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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…

Lundin blitzes F2 Speed Run

Pierre Lundin’s speed of 194km was more than good enough to secure the fastest time on Lake Peurunkajarvi, Finland this evening. Lundin’s closest challengers were Erik Edin and Uvis Slakteris who hit 193km. Allex Carella and Konstantin Ustinov both achieved 191km. The Speed Run was robbed of seeing Lundin’s team mate, Mette Brandt Bjerknæs’ brand new Moore hull making a run when her OptiMax 200XS developed mechanical issues just before.

Alberto Comparato makes his F2 Debut

F2 Team Association / Chris Davies Alberto Comparato will make his UIM F2 World Championship debut in Peurunka, Finland. Having been the UIM F4 World Champion for the past two years the young Italian admitted that his father is more nervous then he is. Fabio Comparato, who raced in the UIM F1H2O series from 1999 till he retired in 2010, said, This is a big step but we think he’s ready for it. We all know that the next three races will be steep learning curve for him but the teams aim is to get as much seat time for him as possible. By racing here this weekend Comparato Jnr. will become the youngest ever UIM F2 competitor at eighteen years old.

Powerboat P1to stage a Coastal and Marine Tourism Forum

Powerboat P1 announces that it is to stage a Coastal and Marine Tourism Forum in Cardiff at the end of this month. The event will create awareness, facilitate dialogue and share knowledge within Wales of the opportunities and potential for driving tourism through coastal and marine activities – such as sailing, motor boating, wind surfing, diving experiences, wildlife and marine mammal tours, maritime museums and events, cruise trips, fishing, and visiting waterfront hotels and restaurants – by presenting case studies and hearing the views of a specialist panel. Discussions will look at how the marine sector can make a wider and more significant contribution to Wales’ already successful travel and tourism offering, covering a range of topics including new frontiers in marine tourism, collaboration and partnerships, politics, practice, management, sustainability and marine ecotourism. The panel will include Nigel Morgan –…

DRYU Waterproof Bags team up with UIM F2 driver Mette Brandt Bjerknæs

DRYU are a new company based in Bournemouth. They are now supplying high performance waterproof, sand, snow and dirt proof protection dry bags in a range of sizes and stand-out colours. The man behind the company, Jamie Street, had originally planned to target the festival, beach, surfing and sailing markets, but in the last couple of months has signed partnership deals with UK ThunderCat Racing, P1 Superstock team, Coleman Racing and powerboatracingworld.com Street told me this afternoon, We are extremely pleased with our existing partnerships, which have helped to gain our brand coverage across the UK. Today we can announce that our logo is proudly displayed on Mette Brandt Bjerknæs’ new UIM F2 Moore hull. For this season David Moore has designed a new boat especially for Norwegian lady driver Bjerknaes. The boat looks stunning and to be honest, when I saw the…

Live UIM F2 streaming from Finland

There will be live streaming from Finland this weekend. To watch all the action from the first round of the 2016 UIM F2 World Championship, to be held on Lake Peurunkajarvi, Finland, British driver Matt Palfreyman has set up a YouTube channel. We first tried out the technology at the Powerboat GP race at St Helens a couple of weekends ago and we got a really positive response. Lot’s of people can’t be in Finland to watch the racing and we thought a live stream of qualifying and the race would add extra value. Palfreyman’s YouTube channel can be found here and it is best to subscribe for notifications of latest uploads. The 2015 UIM F2 Silver medallist is quietly confident of a good result to open his season’s account, I caught up with him during Round 6 of the…

Norway plans a Finnish Invasion?

F2 Team Association / Chris Davies It was something that their Viking ancestors never considered. A small army of Norwegian racers are making their way to the spa resort of Peuruka in central Finland to see if they can plunder the trophy cabinet at the opening round the 2016 UIM F2 World Championship. For some of them including the likes of Mette Brandt Bjerknaes and Tobias Munthe-Kaas it will be their chance to début brand new raceboats. Bjerknaes commented, We have just finished my second test weekend with the new Moore hull. There were some issues with the power steering but hopefully the problem is now solved. Whilst working alongside the 2015 F2 World Champion, Pierre Lundin, she has gained an incredible amount of race craft during those test sessions. We have practised a lot together in Sweden, in race…

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