Wheels: Weld
Tyres: Mickey Thompson
Parachutes: Stroud