2018 FIA European Pro Mod Championship

Race #6, The European Finals, Santa Pod Raceway, UK

"The Champs!"

Norrköping, Sweden, September 12, 2018 - The final round of the 2018 FIA European Drag Racing Championship was held at Santa Pod Raceway in the UK. As always a very good track and crowd, this year with an all new concrete racing surface.

Like last year, Ålund competed in two FIA drag racing classes for 2018. A full season in Pro Mod driving the Magnus Petersson-owned Old 51 Chevrolet and the three northern swing races in Finland and Sweden in his own Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro.

The season started out in good fashion at The Doorlammers, a pre-season special event held at Santa Pod Raceway. Ålund and the team won the whole event which was a hint of things to come.

The following weekend was the first FIA championship race, The Main Event, at the same track. Ålund qualified as the #2 and finished the event as runner-up

Next up, the Tierp Internationals in Sweden. Ålund raced both cars here and this event also included the first round of the Swedish Pro Mod Championship. A solid showing in Pro Mod, Ålund won this round of the Swedish Championship and qualified #1 with a new personal best elapsed time of 5.84 seconds. The Old 51 went all the way to the finals but an electrical gremlin ended the weekend in the line-up, Ålund thus the runner-up but with a points lead of 9 points.

In FIA Pro Stock, Ålund qualified #2 with the fastest speed of the event and lost out in the quarterfinals.

Third event of the season, the FHRA Nitro Nationals, Finland. History was made. Ålund in two cars again, rough qualifying, The Old 51 only got one full power run though good enough to finish in the top spot, but Ålund was dead last in Pro Stock with lots of issues.

Sunday, eliminations shaped up nicely. In FIA Pro Stock, Ålunds team had sorted out all the prior problems. The car was quick and fast, went all rounds and Ålund won the event.

In FIA Pro Mod, Ålund went to the finals against reigning FIA Pro Mod champion Micke Gullqvist. Ålund and the team were in the zone and won the race and the event.

History of course, this was the first time ever that one driver has won both FIA Pro Mod and FIA Pro Stock the same afternoon. "Unbelievable" says Ålund, "to say that we struggled in qualifying would be the understatement of the century. But like the saying goes, 'it ain't over 'til it's over' and Sunday turned out just perfect for both the Old 51 Pro Mod Car and the Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro".

Ålund left Alastaro leading the FIA Pro Mod championship by 33 points.
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Race number four. The NitrOlympx, Hockenheim, Germany. Again, problems in qualifying, in position #10 after day one and down to #13 after Q3 but a solid effort by the whole team set things straight. In Q4, Ålund qualified as #1 with a new best speed for the car with 391.53 km/h (243.28 mph).

The Sunday for eliminations was not the best of days, Ålund went out early with a loss in the semi-finals.

Very tight in the points for the Pro Mod championship, Ålund dropped to second place, now 8 points behind the championship leader.

Back to Sweden and Tierp Arena for championship race number five, the Summit Racing Equipment Internationals. Ålund racing in both FIA Pro Mod and Pro Stock here.

Qualifying. Pro Mod, another tough first day, Ålund qualified as number 16, on the bump spot. But as has been the case at earlier events, day 2 made for two good runs and second in the qualifying list.

Qualifying. Pro Stock, not enough time to care for all the Camaro needs made for only one day of qualifying and the number 4 qualifying position.

Eliminations Pro Mod: Ålund went to the final by the way of a 5.81 second run in the semifinals, at 393.59 km/h (244.56 mph) which was a new best ET and speed for The Old 51 but was stopped in the finals, another runner-up.

Eliminations Pro Stock: A picture perfect day for the Summit Racing Camaro. Ålund was quickest and fastest in all rounds of elimination and finished off the day by winning the final with a 6.55 at 342.64 km/h (212.90 mph) which was both the low ET and top speed of the whole weekend.

Though runner-up in Pro Mod, Ålund was back on top of that championship, he left Tierp Arena with a 57 point lead.

This made for an exciting season ending event at Santa Pod Raceway, The European Finals. The FIA Pro Mod championship trophy very much within reach of Ålund and The Old 51 team.

