Bader triumphs at Santa Pod

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Switzerland’s Bruno Bader won a rain-plagued, incident-strewn Pro Modified race at Santa Pod Raceway over the Jubilee weekend.

In an event which combined round two of the MSA British Drag Racing Championship with the opening round of the FIA European Pro Mod Championship, Bader claimed victory after Sweden’s Bert-Ove Olofsson sustained engine damage warming-up for the semi-final.

For several Scandinavian heavy-hitters, absent from this race and following the event from afar, Bader’s victory was the worst outcome.

The Swiss driver finished second in last year’s FIA European Championship and the points accumulated from this win could prove vital to this season’s outcome when the championship chase climaxes at Santa Pod’s European Finals in September.

Only Bader’s fourth place on the qualifying ladder prevented him from scooping maximum points from the event. In addition, it was his first race win in the MSA British Championship, which he now also leads.

The event’s performance headlines were written in an all-British, all-turbocharged match of the day.

Essex’s Graham Ellis, the reigning MSA champion, clocked 242.78mph, comfortably the fastest yet achieved by a UK Pro Mod.

His beaten opponent, Wolverhampton’s Andy Frost, was unusually elated in defeat.

Frost’s remarkable Vauxhall Victor, already established as the world’s fastest-accelerating road-legal car, cemented its status with a 6.592sec/220.09mph timeslip that moved it clearly ahead of the previous American holder Rod Saboury of that esoteric motoring distinction.

The MSA British Drag Racing Championship resumes in three weeks’ time at Santa Pod’s Summer Nationals over the weekend of June 23 and 24.

And the FIA European Championship heads to Sweden, Finland and Germany before concluding at Santa Pod’s European Finals between September 6 and 9.