World Finals SPR. Stephen Reisten ran the UKs first seven second run on a bike, 7.87/174.(Mark Coles) Don Prudhomme made his UK debut in his Army Funny Car. He faced competitors from the USA, Norway, and Sweden as well as the UKs finest in a 16 car field with another 4 non-qualifiers. Tom Hoover was also making his UK debut at the wheel of the Blue Max. Prudhomme qualified at number 2 with a 6.22/227, just behind the UKs Allan Herridge with a 6.21/228, which turned out to be the quickest time of the weekend. Gene Snow ran a 6.31/215 to put him in third spot. Dennis Priddle took fourth with 6.41/217. During Saturday's qualifying Rune Fjeld ran the weekends fastest speed at 239mph. Hoover made a 6.66/204 practice pass in Blue Max, causing some consternation as the cars fuel tank didn't hold enough for the burnout and run. The solution to this was to refuel the car after the burnout, with the motor still running. Sunday's eliminations saw Rune dispose of Herridge with a huge holeshot 6.58/218 to 6.28/217. Ronnie Picardo in 'The Force' took a 7.14/182 win over Owen Hayward in Houndog who crossed the centre line. Dennis Priddle was disqualified for crossing the white line while his opponent Stig Hansson red lit, and Dave Stone in Stardust broke on the line, leaving Gene Snow to run a leisurely 10.24/77 with a sick sounding motor. Prudhomme had his fuel pump fail on the start line leaving Tom Hoover to progress to round two with a 6.8. Due to many of the top names going out in the first round a decision was made to run a "Division Two" elimination for those cars. It went like this. Stig Hansson broke on the line leaving Allan Herridge to solo with an out of shape run. Dave Stone ran a 6.73/212 bye run after Dennis Priddle failed to get oil pressure in the JWR Monza. Peter Crane's Hustler broke and Owen Hayward took Houndog to a 6.41/216 solo. Don Prudhomme lost fire after his burnout and didn't run. The second round of Division Two, the semi finals, saw Herridge run a strong 6.36/215 bye. Dave Stone's Stardust broke on the line leaving Ronnie Picardo to solo to a 7.27/180. I have yet to discover who won the final between Herridge and Picardo, or if it even took place. The Division One final saw Gene Snow's car lose fire at the end of his burnout, leaving Harlan Thompson to solo to a 6.32/196 win. Kent Persson qualified at number one in Pro Fuel with a 6.53/229, but with every other competitor in the class suffering breakages he ended up being the only car still running. In Pro Comp Anders Lantz and Steinar Stolen both clocked 6.92 second passes to lead the qualifying. Third was Stefan Holmgren with a 6.95. Top UK qualifiers were Jim Read with a 7.18/196 that put him 7th, followed by Norm Wheeldon at 8 with a 7.27/181. Gerry Andrews was on the bump spot with a 7.73/143. During qualifying the hugely popular Thunderbird Altered of Brian Hazleton pulled a massive wheelstand and ended up against trhe barrier, its chassis wrecked. Round One saw wins for Tony Donges, Gerry Andrews, Steiner Enger, Steinar Stolen, Martin Hopp, Krister Johansson and Norm Wheeldon. In the quarter finals Stolen took an easy 8.12/166 win when Johansson pulled a red light. Tony Donges took a 7.17/195 win over a wheelstanding and red lighting Martin Hopp. Stolen entered the semi finals looking likely to win the Sessan Tor Line sponsored European championship but was unable to find reverse after the burnout, and had to idle 'California Charger' on to the finish line, handing the win to Steiner Enger. Tony Donges beat Gerry Andrews for his place in the final, meaning that, if he went on to win he could leapfrog Stolen and take the Championship. In the final he took a strong 6.92/199 win over an out of shape Enger. The Super Comp final win went to the crowd pleasing Hemi-powered Jeep of Swden's Svante Eriksson. In Superbike Jeff Byne lost out to Cees Van Dongen's 8.77/152 in the semi finals, having beaten fellow Brit Bob Webster in the previous round. In the final Van Dongen lost to an on-form Jonny Munn who took a convincing 8.46/168 win.
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