Exciting indeed, in overhauling the engine for this event, the crew found a cracked crankshaft which made for a busy week.

Ålund with two good runs in qualifying, ending up in the #2 spot going into eliminations. A relaxed Sunday in a way, Ålund had gained enough points during qualifying to be the 2018 FIA Pro Mod champion, but all work and no play for Ålund and the crew. Ålund went all rounds to the final, fastest speed in three of the four rounds and quickest ET in all elimination rounds, bettering his elapsed times and speeds through the semi-finals. It turned out a perfect day to end this championship season, Ålund drove The Old 51 all the way to the event win in the final to cap off an unforgettable year, winning the European Pro Mod championship.

Congratulations. "Thanks" says Ålund, "be sure it was an all-out team effort and that it was pretty tough going there in the mid-season but we pulled together and got the first FIA Pro Mod championship for The Old 51." Ålund continues, "what a great season in all, and to be able to finish it off like this with an event win at The Finals. The whole team has tuned the car so well, we've been running 5.8s pretty much at will this year. Back to the Future, last year we were in the 90s, this year in the 80s and next year we'll be in the 70s".

The Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro only raced at three events this year. "I think we did good, we won two events including the historic double-header win at Alastaro and cleared the table with the event win at Tierp which was very satisfying, again proving that we can go all in for a whole event with that car".

The Big Question, 2019? "Well, this partnership has worked out real well, #2 last year and European Champions this year" says Ålund. "I'd really like to run the full championship with both Magnus Peterssons The Old 51 Pro Mod car and my own Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro. We have to let the impressions from this season sink in for a while. So as not to cause any undue speculations, I'll go with 'the future will show' for now".

Summit Racing Equipment, Viking Industrimålning and Exclusive Cars are sponsoring both the Old 51 Pro Mod car and the Ålund Pro Stock Camaro this year. This is in addition to Sverigedemokraterna, KB Racing, Camaroskroten, P.O:s Harley Davidson, All American AB, Vadstena Klosterhotel, Stigs Axle and Parts, Hydraulakuten, VP Racing Fuel. Jimmy Ålund Racing is very grateful for the continuing support from such great companies.

The first race of the 2019 FIA Drag Racing Championship series is The Main Event, held at the historic drag strip Santa Pod Raceway in the UK. The qualifying starts on Saturday morning, May 25, 2019.

/PiPPi

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Races #4 and #5, Hockenheimring, Germany, and the Summit Racing Equipment Internationals at Tierp Arena, Sweden.

"Mixed performances but getting ahead"

Norrköping, Sweden, August 28, 2018 - After more than a six week break it turned very hectic with race number 4 and 5 in the FIA Pro Mod and Pro Stock championship over two consecutive weekends.

Pro Mod at the NitrOlympx at Hockenheimring, Germany.

Ålund and the team wanted to continue their success from the win at Alastaro but it was not to be. A broken rear-end in the first round of qualifying set the plans awry and Ålund ended up as the #10 qualifier after day 1.

Problems continued in Q3 but with a huge improvement in Q4, to the top spot with a 5.95-second run at 393.58 km/hour (244.55 mph) which was a new personal best for speed.

Race day. Ålund got two solo runs to take the Old 51 to the semi-finals against Jan Eriksson. Eriksson with an astounding reaction time, 0.006 seconds, which made for a lead that held all the way across the finish line.

"Mixed weekend" says Ålund, "three bad runs in qualifying and then we got it all together. The team hade the car in good shape for the semis on race day but Jan Eriksson outdid me at the tree and that was it for the weekend".

It's a tight points race, Ålund came to Hockenheimring in first place and left in second place, just 8 points behind the leader.

Race #5, the Summit Racing Equipment Internationals at Tierp Arena, Sweden.

Like last season, Jimmy Ålund is racing in two FIA classes this year, Pro Mod and Pro Stock. This fifth race of the FIA drag racing season was the third and last weekend where Ålund fielded both cars.

