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Ulf Ögge
The Swedish Pro Stock Motorcycle rider made his first race in the US at the NHRA
Gatornationals, he shipped his complete machine over and was helped by John
Hammock of Vroom Racing. The team had tested earlier at a windy Valdosta in
Georgia but here at the Gators suffered two bad qualifying rounds as a broken shim
or washer caused problems in the transmission during the first session ending up with
Ögge’s bike being manhandled back to the startline. Session three delivered a
7.374/151 that was bettered in the final session with a 7.034/187 that put him in the
number sixteen spot which proved somewhat un-nerving having to watch as other
riders tried to put him off the bubble as he sat astride the bike at the top end being
interviewed and shown on the big screen. Opponent for round one of eliminations was
the new national ET record holder Eddie Krawiec who sat at number one with a
stunning 6.750 with a speed of 198.03mph. The Sunday had changing weather
conditions but it was all over in round one as Krawiec sped to the win with a
6.831/196 leaving Ulf Ögge to follow with a 7.054/186 try. Ögge was pleased to have
made round one and overcome the frustrating earlier qualifying problems.
European Racers
Keeping up European appearances in the US is
important for European Drag Racing. Roger Gorringe
has been following three of our European friends
competing in this years NHRA Tire Kingdom