Press Release - J&J Performance Pro Stock Racing
Race number 5: The Scandinavian Internationals at Tierp Arena, Sweden
Making history seemed to be at the top of the agenda at the fifth race of the 2013 European drag racing championship. The track and weather conditions were superb, helping to squeeze more performande out of the cars then ever before. Never in the history of FIA drag racing has there been so many records broken at a single event. In all, eight European records made it into the books as well as a few worlds best numbers.
The huge crowds were treated to world class racing in all classes and of course the Pro Stock teams put on a show that goes down in history.
But qualifying turned out very tricky, the air quality was good enough to cause issues for the teams. Horse-power output was beyond anything seen before and the J&J Performance Racing Team was off the pace.
After Fridays two rounds of qualifying, Jimmy Ålund had not managed to to break the 11-second barrier and reigning champion Thomas Lindström was qualified in 6th place with a dismal time of 7.08 seconds.
Friday evening, the J&J Performance Racing Team was working hard on getting the chassies and driveline to match up with the massive horsepower of the KB Racing engine.
It paid off handsomely on Saturday. Qualifying round number 3 saw Jimmy leap to the number 1 qualifying spot with numbers that were the first steps to more European records for both elapsed time and speed: 6.560 seconds at 342.42 km/hour (212.76 mph).
It did not stop there, the team stepped it up for the last qualifying round where Jimmy pulled off a mind-boggling 6.534 seconds at 343.29 km/hour (213.31 mph). Again, two new European records for the team and another track record for the books.
"That was touch and go for a while" says Jimmy, "the conditions were better than anything we've ever experienced with this car which made for some issues getting off the line. But we sure got it right on Saturday."
Sunday is for final eliminations. The weather and track conditions stayed perfect and Jimmy pulled off a string of runs that have never been equalled before in Europe.
- Quarterfinals, Jimmy took out Jan Palmqvist with a time of 6.543 seconds at 342.64 km/hour (212.90 mph).
- Semifinals, a win over arch rival Michael Malmgren, 6.546 seconds @ 342.86 km/hour (213.04 mph).
- Final. Another matchup between Jimmy Ålund and Thomas Lindström. That's the fifth time this season that those drivers meet in a final. The win record this year was 3-1 for Jimmy before this run and it's now 4-1 as Jimmy pulled his fourth win of the season with one more mid-6.5 second run - 6.558/341.99 km/h (212.50 mph).
A perfect ending to a historic race weekend. "We were struggling Friday" says Jimmy, "but there's no denying the whole team was in the zone the rest of the weekend.". Historic? "Oh yeah, we'll not see the likes of this in a very long time. The level is very high, all the teams performed better than ever and we won!"
"We obviously have big power under the hood and would like to thank Jason Line and the whole crew at KB Racing for all their work and the opportunity they have given us this season."
The team leaves Tierp in the points lead, 69 points over second place Thomas Lindström. As a reference, a win in eliminations is worth 20 points.
The final race of the 2013 FIA Pro Stock Drag Racing Championship series is The European finals held at the historic drag strip at Santa Pod in the UK. The qualifying starts on Friday morning, September 6.
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