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MSA British Drag Racing Championship

Championship Rounds Race Reports

ROUND 5: 29-30 September 2007:  National Finals, Santa Pod Raceway

Britain’s most experienced Pro Modified racer, Andy Robinson, celebrated victory in the MSA British Drag Racing Championship by winning the series’ last race, Santa Pod Raceway’s National Finals, in magisterial style.  With a win and two semi-final finishes from the four preceding races, Robinson already held an unassailable lead.  In all, 26 entries from six nations scored points during Pro Mod’s inaugural season as the MSA Championship class.

After stuttering on his first two qualifying passes, Robinson hit low-6-second form at over 220mph to dominate the show.  His quickest pass, 6.223sec., came in the semi-final against Kevin Slyfield and his fastest, 225.14mph, in the final, alongside a 6.259 to defeat Philip Englefield.

Burt v Ian spacer Kev spacer Robinson

Englefield also hit 6’s to reach his second final of the year and secure second place in the Championship.  His first qualifying pass produced his best weekend figures, 6.730—208.61, and he continued in similar vein till the final, when tyre-shake reduced him to an 11sec. losing effort.

Ian Bishop and Kevin Slyfield both graced the event with career-best figures.  Bishop edged teasingly closer to the 6sec. zone, clocking 7.028 (at 195.60mph) in his semi-final loss to Englefield.  Slyfield registered improvements on each pass he made, finishing with figures of 7.279—193.97 to complete his Pro Mod debut year in encouraging fashion.

The racers will meet again at Easter for the start of next season’s MSA British Drag Racing Championship.  With new cars already under construction in Britain to add to the heady, multi-national mix, Pro Mod 2008 promises an intriguing campaign.

Ian spacer Burt spacer Robinson & Burt

Qualifiers:

1. Andy Robinson 6.358 / 222.67
2. Philip Englefield 6.730 / 208.61
3. Ian Bishop 7.068 / 191.49
4. Kevin Slyfield 7.538 / 193.97

Semi-final:

Philip Englefield 6.907 / 204.53  def.  Ian Bishop 7.028 / 195.60
Andy Robinson 6.223 / 221.76  def.  Kevin Slyfield 7.279 / 193.97

Final:

Robinson 6.259 / 225.14  def.  Englefield 11.134 / 75.76

 

Low Elapsed Time of the Event:  6.223sec. – Robinson

Top Speed of the Event:  225.14mph – Robinson.

Points standings after MSA Championship Round 5:

Po No Driver R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 B* T
1 4 Andy Robinson 56 36 94 77 108 25 396
2 38 Philip Englefield 35 32 76 10 77 25 255
3 4038 Robert Joosten 98 35 0 54 0 0 187
4 3614 Gordon Appleton 37 33 53 32 0 0 155
5 2 Michael Gullqvist 0 34 0 96 0 0 130
6 387 Ian Bishop 0 10 37 31 46 0 124
7 391 Patrik Wikström 0 0 0 111 0 0 111
8 3606 Danny Cockerill 0 38 58 0 0 0 96
9 606 Kev Slyfield 0 0 35 10 45 0 90
10 6 Mats Eriksson 0 34 0 54 0 0 88
10 934 Mikael Lindahl 0 10 0 78 0 0 88
10 3666 Ray White 34 10 34 10 0 0 88
13 832 Bruno Bader 0 32 0 52 0 0 84
14 8 Marc Meihuizen 0 33 10 35 0 0 78
15 1 Urban Johansson 0 37 0 32 0 0 69
16 3738 Rolf Ammann 0 31 0 31 0 0 62
17 10 Norbert Kuno 0 0 0 53 0 0 53
18 3 Seppo Saapola 0 32 0 10 0 0 42
19 7 Roger Johansson 0 10 0 31 0 0 41
20 175 Michael Nord 0 0 0 33 0 0 33
21 9 Marko Lantto 0 32 0 0 0 0 32
21 489 Niclas Andersson 0 0 0 32 0 0 32
23 1341 Per-Olof Eriksson 0 31 0 0 0 0 31
23 3623 Robert Koper 0 31 0 0 0 0 31
23 3625 Henri Joosten 0 31 0 0 0 0 31
26 60 Paul Brander 0 10 0 0 0 0 10
27 1081 Hans Knuters 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

*Bonus points for attending all 5 rounds.