Jenni Pekkarinen is the Finnish champion of drag racing in 2017.
In drag racing, you race a quarter mile (402.33 m). The departures takes place in pairs, from which the driver who drove for a faster time basically wins. However, Jenni competes in the so – called bracket class, which has a fixed index, in example a time limit for the race, and the winner is the driver who drives closer to the index time – but not below it.
Pekkarinen started drag racing in 2017. A motorcycle was chosen as the vehicle. In her first year, Jenni rode in the Street Bike class, where she won the Finnish championship, on her bike Suzuki GSX-R 750. On that bike, Pekkarinen’s best time was 10.4 seconds and the final speed was about 230 km / h.
For the following season, the bike was switched to the Suzuki GSX-R 1000, which won bronze in the Nordic Championship Series in 2018 and 2019. Pekkarinen’s best time on that bike is 9.1 seconds, with final speeds around 250 km / h. Joy gases have been added this summer and the intention is to move to a faster category.
In addition to her career, Pekkarinen graduated from Aalto University with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and is currently working as a mechanical designer.
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Image: Remco Scheelings