Doorslammers Drag Races
Date17/19 May 2019
Event TypeDrag Racing (Cars)
LocationSanta Pod Raceway
CountryUnited Kingdom
Tel : 01234 782828
NotesWhen Santa Pod Raceway relaunches its ‘DOORSLAMMERS’ event – last held in the early 1990s – there will be a £75,000 prize fund on the line. The race is open to cars of all kinds with functioning (‘slammable’) doors – i.e. not Dragsters, Altereds or Funny Cars. Taking place one week before the opening round of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship (‘The Main Event’), the race and its mammoth prize fund are expected to attract the finest doorslammer exponents from across the continent, and perhaps even from beyond.

The announcement has been warmly welcomed by the racing community – “the sizing up of the opposition has already begun.”

Speaking about the new event, Trakbak Racing Ltd. CEO Keith Bartlett said, “We’re putting on an event that should appeal to every racer of a door car; the class structure we have settled on will provide a place to race for everyone, from Pro Mod to Front-Wheel Drive. There are six heads-up classes, plus a huge bracket class. With £75,000 at stake I expect the competition to be extremely fierce.”

The prize money and the atmosphere are what set the ‘DOORSLAMMERS’ apart in the past and they will be what set it apart in the future. Not only will there be a huge £75k prize fund for the first time in European doorslammer history but the format will be new and exciting for racers and spectators alike. With the last ‘DOORSLAMMERS’ race having run in its true format in the early 1990’s, this marks a long-awaited return for the event which takes place on the 19th and 20th May next year. Scheduled for the weekend before The Main Event, it will be eagerly anticipated by racers across Europe.

Saturday and Sunday mornings will host a sighting lap for contestants competing in The Big Bracket portion of the event, and elimination rounds will happen on the hour every hour with the field racing for £10,000 on each day. This will be a gamblers’ race – so there will be the traditional first-round buy-back available for those who want a second chance at The Big Bracket. Saturday will also be given over to an all-new format: open qualifying. Keith said, “There will be no scheduled qualifying sessions; if you get bumped and need to get back in the field you can attack the track as many times as you want. I’m already looking forward to the final few hours of qualifying; it’s going to get very interesting indeed.”

KB continued, “We are planning something very special for eliminations in the heads-up classes: a randomised draw to decide pairings with no ladder of progression in place. Number 1 could face number 2 in the first round which is very exciting; the identity of the racer in the next lane depends entirely on the draw – right up to the final round. I like the idea of drawing pairings and lane choice at random – it will really shake things up.”

A major highlight of the weekend will be the prospect of seeing the finest Pro Mods in Europe released from the rule book that limits their performance. With blower, fuel and weight restrictions lifted in the Pro Doorslammer class, we can expect to see some stunning times from the continent’s premier doorslammer racers as they fight it out over the £20,000 purse.

Further event information including classes, rules and entry details are available on the website.