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Pinelli and Bubacco take UIM Offshore Class 3D World Championship

Francois Pinelli and Saul Bubacco added the 2016 UIM Class 3D World Championship in Chioggia, Italy yesterday to their 2015 3D European Championship win. A first place and 2 third positions in the 3 heat Championship was good enough to give the French team the 2016 title. All of the 2016 Class 3 World Championships have now been contested, Jack Bobin from Great Britain took A Class honours, Sweden’s Fredrik Groth Fyrö won Class 3B and Jan Trygve Braaten from Norway won Class 3C. Heat 3 Results D15 Roberto Amadi and Lorenzo Bacchi (ITA) – 400 points D3 Alfredo Amato and Gianluca Carli (ITA) – 300 points D1 Francois Pinelli and Saul Bubacco (FRA) –  250 points 2016 UIM Offshore Class 3D World Championship Results D1 Francois Pinelli and Saul Bubacco (FRA) –  850 points D15 Roberto Amadi and Lorenzo Bacchi (ITA) – 700 points D3…

International circuit racing returns to Stewartby

This weekend Stewartby Powerboat Racing club will host 3 UIM European Championships. Powerboat GP will be running international competitions for F2, F4 and GT15 classes where racers from 10 nations from across Europe are expected to make the journey to the Bedfordshire village of Stewartby. Erik Edin from Sweden has now confirmed that he will be making the trip to Britain. The young Swede had his 2016 UIM F2 World Championship hopes wiped out in Macon recently when Abu Dhabi Team driver Rashed Al Tayer shut the door on him causing Edin to roll out of contention. Boat builder Molgaard have worked flat out to repair the hull and ready it for Stewartby. Lying 4th in the 2016 UIM F2 World Championship is Austrian Rup Temper, he will bring with him to Britain his undoubted speed, flair and engineering guru Michael Werner. Frode Sundsdal…

Stanley Gibbons Investment sign up for another year

At the 5th and penultimate event of racing in Guernsey this season, the Guernsey Powerboat Association (GPA) announced that their series title sponsor, Stanley Gibbons Investment have signed up for another year. GPA spokesperson Deborah Sauvarin commented on the news; We are delighted to advise that Stanley Gibbons Investment have announced today that they will be continuing their sponsorship for our Club Racing for the 2017 Race Season. Deborah told me this evening that the deal only extends to the 2017 Guernsey Club Racing Series and sponsorship is still being actively sought for the UIM 3A, 3B and V24 World Championships due to be held on the Island next year. We can’t believe the interest already from local and overseas competitors for our 2017 World Championships. We have lots to look forward to in 2017, the future is looking very good!…

Balfour throws down UIM F2 European gauntlet

Just a week before 2016 European UIM F2 Championship hopefuls compete at Stewartby in England, Paul Balfour took the opportunity of some early practice on the lake and claimed the 2016 F2 Powerboat GP British RYA Powerboat Championship in the process. Balfour was in dominant form all weekend, only the loss of a couple of propeller blades in Sunday’s third race stopped him from winning all 3 heats of the final round of the British Championship. 3 times UIM F2 World Champion Colin Jelf used the weekend to ‘dial in’ his new Molgaard hull whilst Matt Palfreyman was hampered by engine issues various after a tough 2016 International season. The young charger did however manage to put on his usual repertoire of crowd pleasing moves, one snapper commented to me, ‘You just can’t take your camera off that boy, he just keeps giving’. The…

UIM H2O Nations Cup returns after an absence of 18 months

Organised by H2O Racing, the promoters of the UIM F1 H2O World Championship, the UIM H2O Nations Cup hasn’t run since March 2015 – when the now defunct Qatar Marine Sports Federation ran a race meeting in Doha Bay that was won by Team Russia. Eight teams will line up in one of China’s most exciting cities to do battle over two days and various racing disciplines to determine which team is the king of the UIM H2O Nations Cup for a sixth time. Team UAE will be represented by the two regular Team Abu Dhabi drivers, Rashed Al-Tayer and Rashed Al-Qamzi, both drivers fresh from an outing in France in the UIM F2 Championship and both eager to continue the remarkable run that the United Arab Emirates has in this prestigious racing competition. Team UAE has won the title…

UIM Offshore Class 3D World Championship – Heat 1 & 2

Strong winds forced the postponement of the first heat of the 2016 UIM Offshore Class 3D World Championship in Chioggia on Thursday. Heat 1 With better weather on Friday, the Championship got underway with the French team of Francois Pinelli and Saul Bubacco leading from start to finish. They were put under early pressure by Abu Dhabi Team 2, (Serafino Barlesi and Alexander Barone), however the Italian pairing of Roberto Amadi and Lorenzo Bacchi in their class 3D racing debut captured the runners-up spot, whilst Abu Dhabi Team 1 (Ahmed Al Suwaidi and Roberto Lo Piano) took the third step on the podium. Heat 1 Results D1 Francois Pinelli and Saul Bubacco (FRA) – 400 points D15 Roberto Amadi and Lorenzo Bacchi (ITA) – 300 points D18 Ahmed Al Suwaidi and Roberto Lo Piano (UAE) – 225 points Heat 2 Heat…

Grand Prix of Italy – Chioggia

The first heat of the 2016 UIM Offshore Class 3D World Championship was postponed today due to strong winds in Chioggia, Italy. The ten teams entered will now race on Saturday. However, the first round of the UIM World V1 World Championship did run with a 2 boat entry, Team Searex from Germany crewed by Siegfriend Greve and Andreas Podolsky took the honours. They were racing against the Italian Tommy Racing Team, (Maurizio Schepici and Gabriele Giambattista) who had recently competed in the Cowes Torquay Cowes race. chioggiapowerboat.com Photo: Marzia Benincasa

Stewartby brings down the curtain on the 2016 Powerboat GP Championship

The Powerboat GP British RYA Powerboat Championship comes to a close this weekend as Britain’s top Powerboat racers head to Stewartby for the final event of the season the Bedford Grand Prix. 50 competitors have battled it out in 6 classes over the course of the summer at 4 separate Grand Prix weekends in their bid to become 2016 Powerboat GP RYA British Powerboat Champions. The action has been fast and furious throughout the season culminating in what is set to be the biggest finale to the season to date. GT15 Thomas Mantripp looks set to seal the deal on his double crown having already secured the GT15 Sprint Championship in August. The 15 year old from Lowestoft has looked a formidable force throughout the 2016 season finishing every championship round on the podium. Thomas has a strong lead in…

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