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European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway

Thursday November 8, 2018 at 4:00pm
European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway
The final round of the 2018 European FIM Championship took place at Santa Pod. Saturday rain delayed the start of qualifying and Super Street bike had their final qualifying session on Sunday morning on race day.

Top Fuel Bike.

Championship points leader Filippos Papafilippou qualified in number one spot with 5.814 with a personal best speed of 240.29mph.  During qualifying he ran off the end of the shutdown area into the field and parted company with the bike he was ok.  The frame of the bike was damaged and Papfilippou was out of the competition.  Steve Woollatt was the number two qualifier 6.276-202.59.  Second in the championship Eric Richard qualified in fifth spot.  Rene Van Den Berg damaged his number one motor and had to fit his spare motor.

Richard red lit in round one of the eliminations against Stuart Crane and Papafilippou was crowned the 2018 European FIM Top Fuel Bike Champion.  Woollatt won the event when Crane was a no show.

SuperTwins.

Marcus Christiansen was the number one qualifier 6.595 and claimed the 2018 European FIM SuperTwins Championship.  Outgoing champion Martijn De Haas was next 6.664 and Neil Midgley was third with 6.717.

Midgley lost in the semi-final to De Haas 6.984 to 7.248.  Allan Davies ran close to his personal best in round one of the eliminations with a et of 7.182 but lost in the other semi-final to Christiansen.  Christiansen won the final with a low et of 6.565 against De Haas 6.781.

Pro Stock Bike.

Martin Newbury ran a personal best of 7.148 at 185.13 to top the field.  Championship points leader Alex Hope qualified sixth and faced his championship challenger Bertrand Maurice in round one of the eliminations.  Maurice beat Hope and in the next round Charly Abraham red lit against Maurice.  Maurice took the title but lost in the final.  Newbury won his first FIM event and finished third in the championship.

Super Street Bike.

Former champion Garry Bowe qualified ahead of the three title contenders Steve Venables, Rick Stubbins and Mogens Lund.

Three contenders reached the semi-finals. Venables ran low et of 6.969 in round two and beat Stubbins in the the semi-final.  Stubbins claimed the championship after winning the second of the eliminations.  Lund had a bye run.  Lund won his first event at Santa Pod with a stunning 6.991-206.12 to Venables loosing 7.059-200.77.  There were personal bests for Rudolfo Maduro 7.111 Margot Schmidt 7.548-185.13 and Mark Dainty 7.545-194.61.

Report by Steven Moxley.


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