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15,000 spectators at the P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea

Bright sunshine, a stunning backdrop of the Argyll hills and the calm waters of the river Clyde provided a perfect setting for P1 SuperStock powerboat racing. The mile stretch of the Esplanade featured over 30 trade stands as part of the Inverclyde Showcase highlighting tourism-related businesses in the Inverclyde area. After three SuperStock races It was the brother and sister duo of Sam and Daisy Coleman who took the honours, to the delight of their exuberant sponsors Pertemps, leaving them contemplating a Grand Prix victory and first place in the overall championship standings. Experience Kissimmee, competing in only their second round of the P1 SuperStock championship, grabbed a second place finish overall, closely followed by Pickfords. Strong local support for the Spirit of Inverclyde team pushed them to a respectable fourth, whilst Rawbank and Quantum Racing both suffered setbacks in…

Hibernia Racing set to feature in Channel 4 documentary

Hibernia Racing are ready for filming the start of the Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race from their UIM Marathon Class C boat. On board Hibernia Racing will be Ant Middleton presenter of the UK Channel 4 programme, SAS: Who Dares Wins. Middleton will be looking after navigating duties and in equal measure making a television documentary for Channel 4. Boat owner, John Ryan with his crew of Philip Fitzgibbon, Sean McNamara and Denis Dillon recently shattered the Round Ireland powerboat record with a time of 12 hours 54 minutes and 24 seconds. Power Boat Racing World is honoured to have their logo proudly displayed on the ALLBLACK SL44 hull.

Bermuda – Ferry Reach

Sunday 12 June 2016 saw spectators line the shores for the second scheduled race day of the season in Bermuda. Once again only four boats made their way to Ferry Reach, however only three of the boats entered the water. Winning the A Class was Cleveland Maybury and Sal DeMello, who only completed their one lap to get full race and class points. The highlight of the day was for the crowd to witness the battle for bragging rights in the S Class, as Aaron Sims and Steven Bridges powered S20, a 28′ Skater powered by twin Mercury 300xs engines to the winners circle, while Neil Fox and Stanford Rawlins finished a distant second in S122. The D class boat did not race due to temperature gauge issues and there were no B Class boats due to mechanical and other…

Contrasting fortunes for UIM F2 Lady Racers in Finland

The 2016 UIM F2 World Championship has 2 very quick Lady Drivers competing for honours this year. Bimba Sjöholm from Sweden and Norway’s Mette Brandt Bjerknæs both travelled to Lake Peurunkajarvi in Finland with high hopes of doing well in the first of a seven round Championship. Sjöholm was racing under the new BRM (Boat Race Management) umbrella of Dean Stallard and Steve Kerton, while Bjerknæs arrived in Finland with a brand new David Moore F2 hull. Whilst pre-season testing in Sweden had gone well for Bjerknæs under the watchful eye of team mate and 2015 UIM F2 World Champion Pierre Lundin, the race weekend was far from favourable. The first race of the season didn’t go as planned. We struggled with motor problems all weekend and never made the race. Sjöholm’s weekend didn’t get off to a good start either, a barrel roll…

UIM F2 Grand Prix of Finland – History is made at The Wacky Races

F2 Team Association / Chris Davies There have only ever been a handful of films made about powerboat racing but if Sergio Leone had ever to direct another ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, it might have looked like what happened at the opening round of 2016 UIM F2 World Championship. So lets start with the ‘Good’ and what a story that could make after the youngest ever driver to race in the UIM F2 World Championship wins a Grand Prix at his first attempt. Eighteen year old Alberto Comparato had driven an exceptional race all weekend and had initially finished outside the top three. My father had told me that all he wanted was for me to get the new DAC home in one piece, so you can imagine how he now feels after I was awarded the top spot.…

Hagin hoping his Molgaard can run in light winds during UIM F2 Grand Prix of Finland

F2 Team Association / Chris Davies With the breeze beginning to calm down, the advantage had certainly swung to those drivers who were using Molgaard hulls during qualifying for the UIM F2 Grand Prix of Finland. One of them was the quietly spoken young German driver Stefan Hagin. Over the winter he had gone back to the Molgaard factory, where Christian and his team had reworked the decks and sponsons. We took it to the recent race in Brodenbach in Germany and it ran perfectly. I was actually getting some brilliant starts there, I even out dragged Rupp Temper, who is known for his quick reactions off the dock. He will have the UIM F2 World Champion sat alongside him on the start pontoon for tomorrows race and is not sure what to expect, I really don’t know how Lundin…

Edin edges out Lundin for UIM F2 Pole

F2 Team Association / Chris Davies Twenty days ago we collected the Molgaard from the paint shop. A delighted Erik Edin commented after he took his first ever UIM F2 World Championship pole position here in Peurunka, Finland. I had a short race back home in Sweden, which we used as a shake down test and to be honest I couldn’t believe the speed I was seeing. Last night during the Midnight Speed run he recorded 193Kmph and admitted that he really didn’t have a clue that this brand new hull could be that quick. We are still trying different propellers because we are unsure just how well it will get away from the start pontoon. This boat has really surprised me and I hope to discover a few more of its secrets during tomorrow mornings free practice. Keeping a…

UIM F2 Grand Prix of Finland Qualifying groups

F2 Team Association / Chris Davies This evening twenty four drivers will be trying to qualify for the twenty places available on the start grid for tomorrows UIM F2 Grand Prix of Finland. The UIM and local promoter have drawn out of a hat the names of the twelve drivers for each free practice session and first qualifying group. They are as follows: Group A Pierre Lundin SWE Johan Osterberg SWE Mette Brandt Bjerknes NOR Oskar Samuelsson SWE Bimba Sjoholm SWE Harri Lehti FIN Stefan Hagin GER Roman Vandyshev RUS Uvis Slakteris LAT Daniel Segenmark SWE Frode Sundsdal NOR Alex Carella UAE Group B Owen Jelf GBR Rupp Temper AUT Ola Petterson SWE Matt Palfreyman GBR Sami Selio FIN Konstantin Ustinov RUS Erik Edin SWE Edgaras Riabko LIT Alberto Comparato ITA Nick Bisterfeld GER Tobias Munthe-Kaas NOR Pal Virik Nilsen…

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