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MSA British Drag Racing Championship

Championship Rounds Race Reports

Round 2: Santa Pod Raceway - The Main Event - 25/28 May 2007

Rain.  It blights cricket, lawn tennis and drag racing alike.  Over Spring Bank Holiday weekend it blighted the efforts of Europe’s top Pro Modified teams to make progress in three competitions when Round 2 of the MSA British Drag Racing Championship was combined with the opening rounds of the FIA European Championship and the Scandinavian-based NDRS Bilsport Pro Mod Series.

23 Pro Mod teams arrived at Santa Pod Raceway from as far afield as Finland and Switzerland for the contest.  Saturday’s two qualifying sessions whetted the appetite with some blazing performances but it all proved in vain when rain stopped play.

Of Saturday’s afternoon session, Eurodragster.com wrote: “Was that the best-ever European Pro Mod qualifying session?  You better believe it!”

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Essex’s Danny Cockerill became the first Pro Mod driver in Europe to crack the 230mph barrier.  Cockerill hit 230.73mph on a 6.176-second pass that fell just .002sec. short of the European elapsed time record and set him at the head of the provisional qualifying list.

Cockerill’s reign as Europe’s fastest was short-lived, however.  In the very next pair, Dutchman Robert Joosten clocked 232.93mph, though his 6.214 ET, also a career best, left him just 4th qualifier.  Cockerill will always retain the distinction of being first past the 230mph post and his figures were both British bests, though the weather robbed him of the chance to back them up within the one per cent necessary for official record purposes.  Cockerill’s elapsed time survived as Low ET of the foreshortened Meet.

The two qualifying sessions produced several career-best performances:

Danny Cockerill (UK):  6.176 / 230.73
Robert Joosten (Netherlands):  6.214 / 232.93
Michael Gullqvist (Sweden):  6.245
Gordon Appleton (UK):  6.308
Per-Olaf Eriksson (Sweden):  6.784
Ian Bishop (UK):  7.174
Ray White (UK):  7.391 / 190.92
Kevin Slyfield (UK):  7.783 / 170.49

The 7.012 bump spot left some potential heavy hitters on the outside keenly awaiting Sunday’s scheduled sessions.  Then the rain came.  The two Sunday sessions and Monday’s elimination rounds were all cancelled.

But for the change in the weather, what a race it might have been!  Action resumes when MSA Round 3 takes place during Santa Pod’s Summer Nationals, 16-17 June.

Quickest 8 after Saturday qualifying:

1.     Danny Cockerill (UK):  6.176 / 230.73
2.     Urban Johansson (Sweden):  6.191 / 220.52
3.     Andy Robinson (UK):  6.206 / 226.33
4.     Robert Joosten (Netherlands):  6.214 / 232.93
5.     Michael Gullqvist (Sweden):  6.245 / 223.74
6.     Mats Eriksson (Sweden):  6.267 / 221.73
7.     Gordon Appleton (UK):  6.308 / 222.64
8.     Marc Meihuizen (Netherlands):  6.465 / 219.4

Points standings after Championship Round 2:

Po No Driver R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 T
1st 4038 Robert Joosten 98 35       133
2nd 4 Andy Robinson 56 36       92
3rd 3614 Gordon Appleton 37 33       70
4th 38 Phillip Englefield 35 32       67
5th 3666 Ray White 34 10       44
6th 3606 Danny Cockerill 0 38       38
7th 1 Urban Johansson 0 37       37
8th 2 Michael Gullqvist 0 34       34
8th 6 Mats Eriksson 0 34       34
10th 8 Marc Meihuizen 0 33       33
11th 832 Bruno Bader 0 32       32
11th 3 Seppo Saapola 0 32       32
11th 9 Marko Lantto 0 32       32
14th 1341 Per-Olof Eriksson 0 31       31
14th 3623 Robert Koper 0 31       31
14th 3625 Henri Joosten 0 31       31
14th 3738 Rolf Ammann 0 31       31
18th 387 Ian Bishop 0 10       10
18th 60 Paul Brander 0 10       10
18th 934 Mikael Lindahl 0 10       10
18th 7 Roger Johansson 0 10       10
- 10 Norbert Kuno 0 0       0
- 606 Kev Slyfield 0 0       0

The 2007 Season Standings are on the Rounds & Points page.