A new season of the Russian Drag Racing Championship SMP RDRC kicks off in Bykovo

25 June 2019/ smp

For the first time in ten years, the national championship will take place in Moscow. Competitions will be held on June 29-30 at the territory of the airfield Bykovo in Moscow region, where a drag strip was built especially for such events.

The first round of the new season will bring together more than 50 drivers from 16 regions of Russia. They will compete in four classes, driving cars with an average power of 700 hp. Among the participants are Dmitry Samorukov (Zhukovsky), the record holder and three-time Russian drag racing champion, on 4500 Dodge Viper DT dradgster; the 2017 champion Dmitry Kapustin (Belgorod) on Nissan Skyline GT- R; Kirill Stulov (Moscow), the winner of the Russian Cup 2018 in the FSL class, on the Audi RS6; Andrey Mulenko (Omsk), the winner of the Russian Cup 2014 in the FSB class, on the Chevrolet Corvette Custom Turbo.


Famous drag racing drivers are planning to fight for a title as well: Elshan Aslanov (Moscow) on the VAZ 2110 dragster, Stanislav Lunev (Chelyabinsk) on Nissan Skyline GT-R Kiwamaru, Alexey Kalashnikov (Barnaul) on Toyota Mark II, Vladislav Kashcheev (Tomsk) on the Toyota Supra and others.

Maria Panova, a female drag racing driver (Nakhodka), is set to make a sensational return to SMP RDRC this season. In the 2000s, she successfully performed at competitions of various levels. In 2011, Maria won the bronze medal and a year later earned the silver medal of the Russian Drag Racing Championship.


In 2015, Panova took part in several rounds of the SMP RDRC, but was forced to quit the competition as her Toyota Soarer burned right during the race. In 2017, Maria learnt how to drive Dodge Viper DT dradgster under the leadership of Dmitry Samorukov and after that decided to return to the race on this type of the car. Therefore, in the 2019 season, Maria Panova will drive the Toyota Soarer dragster, the car that Maxim Krivobokov (Novosibirsk) drove in 2018 and took a win in the FSB class.

Live broadcast of the championship will be provided by SMP Racing, the organizer and promoter of the championship, on the website http://rdrc.ru/. News, special programs and reviews of the rounds will be available on Auto Plus TV channel.

A new drag racing arena, new conditions await participants and spectators in Bykovo. For the first time in the history of drag racing in Russia, the organizers will spray all 402 meters of the distance with traction compound, a sticky glue-like substance that greatly enhances traction. The visitors are offered a wide variety of activities designed for family members of all ages: access to the park with racing cars, children's fun zone, prize draw, drift shows, racing simulators, food court and much more.


The first round of the Russian Drag Racing Championship SMP RDRC will be held together with the second round of the Moscow region Drag Racing Championship.


Saturday, June 29

13:00 – Arena opens for spectators
13:30 - 20:00 - Qualifying heats

Sunday, June 30

11:00 - Arena opens for spectators
9:30 - 12:30 - Qualifying heats
14:30 - 19:30 – Final races
20:30 - Awarding Ceremony
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