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MSA British Drag Racing Championship

MSA British Drag Racing Championship - Pro Mod

Welcome to the MSA British Drag Racing Championship.

Pro Modified became the designated class of the MSA Championship in 2007 and consists of six rounds, contested between Easter and late September on the renowned Santa Pod Raceway quarter-mile. Two of the rounds are combined with the FIA European Pro Mod Championship during Santa Pod’s pair of FIA races, The Main Event over May’s Spring Bank Holiday weekend and the European Finals early in September.

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MSA British Drag Racing Championship Rounds: 2017

All events held at Santa Pod Raceway, Northamptonshire.

Round 1: Festival Of Power, 14-16 April 2017
Round 2: FIA Main Event, 26-29 May 2017
Round 3: Summer Nationals, 24-25 June 2017
Round 4: Mopar Euro Nationals, 28-30 July 2017
Round 5: FIA European Finals, 7-10 September 2017
Round 6: National Finals, 23-24 September 2017

Colourful and unruly, Pro Mods are drag racing’s quickest and fastest “doorslammers” – that is, vehicles resembling production cars in appearance with functional doors. But in Pro Mods the production-car resemblance is often slight and only ever skin-deep; under the skin these are pure-bred, purpose-built racing machines with dragstrip performance credentials far exceeding those of even the most potent production car. Thundering V8 engines – some supercharged or turbocharged on methanol, others unblown on petrol pepped up by nitrous oxide and sporting massive cubic capacities stretching beyond 14 litres – can hurtle these cars to 240mph speeds in less than six seconds.

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Despite their official championship status, Pro Mods still possess an outlaw aura, evoking the spirit of drag racing's earliest days, before defined classes had evolved, when you would "run what ya brung" and hope you had "brung" enough.  The class emerged in America in the 1980s as an adventurous reaction to the sport's formalised structure, pairing classic sedan body styles with enormous engines in combinations unfettered by too many rules.

2016’s MSA Championship was dominated by Britain’s two longest-serving Pro Mod racers, Andy Robinson and Philip ‘Bert’ Englefield. Robinson became champion for the fifth time in the series’ ten Pro Mod seasons, challenged all the way by the BA Racing team led by Englefield and racing partner Andy Wright. Dutch debutant Michel Tooren also figured in the title chase until a slip from contention at the final race.

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In 2017, the battle for supremacy looks every bit as arduous. The overseas challenge is set to strengthen, with Germany’s Marco Maurischat expected to join Tooren and his Dutch compatriot, Marck Harteveld, along with perennial French favourite Jean Dulamon. On the home front, Rick Garrett promises a return to action after a year off, possibly fielding a second team car too. Inveterate drag racer Jon Webster is building a turbo Mustang which he aims to debut during the year. Webster has raced everything from 9.50 Bike to Top Fuel Dragster (he won Top Fuel at 2009’s European Finals) and now switches his focus from Street Eliminator and Nostalgia slingshot dragster. Fresh UK entries are also anticipated from Steve Kellett and David James.

Trakbak Racing Ltd. promotes the MSA British Drag Racing Championship and all rights to the series are owned by Trakbak’s CEO, Keith Bartlett.

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