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Bermuda Offshore season set to get underway

The start of the Bermuda Offshore Racing season was delayed this summer by the 35th America’s Cup, however, tomorrow at 13.00 (GMT-3), the Bermuda Power Boat association (BPBA) will drop the green flag on 2017 competition. With a growing number of local racers using 115 hp power units, one particular entrant in that category is sure to attract interest. Errin Butterfield and Shaki Easton will be campaigning a brand new Mercury powered Phantom 19 G hull. The boat was built in Britain, rigged and race prepared by Motorvated Racing; the team that won the 2016 UIM 3A World Championship in a similar set-up. Prior to shipping, the boat was shaken down by World Champion Jack Bobin and new owner Errin Butterfield joined him in Britain for a final session of intense testing, allowing him to get to know the boat…

More Phantom 19 G-lory

Anton Modin and Susanne Jansson became the 2017 UIM Class 3A European Champions in Tvedestrand, Norway this afternoon. Modin, driving a British built Phantom 19 G, gave the stepped hull design its third international title since 2014. The young Swede will now have his toughest challenge yet when he takes part in the World Championships to be staged in Guernsey this September. 2017 UIM Class 3A European Championship – Heat 2 1 A-082 Anton Modin/Susanne Jansson SWE 2 A-066 Inge Lund/Per Anders Bergan NOR 3 A-025 Trond Morten Olaussen/Espen Guldbransen NOR 4 A-098 Karl Rasmussen/Martin Steinrud NOR 5 A-004 Mathias Halvorsen/Caroline Garcia NOR Flying Fins win Offshore Class 3C Marcus Johnsson and Jussi Myllymäki from Finland took their second win of the weekend in 3C and in equal measure, the European Championship for their class. 2017 UIM Class 3C European Championship – Heat…

UIM F4 – Latvia’s Nikita Lijcs closes the gap on championship leader

Last weekend 20 of UIM F4 pilots travelled to Stewartby, Bedford for rounds 3 and 4 of the UIM F4 World Championship. Competitors from Britain, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and Sweden made the journey looking to stop Finland’s Juno-Matti Manninen from his second consecutive World Championship title. The Finnish racer had taken an early lead on home water in June with a 2nd and first at the opening two rounds of the championship leaving him in a strong position heading to the British Grand Prix on a course where he’d dominated to secure the European crown in 2016. Days before the competition Latvia’s Nikita Lijcs who was currently sitting in second place in the competition had failed to enter and looked like he may be a no show until right at the last minute when he announced his…

Buzzi unveils diesel record attempt boat

Fabio Buzzi today unveiled his ‘project boat’ at the Viareggio Bastia Viareggio – VBV Legend. The Italian legend, boat designer, builder, racer and engineer has built a new hydroplane to raise the World diesel water speed record. Buzzi will be attempting to break his own record of 156.76 mph set in 1992 at Moregallo in Seatek Trimax, with this all new boat and engine package. He told me last week that virtually everything has been manufactured ‘in house’ at at his FB Design HQ in Brianza. The engine built for Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT) will be rated at 1500 hp, although the maestro smiled and said the horse power could be turned up for the attempt. Eventually the boat should see speeds of over 200 mph, all Buzzi needs now is stretch of water long enough to attempt the record. Main Photo: Marcello Curioni

UIM Class 3 – Modin and Johnsson take first heat honours

The UIM 3A and C classes today raced the first of 2 heats which will decide the 2017 European Championship. The event held in Tvedestrand, Norway was missing the Class 3B fleet. After being unable to attract enough competitors, the organisers handed the Championship back to the UIM last week. Swedes, Anton Modin and Susanne Jansson steered their Phantom 19G to victory in the A class, whilst Marcus Johnsson and Jussi Myllymäki from Finland prevailed in C. The second and final heat is scheduled for 14.00 CET tomorrow. Photos: Fotograf Pickla

Trask – ‘That’s Racing’!

Aussie Formula 1 pilot Grant Trask has displayed his best form to date of the F1H20 2017 UIM World Championship, qualifying in 5th position for the French GP. For the first time in his brief four race international career, the 27 year old Australian enjoyed a clear run in qualifying. The boat set up was good, the engine strong and the strategy was well managed. Grant Trask is the only Australian and the only disabled pilot contesting the 2017 World Championship. With official practice and qualifying blown out on the Saturday, the UIM officials decreed that both the one hour qualifying session and the GP would be held on the same day, Sunday. Grant Trask was first out on the course in qualifying and laid down a series of quick laps to set a qualifying time of 49.92. This was…

Colin Jelf – Update

The Jelf Racing Team have issued the following statement; Colin Jelf remains on oxygen and is still being monitored regularly in ICU, but he is talking well and looking better. He is in reasonably good spirits, comfortable, receiving the best possible care, and is expected to make a full recovery. Once again, Jelf Racing would like to thank all the officials and especially the rescue teams and emergency services that helped Colin in his time of need. They continue to be moved by the messages of support and offers assistance that have come in abundance. Colin and the family are the team’s priority at the moment and further updates will be issued when appropriate to do so. Photo: Fred Emeny

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