Pro Mod - As usual, Pro Mod had a solid turnout with 18 cars for a 16-car field but this time Ålund did not get off to a good start with the Magnus Petersson-owned Old 51 Chevrolet. Tire shake left Ålund on the bump spot as the #16 qualifier after day 1. Things shaped up nicely on day 2, two good runs took Jimmy to second place going into Sundays eliminations.

Ålund pretty much dominated his side of the ladder with solid 5-second runs and a new best ET and speed for The Old 51 in the semifinals, 5.815 seconds at 393.59 km/h (244.56 mph). On the other side of the ladder, Andreas Arthursson went rounds to make for an exciting final. Arthursson 5.80 in the semis, Ålund 5.81 but Arthursson got it all together and ran his quickest run all weekend and took home the event win.

"OK, we want to win of course but we have to be happy with that runner up" says Ålund, "I'd rather forget that first day of qualifying but the rest of the weekend was fine. We ran a good number of solid 5-second runs and are now back in the points lead."

Ålund came to the Summit Racing Equipment Internationals in second place in the FIA Pro Mod Championship and left in first place, 57 points ahead.

Pro Stock - Ålund only had the Summit Racing Camaro out for the first day of qualifying and Sundays eliminations. Ålund was the number one qualifier after two rounds of qualifying but slipped back to #4 in a strong 10-car field.

The team did their job on the Sunday and stepped it up big time. Ålund was quickest and fastest in all rounds of elimination and finished off the day by winning over old time foe Thomas Lindström with a 6.55 at 342.64 km/h (212.90 mph) which was both the low ET and top speed of the whole weekend.

Quite a performance. "You bet, yes indeed" says Ålund with a big smile, "we did not have all the time needed to run that super strong Summit Racing Camaro on Saturday but not to worry, Sunday was a day to remember for the team who put a perfect car on the track."

It looked easy. "Maybe so" continues Ålund, "but be sure it's not. We had ten very competent Pro Stock teams out there and it's as hard as any drag racing event can get."

Another highlight of the 2018 the Summit Racing Equipment Internationals was the attendance of Jim Greenleaf, Motorsports and Events Manager of Summit Racing Equipment. Greenleaf says, "I'm absolutely thrilled to travel to Sweden again and to be part of an excellent race weekend like this. We're very proud to sponsor the whole event and of course such competitive and high performance teams as The Old 51 and the Jimmy Ålund Pro Stock Racing Team"

The final race of the 2018 FIA Pro Mod Drag Racing Championship series is the FIA European Finals held at the historic drag strip at Santa Pod in the UK. The qualifying starts on Friday morning, September 7.

Summit Racing Equipment, Viking Industrimålning and Exclusive Cars are sponsoring both the Old 51 Pro Mod car and the Ålund Pro Stock Camaro this year. This is in addition to Sverigedemokraterna, KB Racing, Camaroskroten, P.O:s Harley Davidson, All American AB, Vadstena Klosterhotel, Stigs Axle and Parts, Hydraulakuten, VP Racing Fuel. Jimmy Ålund Racing is very grateful for the continuing support from such great companies.

/PiPPi


Race #3, FHRA Nitro Nationals, Alastaro Motopark, Finland.

"A historic two for two"

Norrköping, Sweden, July 4, 2018 - Jimmy Ålund entered the third race of the FIA drag racing season in two classes again this last weekend. The venue was Alastaro Motopark in Finland and the race and the event was concluded under good weather and good track conditions

FIA Pro Mod. Due to rain delay on the Friday, there were only three qualifying runs. Ålund drove Magnus Peterssons The Old 51 Chevrolet Business Coupe to the #1 spot but it wasn't pretty. The Old 51 only made it to the finish line twice and only once under full power. Ålund, "we had issues with the shut-off box and tire shake but got that one 5.86-second run in and it was enough for the top spot".

Sunday's eliminations turned out a lot better. Ålund won round #1 with the 2nd quickest ET of the round and continued to the semi finals care of a bye run. The semi finals was won with the quickest ET of that round and in the bottom half of the ladder, reigning FIA Pro Mod champion Micke Gullqvist did his job to get to the final against Ålund.

