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UIM F2 Temper’s Torment – Jelf’s Joy

With Pierre Lundin crowned 2016 UIM F2 World Champion at Macon and Erik Edin with an unbeatable second overall, the attention at the GP of Portugal was on who could capture the Bronze Medal. Uvis Slakteris was the hot favourite going into the event, although his boat suffered enough damage in Saturday’s Free Practice to put him out of the race. Slakteris could still take the Bronze providing Austrian Rupp Temper and Britain’s Owen Jelf failed to gain enough points or didn’t finish. The Race Lundin led the race from start-to-finish to reach the chequered flag a handful of seconds ahead of Temper. Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Tayer pressurised Britain’s Owen Jelf for long periods in an attempt to snatch the final podium position, but finished just behind the BaBa driver. Pre-race favourite Lundin made the perfect start from pole…

World Champion Lundin starts final 2016 UIM F2 race on pole

Sweden’s Pierre Lundin starts the final race of the 2016 UIM F2 season on pole this afternoon. Owen Jelf and Rup Temper line up behind him and both have an excellent chance of securing third overall in the World Championship. In yesterdays first Free Practice, 2016 UIM F2 European Champion and World Bronze Medal favourite Uvis Slakteris had his hopes dashed when he had a serious coming together with Fabrice Boulier. The Grand Prix of Portugal commences at 15:45 (GMT +1).

Figueras and Perez return to ThunderCat Racing Action

Leslie Figueras and Albert Perez from Gibraltar successfully competed in the 2014 British National ThunderCat Championship and capped that year off nicely with a European Championship win. Figueras commented; We would have loved to continue racing in Britain but just didn’t have the finance to make the trips over there and race our ThunderCat. With Rounds 11 and 12 of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Championship to be held this weekend at Catalan Bay in Gibraltar, it gives Figueras and Perez the perfect opportunity for a return to action. We can’t challenge this season but we will certainly be mixing it with the Championship hopefuls, Microlink-Ahmad Tea and Multispark Racing 61. ThunderCat Racing organiser Fiona Pascoe said; It’s exciting to be returning to the Rock, it will be the first time we have raced at the beautiful Catalan Bay. Our last event…

ThunderCat Champion Julius to make guest appearance in Sunus

This weekend SUNUS Ocean Racing will take part in the OCRDA organised Club Racing at Plymouth. C237 will use this time as a shakedown ready for her refit over the next three weeks, gearing up for a speed record attempt on Lake Coniston later this month. Joining the team for the weekend is stand in navigator Bligh Julius. Bligh started his powerboat career back in 2007 racing alongside his father Glenn Julius in Zapcat’s, Glenn raced for many years back in the late 90’s in rib’s. Once he found his feet Bligh went solo and achieved two National Championships and a European title in both Zapcat and ThunderCat Racing, and is currently ranked 3rd in the world in ThunderCat Racing. Bligh has spent the last 2 years of his powerboat racing for Multispark Racing Products in the ThunderCat series, under the management…

UIM F4-S Championship leader Al-Qamzi heads to Portugal to race in UIM F2

Jet-setting Team Abu Dhabi driver Rashed Al-Qamzi heads straight from Liuzhou in China to team up with Rashed Al-Tayer at this weekend’s UIM F2 Portugal Grand Prix, the final round of the UIM F2 World Championship, on the Douro River in Portugal. Fresh from extending his advantage in the UIM F4-S Championship to 36 points on China’s Liu River on Monday, Al-Qamzi now switches his attention to finishing his UIM F2 campaign in style after claiming a career-best second place at the last round of the series on the Saône river at Mâcon in France last month. Al-Tayer made his first appearance alongside Al-Qamzi at the penultimate round of the series in France and was holding 13th position before retiring with technical issues, but the experienced powerboat racing all-rounder is keen to further his experience in the exciting and competitive…

12 entries set for the final Guernsey event of 2016

The fifth and final event of the 2016 Stanley Gibbons Investment Series will take place this weekend with 12 entries. V24 Martyn Roberts and Tim Abbot will be the sole entrant V24, It Wasn’t Us has placed second in the 2016 British V24 championship and can’t be beaten in the Guernsey V24 Series. Club Class 2 Jai Rive and Kirsty Savident will be competing in Grey Sea (above) having already won the Guernsey Club Class 2 Championship in their first year of racing. Club Class 3 Gareth and Matt Keast lead the Club Class 3 Championship in their Phantom, The Governor and will be sparring against 2016 UIM Silver Medalists Paul Etasse and Chris Stonebridge in Slayer. Having gone through more saddles this year than John Wayne in a Hollywood western, the team are using this weekend as a springboard for…

Massimo Rossi

The powerboat racing community was shocked by the tragic news that 23-year-old Massimo Rossi suffered fatal head injuries during a German National O-350 race in Traben-Trarbach yesterday. Rossi from San Bellino in Italy had captured World Championships in both the O-250 and O-350 classes this year. After winning Heat 1 last weekend, Event organiser, ‘Sport Events Traben-Trarbach’ announced that Rossi lost his life whilst racing in Heat 2. Silvia Borgonovi had known Rossi since the age of 12 when her father Giacomo took her to a local Italian race; He was and will forever be a great champion. I will always remember our friendship, Massimo was motivated, funny, always smiling and joking. I often wondered where and how he got that energy from. This photograph was taken in 2009 at an OSY 400 World Championship in Poland and it was the first time Massimo raced for a UIM International Title. It didn’t…

Team Britannia announce delay in proposed World Record attempt

Alan Priddy’s  Team Britannia have today announced a delay in their proposed round the world record bid due to a technical problem with its two stern hull plates. According to Team Britannia, the problem was only discovered last week, the plates will now have to be re-cut, scuppering the intended October launch date. Priddy commented on the delay; This is a hard day for the project and everyone involved with it – more than 100 men and women. I have been living and breathing this project for five years and we were flying. The boat was taking shape and everything was on track for the start later this month. All the kit and equipment we needed is on site waiting to be installed, including the engines, Castoldi jets and high tech communications and navigation equipment from industry leaders Raymarine. Having been advised…