Going in to the 2011 FIA European Top Methanol Dragster Championship , five-time Champion Dave Wilson surprised the racing world by announcing that this was to be his last season in competition. Carrying the statement The Last Chance on his farewell tour branding, it looks like Dave could grab that last (Championship) chance with both hands.
Heading to the FIA European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway this coming weekend, Silverline Tools - sponsored Dave leads the Championship by nine points ahead of nearest rival Fred Hanssen of Norway. Germany's Timo Habermann sits in third place with an outside chance of the title but it looks most likely to be either the Norweigan or the Brit who will be celebrating come Sunday night.
"I said this was my last chance and I'm so pleased to go in to the final round in such a good position", says Dave. "We knew that there were some gremlins to sort out but over the course of the Championship we've managed to do that. We proved this in Sweden where ours became the first European Top Methanol Dragster in the 5.20s. I really wanted that one, having already been the first in to the 50s, 40s and 30s! No one can ever take that away from me!
"It's going to be an emotional weekend for us. I've been around these cars for thirty years now but it's time to call it a day. I want to say a thanks to all those who have helped me over the years - there are simply too many to list! I'd also like to thank the fans for their continued support through the highs and lows that racing brings. Please make sure you drop by and say Hi for one last time at our pit. I would also like to thank our sponsors for 2011 who have made it possible to go racing for one last season: Silverline Tools, Sony Playstation, Red Line Oil, Crane Cams, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Euro American Car Services and 1st Line Motorcycles. I'll see you all at the track!"