The FIA Main Event at Santa Pod over the Whitsun weekend proved a bit of a mixed bag. On the plus side, the weather at Pod was glorious in the week leading up to the Main Event with temperatures soaring on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It was also a welcome relief to have FireForce 3 back from Bahrain and managed some steady runs over Friday, Saturday and Sunday all within 5.82 and 5.83 seconds. The dragster (FF5) also ran a steady 5.4@239mph on Saturday. Unfortunately on Sunday, Number 5 suffered a failure on the startline. Later investigation found it was a broken drive shaft so repair work will be underway to get this up and running.
Monday was a different story as the storm clouds rolled in. Twice we made it down to the pairing lanes only to get caught in a downpour both times resulting in an abrupt and disappointing end to our weekend.
Our next outing is at the Classic Ford Show on Sunday 4th June so let’s hope for the good weather to return.
Our first outing of 2017 at Santa Pod proved fairly successful with new PB’s set. On Saturday 1st April, the FireForce 5 jet dragster set a new speed PB reaching 306mph over the 1/4 mile with an early shut off!
Temperature conditions were just right and we were pleased with the overall performance considering the dragster has been in storage since November last year.
Sunday 2nd April saw a couple more good passes with the first setting a new E.T PB at 5.07 seconds at 298mph.
Many thanks to everyone who sent us photos or videos of our run with special credit to Luke Stevenson (finish line photo) and Kirstie Tramm (video below)
Martin Hill is pleased to announce that the FireForce 3 Jet Funny Car will be performing demonstration passes at rounds 4 & 5 of the Bahrain Drag Racing Championship.
Taking place on 23rd/24th Feb and 2nd/3rd March, the Bahrain Drag Racing Championship is the biggest drag racing series in the Gulf and will be the first outing of the 2017 season for the FireForce team.
Martin Hill, owner and pilot of the FireForce 3 Jet Funny Car says, “We are honoured to have been invited to attend these events and will look forward to entertaining the crowds at the Bahrain International Circuit. We have already loaded the car and will be travelling to Bahrain mid February to prepare for the event.”
For the first time ever, a jet vehicle will visit the BIC and give the Bahrainian crowds a taste of the immense power of FireForce 3.
Updates and photos will be posted on our website and our social media platforms so watch this space…..
Flame & Thunder at Santa Pod Raceway ended FireForce’s 2016 season. With a steady couple of runs from the FireForce 5 jet dragster (5.20 and 5.37 second runs) and FireForce 3 putting in some standard 5 second runs, it was a good end to the year.
The last run of the day was FireForce 3 triggering the start of Santa Pod’s firework display. With a massive crowd on the bank and in the grandstand, the unusually mild weather had certainly brought out the people.
A big thank you to all our fans and remember that you can follow FireForce on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube @FireForce Jets