John’s Group to enter team in FIA European Drag Racing championships

Friday, April 16, 2010, 13:45

Three-time champion from Sweden is main driver

April 14, 2010: PowerPlan Ltd, a subsidiary of John’s Group of Companies of Hamrun, is to enter a team, Zmoke Z1 Drag Racing, in the 2010 FIA European Drag Racing championships in the Top Methanol Funny Car Category.

This was announced to the media today by Dean Mansueto, team manager, at the Radisson Blu Resort, St Julian’s. “The team drivers are three-time European drag racing champion Leif Andreasson and 2010 FIA Drag Racing Rookie Chris Farrugia,” Mr Mansueto announced.

The team will take part in five races, two at Santa Pod in the UK in May (28-31) and September (9-12); Alastaro, Finland, in July (1-4); Mantorp, Sweden, in July/August (29-1); and Hockenheim, Germany, in August (13-15).

Leif Andreasson’s car in action last season

“The expertise of our Maltese driver and crew, coupled with Leif’s championship-winning experience, will hold us in good stead for the challenges and opportunities that may present themselves throughout this year’s competitive season and beyond,” Mr Mansueto said.

Andreasson said he was proud to be selected to form part of the Maltese Drag Racing community, so the decision to enter this joint venture for him was very easy. “I have been racing in the Top Methanol Funny Car category in the US and Europe for the past 15 years. I have seen personally what the ‘Maltesers’ can do in Drag Racing and we have had a very good relationship with the guys at Zmoke for the last 10 years now,” he said.

Referring to his fellow driver, Chris Farrugia, he said he has “a fantastic car as it was built by the renowned chassis builder Brett Williamson and is a winner of the Best Engineered Vehicle award in 2005. It will output 3,500 bhp with the supercharger forcing induction at 50 psi. Might I add that the fuel we use is environmentally friendly Methanol.”

On his part, Farrugia said he was enthusiastic about Anreasson’s involvement and looked forward to learning a lot from him in his rookie season.

About Leif Andreasson

Born in 1960. Lives in Solna Sweden. Leif is a professional racer. He started racing in 1983 with a tuned up streetcar and kept moving up to faster cars. He started running Top Methanol Funny Cars in 1996. He bought his first winning car, a 96 Pontiac Firebird, in 1997. By the end of that season, he obtained his first victory at a race in Finland and later on the quickest run for the class that season in England. 1998 was the year of success when he won the FIA European championship and the race fans’ hearts touring the European racetracks. He continued with a close to championship win – runner-up in 1999, but came back to win his second FIA championship in 2000 and, the year after, his third.

1 Comment

  1. STEPHEN PARIS says:

    Good luck for all the team especially to my friend Chris Farrugia of John’s group. Come on Chris,make us proud.


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