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Edin’s Lithuanian UIM F2 Pole

Just another pole position, no I love it, I’m really satisfied. A delighted Erik Edin said after he secured that all important number one spot on the start pontoon for Sunday’s Lithuanian F2 Grand Prix. The qualifying session was due to take place at 13:45 but due to strong gusts of wind the race officials decided on the grounds of safety to postpone it till 18:00 when they knew that the conditions would be more favourable. Edin, who had been quickest in the mornings ‘Free Practice’ session, soon got to grips with the choppy conditions. Normally a Molgaard works really well in smoother conditions, so when it got a little challenging out there I found a way of managing the situation. So much so that in Q2 he was over a second quicker than his World Championship title rival Pierre…

Hutton and Thornton take top honours at Cabarita

Round #4 2016 Australian V8 Superboat Championships Tweed Valley Jet Sprint Club, Cabarita Beach, NSW (6-7 August, 2016) The opening leg of the second half of the 2016 Australian V8 Superboats Championships at Cabarita Beach delivered not just the best field in recent years, but plenty of intrigue after a rare mechanical failure by runaway series points leader Phonsy Mullan opened the door for a first-time winner in the Unlimited Superboat class this season, the first time that opportunity had presented itself in two years! The teams really didn’t need any extra incentive as the battle at the top of both the outright Unlimited class and the hotly contested 400 Class saw boats pushed to the absolute limit with the big Cabarita crowd on their feet for much of the weekend as drivers pushed to the edge and beyond. In…

Oban Duncan assists the Lanka Powerboat Association with their inaugural training programme

The Lanka Powerboat Association (LPA) completed a three-day ThunderCat training course for youngsters at the Diyawanna Lake last week. The training course, was aimed at imparting the know-how of powerboating to Sri Lankan youngsters between the ages of 9 and 16. Manik Gunawardana of the LPA explained; We have selected children from schools around Colombo for this exciting, comprehensive training programme. We are hoping to extend this opportunity to more children throughout the country in due course. We have been successful in inviting a Junior Powerboat champion, Oban Duncan to promote this event in Sri Lanka. Oban is the youngest champion at her level and she participated in the UIM Propstars training programme here. 10-year-old Oban Duncan from Scotland who was nominated for the 2015 Dumbartonshire Sports Personality of the Year and for the 2015 RYA Scotland Junior Sports Personality…

UIM F2 Championship heads to Zarasai in north eastern Lithuania for round five action

Rashed Al-Qamzi and Mohammed Al-Mehairbi will represent Team Abu Dhabi at the next round of the UIM F2 Championship at the city of Zarasai, in northeastern Lithuania ,this weekend (August 26-28). Al-Qamzi and Al-Mehairbi will line-up with Team Abu Dhabi’s 35 and 36 boats to take part in the racing. The fifth round of the prestigious F2 world series comes just three weeks after the team was in action at Tønsberg in Norway, where Al-Qamzi claimed ninth position. The team operating out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) has been enjoying a hectic few months of racing action at various European venues and has already tasted success from participating in UIM F1 H20, F2 and Endurance races in France, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Norway and Poland before embarking upon this exciting Lithuanian challenge for the first time. Salem…

Eva Petersson – A very brave Swedish Champion

Last weekend Eva Petersson was crowned – UIM 2016 Class 3A European Champion. Eva from Kungshamn in Sweden sat in the navigator’s seat and steered Johan Torsell around the two race UIM European Championship with pin point accuracy. To win an International Championship is impressive – To win with an ongoing fight against cancer is truly remarkable. Eva told me today; Just after New Year I found a lump in my left breast, after many tests were done, I was diagnosed with cancer. Just after Easter I underwent an operation and then had chemotherapy. From the very beginning I told myself, my family and friends that I will be fine. There was no other option! To fight cancer with an operation and subsequent chemotherapy is extremely tough, sitting in the back of a Class 3A mono takes some guts, how did…

Wood Power retires from Offshore Racing

Simon Wood Power, one of Britain’s most successful Offshore Racers has decided to retire from racing after a glittering 38 year career. Wood Power who has raced in everything from a Phantom 16′ hull in Class 3 up to catamarans in UIM Class 1, won National and International Championships and has broken various speed records told me today; The time is right, I was due to race in the Cowes Torquay Cowes race on September 4th, a race that I love. This year I didn’t seem to have the same enthusiasm for competitive action, I spoke to my Team Owner Markus Hendricks and explained how I felt about racing. Which leads on to the question that if Wood Power isn’t driving the UIM Marathon Class A Hendricks 55, who will be? Markus wanted a very experienced driver to race with…

It’s Tre for the Swedes – UIM Class 3 European Championship

(Above) 2016 UIM Class 3A European Champions Johan Torsell and Eva Pettersson – Photo: Pickla.se The UIM Class 3 European Championship’s were dominated by the host nation, Sweden. All 3 classes, (A,B and C) were won by Swedish teams. The racing in Nynäshamn was run over two heats in flat conditions with a slight swell. Class 3 A Johan Torsell and Eva Pettersson took a popular Class 3A win particularly as they had a ‘Battle Royale’ with Rasmus Hamrén and Filip Eriksson in Heat 2, with whom they traded positions on numerous occasions. Hamrén and Filip Eriksson added their second place to third yesterday which gave them the UIM European Bronze Medal. Torsell and Pettersson’s win was perhaps surprising as Heat 1 winners, Anton Modin and Susanne Jansson had started as hot favourites in their new British Phantom 19 G hull. Their Team Manager Per Bälter told me…

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