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Drag Racing

The Auto Trader Easter Thunderball

Friday 22nd to Monday 25th April 2011
Auto Trader

The 2011 Autotrader Easter Thunderball opened the Drag Racing season with four days of great racing and sunshine. There were several record breaking performances on the track including the world record for an electric doorslammer by Sam Young in the Black Current Beetle. The rider who came off his bike on Saturday was not seriously injured.

Over in the Live Action Arena the monster trucks, freestyle motocross riders and street riders were joined by the Backdraft wheelie firetruck and the Vander brothers from South Africa on the Space Wheel.

The winners of the Drag Racing classes were:

Urs Erbacher   Urs Erbacher and Gordon Smith  

Pro Fuel Shootout: Winner Urs Erbacher, runner-up Gordon Smith

Roger Moore   Roger Moore  

MSA Pro Modified: Winner Roger Moore, Bye

Gary Page   Gary Page and Adam Gleadow  

NFFA: Winner Gary Page, runner-up Adam Gleadow

Nigel Payne   Nigel Payne and Andy Hone  

Super Modified: Winner Nigel Payne, runner-up Andy Hone

Collin Morrice   Collin Morrice and Brian Pateman  

Super Comp: Winner Collin Morrice, runner-up Brian Pateman

Brian Pateman   Brian Pateman and Mark White  

Super Gas: Winner Brian Pateman, runner-up Mark White

Leigh Morris   Leigh Morris and John Grant  

Super Street: Winner Leigh Morris, runner-up John Grant

John Atkinson   John Atkinson and John Everitt  

Super Pro ET: Winner John Atkinson, runner-up John Everitt

Mike Lacey   Mike Lacey Bob Molden  

Pro ET: Winner Mike Lacey, runner-up Bob Molden

Nigel Hale   Nigel Hale and Ian Petrie  

Sportsman ET: Winner Nigel Hale, runner-up Ian Petrie

Josh Saunders   Josh Saunders and Rhiannon Bellenie  

Junior Dragster: Winner Josh Saunders, runner-up Rhiannon Bellenie

Brian Payne   Brian Payne and Alex McIntosh  

Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator: Winner Brian Payne, runner-up Alex McIntosh

Bob Hawkins   Bob Hawkins and Adz Price  

Wild Bunch: Winner Bob Hawkins, runner-up Adz Price

Richard Merriman   Richard Merriman and Dave Bridge  

VW Pro: Winner Richard Merriman, runner-up Dave Bridge

Matthew Bennett-Sime   Matthew Bennett-Sime and Paul  

VW Sportsman: Winner Matthew Bennett-Sime, runner-up Paul Jackson

James Willday   James Willday Mark Salem  

JDS Street: Winner James Willday, runner-up Mark Salem

Neil Knight   Neil Knight and Adam Buckley  

JDS FWD: Winner Neil Knight, runner-up Adam Buckley

Steve Woollatt   Steve Woollatt and Kev Charman  

Top Fuel Bike: Winner Steve Woollatt, runner-up Kev Charman

Dave Beck   Dave Beck and Len Paget  

Pro Stock Bike: Dave Beck, runner-up Len Paget

Mike Olie   Steve French and Mike Olie  

Funny Bike:Steve French, runner-up Mike Olie (photo)

Stu Crane   Stu Crane and Harold Wolfendnen  

Comp Bike: Winner Stu Crane, runner-up Harold Wolfendnen

Graham Dance   Graham Dance and Wayne Saunders  

Super Street Bike: Winner Graham Dance, runner-up Wayne Saunders

Mick Winyard   Mick Winyard and Sam Sykes  

8.50 Bike: Winner Mick Winyard, runner-up Sam Sykes

Fred Furlong   Fred Furlong and Paul Furlong  

9.50 Bike: Winner Fred Furlong, runner-up Paul Furlong

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Daily Galleries   Daily Galleries: View photos from the 2011 Auto Trader Easter Thunderball on the Daily Gallery pages.

Entry List   Photo Entry List
For photos of all the drivers and riders that have currently entered the Auto Trader Easter Thunderball, view the 2011 Photo Entry List.

For descriptions of the various drag racing classes have a look at the Classes page, in the Drag Racing section of this site. For details of MSA British Drag Racing Championship and the drivers competing, visit

TV Show: The Auto Trader Easter Thunderball 2011 was filmed for TV and the show will be broadcast on Motor TV on Friday 13th May at 9.30pm and British Eurosport 2 on Saturday 14th May at 11am.

Photography Competition: View all entries on the 2011 Easter Photo Competion page.

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