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Palfreyman has a good weekend in Switzerland

Following the first round of the Formula 2 World Championships in Peurunka, Finland, which saw Matthew involved in a first turn incident, damaging his boat, forcing him to retire from the race and leaving the venue with zero points, the team headed to Campione D’Italia, Switzerland for round 2. Not deterred by the team’s disappointment in Finland, Matthew contacted multiple time World Champion, Massimo Roggiero, who allowed him the pleasure of driving one of his famous BaBa boats. The team drove to the BaBa factory in Busto Arsizio, Italy for some last minute boat preparations, then made their way to the race venue following a day of testing the boat in San Nazzaro, making sure everything was in working order and Matthew can have some extra time in the boat prior to the race. Day one was rather frustrating due…

Jelf Racing team head to Kingsbury Grand Prix

Jelf Racing  will head to Kingsbury Water Park in Warwickshire for the third Grand Prix of the 2016 season this weekend. Amongst 40 of Britain’s top Powerboat racers from all over the United Kingdom the team are set for rounds five and six of the Powerboat GP RYA British Championship. The team have had four weeks off following the Lancashire Grand Prix at the end of May, but rather than using this time to relax the team have used this time to make improvements and have been very busy testing in preparation for this weekend. Jelf Racing’s junior racers George Elmore and Jonathan Brewer go into the weekend currently sat in 4th and 2nd in the championship respectively. Both will be looking for podium finishes at Kingsbury in a bid to bolster their British title campaign. Just 1 point separates…

Spanish Point Nationals Race Bermuda

It was another race day with perfect weather conditions with inside seas 0-1 feet and slowly increasing.We moved our location and held the Spanish Point Nationals Race, sponsored by Spanish Point Boat Club and Freisenbruch Meyer with a course of 7.2 miles on Sunday 26 June 2016. Eight boats were scheduled to race, five made it to the pit area with only three making it to the starting line. Five of the boats S122, D420,B177,B77 and A51 all had to withdraw due to mechanical issues. Aaron Sims and Steven Bridges in their S20, a 28′ Skater powered by twin Mercury 300xs engines completed the course after a slow start as they had engine issues but came back strong. Ryan Davidge and Andrew Osbourne had an excellent day in B16, powered by an Evinrude engine to take their class. I decided…

Powerboat GP Kingsbury

British Powerboat Racers this weekend (2/3 July) head to Kingsbury Water Park in Warwickshire for the third Grand Prix of the 2016 season. 40 of Britain’s top Powerboat racers from all over the United Kingdom are set to kick it up a gear for rounds five and six of the RYA Powerboat GP British Championship. Following an exhilarating competition at the Lancashire Grand Prix at the end of May, competitors have enjoyed a 4 week break allowing them vital testing time as we head into the half way point in the season. Five of the six championship fleets will be back inaction this weekend and with only a couple of championship places separating the top boats there’s everything still to play for and this will lead to a very highly contested weekend of racing at Kingsbury. In the GT30 class…

Slayer warms up for the Worlds

Guernsey Powerboat Association Stanley Gibbons Investment 2016 race series Event 2 – Races 3 & 4 With a stiff westerly force 4 blowing in the Little Russel, the all black ‘Slayer’ driven by Paul Etasse and Chris Stonebridge left the competition in their wake during Saturday’s race 3 as they roared ahead of most of the fleet at the start to put in a faultless display in Club class 3 and win convincingly from The Governor (Gareth & Matt Keast) and Dirty Deeds (Mark Terry/Sue Cosgrave). Having traveled once again from Jersey, Scott Walker unfortunately retired after nine laps having snapped his saddle which was a shame as he had been holding his own in his 18 foot Phantom in some testing conditions which were getting worse as the race continued. The Slayer boys were mindful not to damage their…

Sweden’s Pierre Lundin fends off Matt Palfreyman’s race-long challenge to claim F2 victory

Team Abu Dhabi excelled on its first ever UIM F2 Championship racing challenge at a rain-interrupted UIM F2 Campione d’Italia Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon. With most of the racing schedule put back to Sunday because of heavy rain, Rashed Al-Qamzi and Mohammed Al-Mehairbi were left with a flat-out timetable of racing at the stunning Italian enclave on Lake Lugano. They went on to reach the chequered flag in sixth and 14th positions, with the race victory falling to Sweden’s Pierre Lundin and England’s Matt Palfreyman claiming second position from Sweden’s Erik Edin in a distant third. In overcast and gloomy conditions, Al-Qamzi and Al-Mehairbi lined up for the race start in sixth and 20th positions in Team Abu Dhabi 35 and 36. Pole winner Pierre Lundin of Sweden and Matthew Palfreyman of England made the early running from the…

A busy Sunday in Campione

Bad weather and a lack of medical cover caused delays in Free Practice and ultimately the postponement of Qualifying at yesterday’s UIM F2 Campione d’Italia Grand Prix. Those issues have set up a busy Sunday in Campione, with Free Practice sessions, Qualifying and the Race, all being held today. What little water action there was yesterday, saw Portugal’s Duarte Benavente (above) top the times  in Free Practice Group B ahead of Rupp Temper. Benavente has recently purchased a French Moore hull from Mette Brandt Bjerknæs and said, That was a tough session because the water was really rough. I really like racing in the UIM F2 World Championship, it’s such a great environment to compete in and as long as the F2 calendar doesn’t conflict with the F1H2O one then I will continue racing the entire F2 season. Stefan Hagin (above) was fastest in Free Practice Group B and…

Al-Mehairbi and Rashed Al-Qamzi will drive in F2 for Team Abu Dhabi at Campione

Making a welcome change from its recent successes in the UIM XCAT World Series and the UIM F1 H2O World Championship, Team Abu Dhabi is about to embark on another power boating challenge by entering two race boats in the UIM F2 Italian Grand Prix at Campione d’Italia this weekend. The second round of the prestigious UIM F2 World Championship is centred around the beautiful Italian municipality of Campione d’Italia and the team from the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) has confirmed that Mohammed Al-Mehairbi and Rashed Al-Qamzi will drive Team Abu Dhabi boats 36 and 35, the two race hulls that were used at the 24 Hours of Rouen in the spring. Team Abu Dhabi personnel arrived in Italy yesterday to begin their preparations for the racing on Saturday and Sunday, where they face fierce competition from…

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