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MSA British Drag Racing Championship
Ian Bishop

Ian Bishop

Car: í96 Dodge Avenger
Home Town/Country: Hoddesdon
Best ET: 7.028 seconds
Best Terminal Speed: 196mph

Ianís scarlet Dodge Avenger -- powered by an unblown nitrous engine Ė made a welcome return to Pro Mod in 2007, having more often been seen achieving success in Super Pro ET. Ian missed MSA Round 1 at Easter but contested the remaining four MSA Championship events.

Ianís primary target was to run 6-second, 200mph passes, quite an achievement for an unblown motor which, at just 557 cubic inches (9.1 litres), is comparatively small against the 12-litre leviathans that usually populate Pro Modís nitrous ranks.

At Mayís Main Event (MSA Rnd. 2), Ian found himself qualified in provisional 17th spot (7.17) when rain stopped play. At Juneís Summer Nationals (MSA Rnd. 3), he succeeded in qualifying 2nd after most of the opposition failed to get down a freshly rain-washed track, then hit a career-best 7.129 in a first-round loss.

On another slippery track at a non-championship event, Ian improved yet again to 7.03/196. At Septemberís FIA European Finals (MSA Rnd. 4), Ian hit 7.07 to qualify on the 16-car bump spot, ahead of two proven 6-second cars, before losing the first round to Europeís quickest runner, Mikael Lindahl. Ian then qualified 3rd and achieved a fresh career-best ET of 7.028 at the National Finals (MSA Rnd. 5).

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Car / bodyshell: í96 Dodge Avenger
Chassis: Hauser Race Cars
Engine: 557 c.i
Supercharger: Unsupercharged. Naturally-aspirated + NOS nitrous
Pistons: CP
Ignition: MSD
Transmission: Lenco 4-speed
Clutch: AFT  
Rear axle: Ford 9-inch
Wheels: Weld
Tyres: Goodyear
Parachutes: Stroud