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Team 33 – Best of the Cape Town International Pro Stock competitors

Eben de Bod and Gerhoud Fernhout were crowned as 2017 UIM P750 Pro Stock World Champions yesterday. The team from Robertson in South Africa showed consistency throughout the 3 disciplines Surf, Long Haul and Circuit, with two third places and a second. South African teams filled the podium places and the top positions up to 8th, Brits Blìgh Julius and Charlie Hatfield / Team 33 MultiSpark Racing, were the best of the overseas competitors with a 9th place overall. The BrandFuel sponsored outfit’s Team Manager Glenn Julius commented on their 3rd place in the circuit racing; We had torrid luck through the Surf and Long Haul disciplines although the boys never gave up and pushed into the flat racing stages with a boat that was bruised and battered, the months of training paid off at last! Team 33 showed the rest of the world their boat handling skills and tactical…

Julius and Hatfield find their true form

Raynor Becker and Michael van Geems were the ‘Class of the field’ today in the circuit discipline of the 7 Stars UIM P750 Pro Stock World Championship. South African teams took the top 5 places, followed by Brits Blìgh Julius and Charlie Hatfield / Team 33 MultiSpark Racing. The BrandFuel sponsored outfit have had a torrid time in Cape Town so far, today Lady Luck graced the team with an appearance. Team Manager Glenn Julius told me this evening; The guys were drawn in competitive heats with major competition from both the Swedish and South African boats. A ‘mid range draw’ with a great start in Heat 1 from third to second, using intelligent team work and using the extender lap to their advantage in both heats gave us two second places. Bligh Julius who has been on a strict diet and fitness regime leading up to this Championship, supped a cold…

Niemand’s Long Haul Win – Heartbreak for Team 33 Multispark

Johan Niemand and Brendon Langeveld were the overall winners of the Long Haul discipline of the 7 Stars UIM P750 Pro Stock World Championship today in Cape Town. They were closely followed by Dreyer and JD van Niekerk in the Moku Racing / Marshmallow BobKat. Moku Racing’s other team, driven by Brit Darryn Harrison took a worthy 15th place overall. Harrison drove through the pain barrier after suffering a knee injury on Sunday. The other British team, Bligh Julius and Charlie Hatfield felt the pain 50 m after the start. Julius told me this evening;   We were hit by another boat which burst our starboard tube. Bang race over! The team put in a protest after the race in the knowledge that the boat that ‘took out’ the BrandFuel sponsored Team 33 was disqualified for dangerous driving. The protest was rejected and thrown out…

Tension mounts in Cape Town

It was a ‘lay day’ today during the 7 Stars UIM P750 Pro Stock World Championship and it has only heightened the tension among the Pro Stock teams, before tomorrow’s 150 km ‘Long Haul’. ‘What prop do we use’, ‘How will the weather be in the bay?’, ‘Have we planned for enough fuel’, ‘Is the boat ready?’, ‘What is the course’, were all questions the teams were asking today. ‘Do the South African teams have the home advantage?’ Bligh Julius and Charlie Hatfield in the BrandFuel sponsored Team 33 MultiSpark Racing boat know the answer to that question, Julius told me tonight; We are certainly going to show them that we are are up for the challenge! It’s going to be lumpy tomorrow, add two mandatory fuel stops on the beach in and out through the surf, 150 km of racing and if Charlie and I…

Becker and Van Geems lead the way in Cape Town

Raynor Becker and Michael van Geems  lead the 7 Stars UIM P750 Pro Stock World Championship in Cape Town, South Africa after completing 2 days of surf disciplines. South African teams are dominating a 40 boat class and are sitting pretty in the podium positions. Britain’s Darryn Harrison and Jimmy Ion / Moku Racing (above) look to be the ‘overseas threat’in Moku Racing, with 2 heat wins on Saturday helping them into fourth place overall. Fellow Brits Blìgh Julius and Charlie Hatfield / Team 33 MultiSpark Racing showed promise in the first day of racing with a strong second place, however, they came a cropper to a monster wave in the second heat that flipped them over. Returning to form, Julius and Hatfield clinched a third place in the final heat in their BrandFuel sponsored hull, putting them into 14th position overall. The teams take a rest today…

Team 33 overcome mechanical issues

After transporting their Tohatsu powered Aquarius inflatable half way around the Globe, Bligh Julius and Charlie Hatfield got down to the serious business of testing in Cape Town before the start of the 7 Stars UIM P750 World Championships this Saturday. Team 33, who have been supported by BrandFuel, a London based creative agency for this Championship, experienced a mechanical issue on the second day of their testing programme. Team Manager Glenn Julius told me; We found a  crack in the outboard’s swivel joint which is the main component to securing it to the transom of the boat. New parts were flown in from Britain, an ‘all nighter’ followed and with help from local engineers, the team were back on track for a successful scrutineering and unofficial testing session yesterday. 60 plus teams will be briefed today from across the globe with a full weekend of…

The Season Starts this weekend!

This weekend is certainly going to be interesting! At the Salle des Etoiles in Monaco, the UIM are hosting their annual Awards Giving Gala to celebrate last year’s International Champions. Chris Davies and I will be in the principality to cover the ‘great and good’ from 2016 for Powerboat Racing World. Meanwhile in Cape Town, South Africa, the first of the 2017 UIM Championships will be held – P750. With the first 2 rounds set for this Saturday and Sunday we should have a good indication whether British team’s 33 BrandFuel crewed by Bligh Julius and Charlie Hatfield (left) and Darryn Harrison’s Moku Racing with James Ion are on track for the first UIM World Championship win of the new season. Julius told me today from Cape Town, ‘I’m feeling and looking good John, Charlie only looks better in the photo due to the ‘selfie…

Bligh’s British BrandFuel challenge

The British BrandFuel ThunderCat Racing team of Bligh Julius and Charlie Hatfield are well into their close season training for a full out attack on the UIM P750 Pro Stock World Championship to be held at Cape Town, South Africa in March. Fitness is a key element and Julius proudly told me that he has been venturing to his local gym in Lymington at least 3 times a week since the turn of the year coupled with a strict diet and a zero alcohol policy to ensure he will be a lean, mean, fighting machine by March. Co-Driver Hatfield has been working out ‘on the job’, he has been competing around the World in another form of boat racing – Sailing. Hatfield commented; It’s a great way to keep up my fitness and mental discipline levels, I’m sure I’m fitter…