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Records Tumble Once Again at Santa Pod


Santa Pod Raceway, the home of European Drag racing proved yet again to be the venue

of choice for discerning race fans and petrol heads, as no less than 3 records were

smashed during last weekend's 'Main Event' - including 2 World Records!


Anticipation was high prior to the event, thanks a simply eclectic list of talent

and machinery that promised great things from the outset. With last year's event

seeing records broken and then re-broken before the ink had chance to dry on the

timing slips, the capacity crowd were looking to the 'Who's Who' entry list,

including top US ¼ mile star Melanie Troxel, to provide them with similar thrills

this year.


Despite the weather being less than helpful on the Saturday, they didn't go home

disappointed, with John Bradshaw kicking things off by setting a new world record

for the quickest Skyline in the World!! His hugely impressive slip 7.4513/187.41

with a textbook reaction time of just 0.0022 seconds will be very hard for anyone to

beat. Jap fans will be delighted to know that John and his charging Nissan will be

wowing the crowds, along with hundreds of other Eastern gems at the Japshow, at

Santa Pod on the 4th of July. 'Well, that was five years of hard work condensed into

a little over 7 seconds of glory!' laughed John. 'We owe it all to our sponsors,

Abbey Motorsport, Nissan UK, Motul, Gizzmo and AET Turbos. The strip was superb and

really helped us to get a fantastic launch. We're delighted, as you can imagine!'


Two wheel aficionados got their ticket money's worth thanks to a storming World

record run from Frenchman Eric Teboul's Rocket Bike. Setting the World's best ET for

a bike - at a mind numbing 5.2321/249.02, it was as scary to watch as it was



Melanie Troxel's competitive day at the FIA Main Event at Santa Pod Raceway was

short, but she put on a superb show for the fans.


After losing in the first round of eliminations, Troxel returned for an exhibition

run where her R2B2 Racing Camaro ran the fastest Pro Mod pass in European drag

racing history -- a stunning 5.937 at 242.42 mph. Aside from the historic speed, her

elapsed time was just the second five-second run on European soil.


Finally, to top it all off, Urs Erbacher kept Top Fuel honours high, with a new

European speed record of 314.87 mph!


Commenting on the weekend, Santa Pod General Manager, David Lloyd-Jones said 'We're

delighted that it's been yet another weekend of superb racing. It's good news for

the sport and even better news for the fans when history gets re-written like this.

The Main Event is getting quite a reputation as a record-breaking round, so here's

hoping that the drivers and riders can keep pushing the envelope throughout the

season and into next year. It's testament to our superb Marshalls and track crew

that our strip surface allows this kind of action with such regularity.'


For more details on Japshow, or any Santa Pod event, please click to or call the team on 01234 782828



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