Buttigieg Registers Best Time on German Drag Strip

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 15:25

Last weekend of the 17th August ‘Assocjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi’ (ASMK) was following the Drag Racing events held in Hockenheim in Germany where among other Maltese competitors ASMK has two Drag Racing riders who are competing in the FIM- Europe Super Street Bike Cup for motorcycles. Other Maltese Teams were competing in the car dragster categories. Maltese Kalanc Racing Team who this weekend run his dragster to victory and his Super Street bike winning the best time of the day in his class in front of about 70,000 spectators.

Shawn Buttigieg riding the Kalanc Maltese Racing Team Suzuki Hayabusa 1300cc bike registered his first heat with 7.493 seconds and 306.17 kph. On his 2nd run Shawn registered an unbeatable best time of 7.213 seconds and reaching a top speed of 318.93 kph on the ¼ mile drag strip while starting from rest. This record was unbeaten throughout the weekend. During the semi-finals run a small technical mistake from the team forced Shawn to register a higher time of 8.027 seconds with a lower terminal speed of 260.59 kph thus Shawn was eliminated from racing in the Final duel and made way to Danish Mogens Lund to compete in the Finals though his time was 7.687 seconds and a speed of 301.62 kph.

Mogens then raced against British rider Bradley O’Connor but during this Final race neither Mogens nor Bradley managed to beat Maltese Shawn Buttigieg best time of 7.213 seconds. Though O’Connor won this Final running the Quarter Mile in 7.409 seconds and Lund finished in 2nd place with 7.578 seconds none managed to beat 3rd placed Shawn’s best time of 7.213 seconds.

Besides all this the general points classification through the 1st half of the FIM-Europe championship shows that Maltese Shawn Buttigieg is placed 2nd Overall with 141 points which is one point less to 1st overall British O’Connor’s with 142 points. 3rd place is won by Gary Bowe with 119 points. Luke Farrugia who failed to race in this last event is presently placed in 12th place with 62 points.

The 4th FIM-Europe Dragbike Championship will be held on the 4th to the 7th September at Santa pod in England where Buttigieg may be crowned champion in his SuperStreet Drag Bike. More info on ASMK Official website www.asmk.org.mt





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