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Torrente quickest in Portimão

Shaun Torrente was positively on fire during the F1H2o BRM Qualifying in Portimão this morning. The Victory Team driver put in a quickest lap time of 0:42.80 bettering nearest rival and team mate Ahmed Al Hameli by 0.33 of a second. Al Hameli’s superb time was overshadowed by a massive accident wrecking his sponson, onlookers watched the driver walk away unharmed. When asked after about the problems his nearest rivals had experienced Torrente replied; I’m only interested in the problems within my cockpit and am relieved that Ahmed is okay. We’re fairly sure there is more to come for the race later. Main Photo: Chris Davies  

The 2016 ThunderCat Champions start as they left off

2016 ThunderCat Champions Rob Davies and Darren Phillips put a challenge out at Fistral Beach today. Catch us if you can! The Welsh pairing saw off a spirited challenge from former UIM P750 Pro-Stock World Champions James Tapp and Ed Redman in their Magor Racing outfit. Tapp told me tonight; It’s going to take a while for me to get back to full race fitness and I didn’t have an answer to Rob and Darren today. In third overall were the unlikely pairing of David Finlayson and Mark Blackman guesting in Multispark Racing. Finlayson a fierce Scottish nationalist said after; Third was a great result with no Red Flags throughout today’s racing, I just hope that is an omen for my SNP party in the General Election. Magor Racing Photo: Mike Powell  

A Packed Portimão Sunday in prospect

We have just been informed by F1 H2o of the revised timetable for tomorrow. All times are subject to change but this is the organisers Sunday wish list, weather permitting. 09:30 – 10:30 F1 time trial 10:45 – 11:15 F4 free practice 11:20 – 11:40 F4 time trial 13:00 – 14:00 F1 GP 14:45 – 15:00 F4 race

Gale force winds force Race Officials to postpone BRM Qualifying

Gale force winds and gusts in excess of 70 km/h forced race officials to postpone the first official practice sessions and BRM Qualifying until tomorrow. Nineteen boats and nine teams will line up for the start of a flagship series run by H2O Racing that will take them to France, China and back to Abu Dhabi and Sharjah for the final two races of the season in December, however the wind was just too strong to permit drivers safely on to the Arade River course on the Algarve. UIM Commissioner Luis Ribeiro said; The issue was not just the wind. We had the tides to content with and they dictate what we do. Where the circuit is set on the Arade River means we only go out at high tide or just below that period because of the depth of water. Luis…

Amaury Jousseaume est en attente

Amaury Jousseaume was in Saudi Arabia at the end of March competing as one of the 8 boats in the World Offshore Class3-225 Championship. It was the first time ever he had sat and throttled the Class 3 hull with Jérôme Brarda who currently races a 42-foot Supercat in the US. The French driver had to wait 3 days until daily storms finally subsided for the Championship to finally get underway. Starting in last place on the grid, Jousseaume throttled the boat to a UIM Bronze Medal. Switching from Offshore to Circuit, Jousseaume is experiencing déjà vu in Portimão as he looks forward to eventually putting his Maverick F1 Moore hull in the water for the first time. Jousseaum told Powerboat Racing World today; I only knew I would be racing for Maverick F1 2 weeks ago when Cedric Deguisne asked me to join the team. I had only planned to…

The Waiting Game

With winds still swirling around Portimão, F1 H2o organisers are forced to play a waiting game in the pursuit of putting boats on the water today. Weather forecasts indicate the wind to back off later and drivers were told at the morning briefing to be ready at a minutes notice for at least Official Practice and perhaps a BRM qualifying session. F1 H2o will be Live Streaming at 13.00 GMT +1 for a 30 minute special with the latest updates. Photo: Chris Davies

Atlantic Swell

The UIM F1 Atlantic team of Duarte Benavente and Grant Trask had time to spare during the inclement Portimão weather this afternoon. Chris Davies used this opportunity to take a shot of the whole team. Jeremy Brisset UIM F4-S, Trask and Benavente UIM F1 H2o, Stefan Hagin UIM F2 and Harvey Smith UIM GT15. Hagin from Germany will be moving up to compete in the final 2 F1 H2o races of the season with a full time seat penciled in for 2018. Harvey Smith has a progression within the team already mapped out and if things go well for the young Brit, we could one day see him competing at the highest level.

Can Seliö pull a rabbit out of the hat?

When 2 time UIM F1 World Champion Sami Seliö was preparing his team for this weekend’s opening round of the 2017 F1H2O series in Portimão, little did he realise that a small fluffy animal would cause a few sleepless nights. How could he transport the family rabbit back to Helsinki from his home in Tenerife? The Seliö family found that if they had a dog or a cat then Norwegian would allow them on board the flight, but not with a rabbit! Seliö spoke to Finnair and they said that the rabbit would need a pet passport and have a chip installed before it could travel. When we spoke to Seliö earlier today he confirmed that is was safely back in its Helsinki Hutch!

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