Dave Beck extended his recent run of record setting performances in Pro Stock bike at the National Finals at Santa Pod, giving new team sponsor Tvr Power a winning start.
An off the trailer 7.22 at 160mph was enough to lead the first round of qualifying and the incremental showed the bike was still in the kind of form seen at the European Finals. “The sixty foot and 330 foot times were both better than on our record setting 7.07 run” noted Dave “but the bike wouldn’t shift into sixth, so we left something on the table at the top end. But it demonstrates that we have a solid 7.0 tune up now.” Round two of qualifying resulted in a 7.15 at 182mph, delivering a new ET record for the UK, backed up by the first run of the day.
Race day saw the Tvr Power bike defeat Mark Smith in the first round with a 7.26 at 179mph. The final saw a face off against veteran Pro Stock campaigner Len Paget, with Beck showing keen start line reactions and a quicker 7.21 at 182mph to take the win over the 7.39 in the other lane.
“This was a great first outing for us under the Tvr Power banner” smiled Dave “We are getting a great handle on the tune up and it showed in the consistency over the weekend. Once again my super team of Charlotte, Ric, Tom and Stephen delivered the goods.”
As previously mentioned on Eurodragster, the plan for 2010 is to contest at least four UEM rounds in addition to the ACU Championship. “Our 2010 engine programme is already underway thanks to Rick at Ward Performance and Eric at MTC. The Vance & Hines and Buell motors are going to be tough, but we think we can respond. Our goal is to win some UEM rounds and to be the first six second Pro Stock bike outside the US” commented Dave.
In addition to lead sponsor Tvr Power, the team is supported by MTC Engineering, Ward Performance, PR Factory Store, Nimbus Motorsports, Motorshack, Steve Howe & Sons and Stephen Moon Consulting.
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