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Plamen Kralev goes head-to-head with MiG-29 during Bulgarian air show

The 500bhp of the JPH1B Williams F2 car impressed in one of its toughest challenges yet recently when it went head-to-head in a drag race with a 22,220bhp MiG-29 fighter jet!

The spectacular contest took place as part of the Bulgarian BIAF 2011 air show, celebrating 100 years’ of the nation’s aviation history. FIA Formula Two racer Plamen Kralev was invited to pilot the F2 car being a local driver and also one ofBulgaria’s leading motorsport figures, having been elected in 2008 by the National Tourism Agency as his country’s official global motorsport ambassador.

Using a clear runaway, the two power houses took part in a 600 metre race and, even though the F2 car had a slow getaway due to cold tyres, it was just able to clinch victory by a narrow margin.

Although the Russian-built fighter plane is capable of accelerating from 0 to 250 km/h in less than 500m, it is designed to be fast when airborne, and so struggled on the ground against the acceleration power of the F2 car, which is capable of reaching 100 km/h in 2.1 seconds.

The event also marked the first time an F2 car has visitedBulgariawhile Plamen himself got to meet Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov.

Plamen, and the rest of the F2 field, is next in action for rounds 13 and 14 of the 2011 FIA Formula Two Championship inMonzafrom 30 September – 2 October.