Ålund left hard while Gullqvist ran into problems, The Old 51 winning with a 5.92 against Gullqvists 6.55 seconds. "This is great, the team overcame some less than perfect qualifying rounds and we took it all the way and won the last event here at Alastaro" says Ålund.

The win at Alastaro has Ålund extending his points lead in the 2018 FIA Pro Mod championship.

FIA Pro Stock, history in the making. Ålund pulled off the worst qualifying rounds of his career. The Summit Racing Camaro never made it to the finish line under full power, not once. Ålund qualified last. With the slowest ET ever for an FIA Pro Stock car, a somewhat less than stellar 19.08 seconds. "There are firsts for everything", says Ålund, "at least we came in under 20 seconds but to add insult to injury, the hopped up exhibition combine harvester had us covered by more than 3 seconds in its exhibition runs".

"We went through the whole car, everything" continues Ålund, "and concluded that the problem was in the tires. We had tested all the pairs of tires we brought along but no go. Then fellow racer Michael Malmgren stepped up and let us have one of his sets of tires for Sunday's eliminations. We can't thank Michael enough for his generosity, it paid off well".

It was a slightly worried Ålund in the pits on Sunday morning before eliminations. "Sure, we wouldn't know if the problem was solved until we got to the 60 footer in the quarter finals".

Eliminations turned out totally different than qualifying. The car and tires worked perfectly. Ålund won the quarters and semifinals running the quickest ETs and fastest speeds in both rounds. And like in Pro Mod, Ålund went up against the reigning class champion in the finals, Bengt Ljungdahl. Again, Ålund did his job one last time this weekend and won the FIA Pro Stock class at Alastaro.

History of course, this is the first time ever that one driver has won both FIA Pro Mod and FIA Pro Stock the same afternoon. "Unbelievable" says Ålund, "to say that we struggled in qualifying would be the understatement of the century. But like the saying goes, 'it ain't over 'til it's over' and Sunday turned out just perfect for both the Old 51 Pro Mod Car and the Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro".

The next event for Jimmy Ålund is FIA Pro Mod at the NitrOlympX at the Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Ålund leaves the Pro Stock car at home for that race and will fire up The Old 51 for the first round of qualifying on Friday morning, August 17. Ålund, "as always, we can't wait to get there and put more rounds in the car in front of the record crowd that is the trademark of the NitrOlympx".

Summit Racing Equipment, Viking Industrimålning and Exclusive Cars are sponsoring both the Old 51 Pro Mod car and the Ålund Pro Stock Camaro this year. This is in addition to Sverigedemokraterna, KB Racing, Camaroskroten, P.O:s Harley Davidson, All American AB, Vadstena Klosterhotel, Stigs Axle and Parts, Hydraulakuten, VP Racing Fuel. Jimmy Ålund Racing is very grateful for the continuing support from such great companies.

/PiPPi

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Race #2, Tierp Internationals, Tierp Arena, Sweden

"Triple duty"

Norrköping, Sweden, June 13, 2018 - As planned, Jimmy Ålund is racing two classes this season, FIA Pro Mod and FIA Pro Stock. Ålund runs the full Pro Mod schedule and fields the Pro Stock Camaro in the three Scandinavian events.

This second race of the FIA drag racing season was the first weekend where Ålund ran both cars this year, which of course makes for some interesting challenges.

Pro Mod. Ålund got off to a good start with the Magnus Petersson-owned Old 51 Chevrolet with more than solid performances during qualifying. This was not only a European championship round, the first leg of the Swedish Pro Mod championship was also contested during qualifying runs here. Five runs, two new personal bests for Ålund (5.8457 and 392.16 km/h (243.67 mph) ), three runs in the mid 5.8-second range, three runs over 390 km/h (242.33 mph). Not only did The Old 51 end up as the #1 qualifier, Ålund also won this part of the Swedish Pro Mod championship and in that was part of running the quickest- and fastest-ever Pro Modified side-by-side in Europe, again.

"A hectic weekend, three races in one, FIA Pro Mod and Pro Stock plus the Swedish Pro Mod championship. Feels great winning the first part of the Swedish championship", says Ålund, "the Old 51 team did their work and we stepped up our qualifying numbers again as compared to last year".

