Europe's biggest and most impressive drag race meet, NitrOlympics, starts today! Racers wil be getting their vehicles (that's bikes and cars) scrutineered at the Hockenheimring circuit in southern Germany today, with the first round of qualifying tomorrow (Friday) morning.
Known for showing all forms of drag racing, from four second Top Fuel cars, to marginally (ahem) slower Junior Dragsters and air-cooled Volkswagens, the NitrOlympics also has a Nitro Bike Thunder shootout (for bikes running on nitromethane), Top Gas Supertwins (twin cylinder bikes on slick & bars), a Pro Bike Eliminator (for Pro Stock and Funny Bikes) and, of course, Super Street Bike!
This year there's even more British racers taking part, with the traditional large contingent of Super Street Bike set for success! However, Steve 'Ven' Venables isn't racing, after his off at a test day at Santa Pod last month, so is crewing for Graham 'Legend' Balchin, who has run 7.4s on Ven's old turbo Kawasaki ZX-12R. Previously, the Brits have had it their own way in Superstreet at Hockers, but this year German turbo Busa rider Thomas Granica has broken into the sevens, so could it be a local rider who takes the honours?
Details of the meeting can be found here -
And there will be regular updates on the Brits progress on the Drag Racing, Turbo & Nitrous section of 200mph - 200mph