TIERP, Sweden — The Summit Racing EquipmentInternationals took place this past weekend at Sweden’s Tierp Arena, where some of Europe’s fastest drivers will be racing for trophies in everything from Jr. dragsters to Top Fuel. On the first day of the event, drivers competing for FIA championships set up camp for the weekend, while competitors in the Summit Racing EDRS series began qualifying under somewhat cloudy skies, which later gave way to rain.
Check out some Day 1 photos here:
Jr. dragsters and Super Gas cars populate the staging lanes preparing to make their first passes of the weekend. (Image/Kelly Topolinski)
Roman Sixta Jr., of Prague, Czech Republic, prepares to make a run in his Jr. dragster. (Image/Kelly Topolinski)
The racing surface is groomed prior to qualifying passes on the first day at Tierp Arena. (Image/Kelly Topolinski)
Known as Sweden’s most modern Motorsports facility, Tierp Arena completed construction in 2011 and is approximately one hour travel-time from Stockholm. The spacious grandstands, all of which are accessible with a general admission ticket, can seat approximately 20,000 spectators. The facility itself, however, is easily able to welcome many more. (Image/Kelly Topolinski)
Loads of American muscle cars are on the property during any of the Summit Racing EDRS Series events. (Image/Kelly Topolinski)
Drivers and crew members talk in the staging lanes while waiting for their turn to make a pass down the quarter-mile dragstrip. (Image/Kelly Topolinski)
Super Twin Bike rider Roman Sixta – whose son, Roman Jr., races in the Jr. class – sets up for the weekend. Many of the pit areas are enclosed in order to provide shelter from the elements. (Image/Kelly Topolinski)
Fans applaud a Competition Eliminator pass that eclipsed the quarter-mile in 6.424 second at 348.84 kph. (Image/Kelly Topolinski)
A member of the Safety Group stands guard over the left lane. The Safety Group has a person in each lane at the starting line for every run, standing guard with a fire extinguisher in case of emergency. (Image/Kelly Topolinski)
A race rig enters the property, preparing to park and set up shop for the weekend. (Image/Kelly Topolinski)
Many teams use large buses as race haulers. The back opens, and the race vehicles can be rolled out. The team can stay on-site in the buses during the weekend. (Image/Kelly Topolinski)
This is just one of many very colorful paint schemes that can be found in the staging lanes. (Image/Kelly Topolinski)
American flavor is prevalent in the series, including this bold Coca-Cola paint scheme. (Image/Kelly Topolinski)
Had a great time at Tierp with my son Liam MC Donald from Dublin Ireland and his Junior Dragster.Liam was the first IRISH drag racer to ever go to race in Tierp Sweden.I must say a big tank you to Summit racing for there support of Junior Drag racing in Sweden and it was a pleasure to meet the Summit people there and skake their hands and say thanks.These Kids are the future of Drag racing.