Mikael Fransson crowned Swedish 1/8 Nationals Champion


Last weekend the Swedish nitro on-road nationals was held on the big and very fast Örebro track. Drivers from Sweden, Norway and Denmark attended the race. It is very fun to see that the 1/8 class is popular and growing in number of participants for every year now. Weather forecast was bad for Saturday. A lot of rain was expected and the forecast proved to be correct. Therefore the time schedule was revised and it was decided during drivers briefing that 2 rounds of qualification was to run on Sunday morning.

Some drivers decided to run in the wet conditions on Saturday anyway. Mikael Fransson was one of them and held the provisional pole over the night in front of Bengt Andersson. On Sunday the weather was nice and the remaining two rounds was held in dry and fair conditions. Obviously the dry conditions meant improved times from Saturday and again it was Mikael who was quickest, this time in front of Norweigan top driver Tom-Erik Haaversen. Due to the revised time schedule the Super Pole format was cancelled and four drivers made it directly into the final instead.

Top 4 after qualification:

  1. Mikael Fransson – Serpent 977
  2. Tom-Erik Haaversen
  3. Magnus Bengtsson
  4. Bengt Andersson

In the final Mikael Fransson was able to pull away directly from the start. Behind him it was a close battle between Magnus and Tom-Erik until the latter ran into problems. This meant Magnus could take second in front of Per-Ola Hård who ran a solid final and finished third.

Final results, top 3

  1. Mikael Fransson Serpent 977
  2. Magnus Bengtsson
  3. Per-Ola Hård Serpent 977