Gates Belts drive Top Fuel Bike in MFC World Finals FIM European Top Fuel Bike Championship Team Races on the US Stage Powered by five drive belts manufactured by Gates.
The event was held at South Georgia Motorsport Park, South Georgia.
It was a successful return to racing for the rider and Team Principal Ian King.
It followed an 11th FIM European Top Fuel Bike Championship win for the team in 2018, when the bike was ridden by new rider Filippos Papafiippou from Greece, in his first season with the team.
Five Gates belts deliver the power and provide the vital shock load absorbing properties that the custom-built bike needs to produce the consistent performances required to get through each round.
Gates belts are used because chains are unable to transfer more than 1500HP from the crankshaft to transmission and are unable to absorb the shock loads under conditions.
Four other ancillary belts from Gates are used for similar performance reasons in the purpose-built bike.
More than 800 drag bikes from all over the world compete in the events that make up the Manufacturers’ Cup Season.
The final leg was held on a concrete surface.
A series of spectacular 5 second passes in the elimination series began with a fine first round 5.89 @ 232 MPH.
King powered through the semi-final with a 5.95 @ 225 MPH, but was beaten in the final by a splendid 6.2 second pass by Mitch Brown, who took the Championship win.
After an almost fairytale ending to the season a philosophical King thanked the team, its sponsors and all its suppliers for their support and added: “What a great year.
“After Fil [Filippos Papafilippou] exceeded expectations to secure his first and our team’s 11th FIM European Championship, to then make the final of the MFC World Finals after a year out of the race saddle was the icing on the cake.”
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