Pro Mod eliminations started out in an excellent fashion for Ålund with wins in E1, the quarter finals and the semis. Dipping into the 5.8-second zone in each round, running like a bracket racer with ETs of 5.87, 5.88 and 5.89. That was unfortunately the end of the weekend for the team. The Old 51 lined up against the #2 qualifier, Andreas Arthursson in the turbo-Chevelle, and when it was time to fly, the engine would not start.

"Mixed feelings", Ålund again. "We pulled very solid numbers all weekend and an ending like that is very disappointing. But be sure that my hat's off to the winner Andreas Arthursson and his crew who really has got a handle on that beautiful Chevelle, I'm sure that we'll see that car going lots of rounds in upcoming races".

Ålund leaves Tierp in first place in the Pro Mod points standings for both the FIA and Swedish Pro Mod championships.

The next race is the second race of the "Northern swing", at Alastaro Motopark in Finland, June 29-July 1.

Summit Racing Equipment, Viking Industrimålning and Exclusive Cars are sponsoring both the Old 51 Pro Mod car and the Ålund Pro Stock Camaro this year. This is in addition to VP Racing Fuel. Jimmy Ålund Racing is very grateful for the continuing support from such great companies.

/PiPPi


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2018 FIA European Pro Mod Championship

Race #1, The Main Event, Santa Pod Raceway, UK

"No rookie this year"

Norrköping, Sweden, May 30, 2018 - Last year was Jimmy Ålunds first season in the FIA Pro Mod championship. He racked up a number of impressive performances with the result of ending up as the #2 in the final standings.

"Sure, it was with some trepidation that I stepped into that car last year", says Ålund, "lots more horsepower and speed but it turned out real good. we're very happy with the #2 place in our first season together, but the goal for this year is of course all about winning the championship."

Like last year, Ålund will do double duty at some of the races. He will contest the full championship season in the Pro Mod car and also race his Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro at both rounds in Sweden and the round at Alastaro, Finland.

The FIA racing season starts at Santa Pod Raceway, a classic place for drag racing that put a brand new all-concrete track in place over the winter.

The Old 51-team left for Santa Pod a week before the first FIA event to get some testing done. Fittingly enough, Santa Pod Raceway ran an event that weekend, aptly named "The Doorslammers". The invite going out as an Outlaw event where anything goes as long as the safety regulations are adhered to. I.e. doorslammers capable of running far quicker than an FIA Pro Mod car.

"A fantastic event", Ålund again, "huge crowds, large fields and we were able to race and test all the upgrades for this season." That included not only new parts care of KB Racing and Hogan's Racing Manifolds but also taking on the brand new all-concrete racing surface. Well enough, Ålund and the team took the Old 51 through a very tough set of elimination rounds, all the way into the final that they won.

The Main Event. Qualifying ended up well, #1 after Q1 and #2 after four rounds. Three of them in the very low 5.9-second range with solid speeds. Tire shake in Q4 but no technical issues.

Ålund again, "that was of course very satisfying. We ran a whole tenth quicker than in last years qualifying here, and 7 mph faster."

Eliminations, The Old 51 took an easy bye run in the first round due to technical issues for the opponent. No cake walk in the quarter finals though, Ålund ran a stout 5.91 at 242.53 mph/390.31 km/h to move on. The 5.9-streak continues with a win in the semis that lead to a final where Ålund met up with last years Pro Mod champion, Micke Gullqvist. Ålund had a quicker 60-foot time and the cars were even up to half track where the engine expired.

"We ran into huge problems", Ålund says, "the crankshaft broke into three pieces and took out quite a bit more. The one positive thing is that the engine block is repairable and we expect to be back on track at the next event."

Ålund leaves Santa Pod in second place in the standings.

The next race is the Tierp Internationals, Tierp, Sweden, June 8-10. Ålund, "we're very much looking forward to the Tierp race and I want to point out that Summit Racing, Viking Industrimålning and Exclusive Cars are sponsoring both the Pro Mod car and my Pro Stock Camaro this year. I'm very grateful for the continuing support from such great companies."

/PiPPi


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