Drag racing: Summer Nationals - Santa Pod

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The Independent Online
The highlight of the Budweiser Summer Nationals at Santa Pod, Bedfordshire, this weekend is the fourth round of the European Top Alcohol Series. This category, using a less powerful fuel, was introduced because of the prohibitive running expenses of the top class, the Top Fuel machines. The difference, however, is academic as speeds of 230mph are achieved from a standing start in the six seconds the cars are on the quarter-mile course; and the spectacular Funny Cars compete with the more stable dragsters.

How to get there: Santa Pod Raceway, Bedfordshire, is signposted from junction 14 of M1 and close to A1 and A6 (Tel: 0234 781676). Weekend ticket: pounds 30 adults. Day tickets: Tomorrow: pounds 10 adults. Sunday: pounds 12. Monday: pounds 15. Children aged 11 to 16 are half-price, 11 and under free. Grandstand seats (sold daily) pounds 3. Racing tomorrow, Sunday and Monday runs from 10am to 6pm.

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