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Top Fuel Drag Racer Andy Carter and Lucas Oil Team Dominate at Mantorp Park in Sweden

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The Lucas Oil/Landmeco Top Fuel dragster driven by Andy Carter had a tough task at Mantorp Park in Sweden. Their goals were to qualify in first place, take round wins and come home as event winners in the FIA Top Fuel Championship Series.

Team Carter and the Lucas Oil Team use K&N Engineering air and oil filters in the FIA Top Fuel Championship Series
Team Carter and the Lucas Oil Team use K&N Engineering air and oil filters in the FIA Top Fuel Championship Series

Andy Carter dominated in Top Fuel at Mantorp in Sweden
Andy Carter dominated in Top Fuel at Mantorp in Sweden
“The first hurdle we faced was to overcome the new safety measures introduced for Top Fuel cars,” said Carter. “We were all heading into unknown territory. This was the first time in European Drag racing history that the sports big guns had to battle it out at an 1,000 foot length. Our normal distance was shortened by 320 feet.”
Andy Carter and the Lucas Oil/Landmeco Top Fuel Dragster Team in Winner's Circle at Mantorp Park
Andy Carter and the Lucas Oil/Landmeco Top Fuel Dragster Team in Winner's Circle at Mantorp Park

The European Drag Racing safety rules changed and teams had to adjust strategies at Mantorp Park in Sweden
The European Drag Racing safety rules changed and teams had to adjust strategies at Mantorp Park in Sweden

The change was introduced in Europe following an accident in America. Until new safety measures are completely addressed, drivers are competing over the shorter course. Mantorp Park has a shorter shut down area than other European facilities and the decision was made in the interest of driver safety.

Carter faced another obstacle, the number of entries in his class. “Fourteen cars were entered at one time for the first time in European Top Fuel history,” he said. “We all had to battle it to avoid elimination. It was a challenge but a fantastic testament to the growth of European Drag Racing.”

By Saturday evening, Carter was the number one qualifier and Mantorp proved to be one of the quickest tracks on the circuit. On Sunday morning the pressure was on. “We found ourselves climbing the ranks and preparing for the final round,” he said.

Carter took on Swiss racer Urs Erbacher and won. “We scored the maximum points and took top honors,” he said. “We are going to the next race in Germany with more confidence.” The Carter Motorsports Team use K&N Engineering air and oil filters on the track.

Carter will next race in FIA Round 4 at the NitrolympX in Hockenheim, Germany on August 15- 17.

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