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UIM F2 – Anticlimax in Antwerp

When powerboat race fans look back in the history books to see which one of their heroes’s won the 2017 UIM F2 Belgian Grand Prix, they will see that twenty six drivers won that day. It’s fair to say that this weekend has been littered with organisational mistakes and that the finger pointing has only just begun. Sure, it’s been a while since the Belgian National Authorities organised a round of a circuit world championship and that they might have been forgiven for being perhaps a little bit rusty but the catalogue of errors that unfolded throughout the weekend really shouldn’t be brushed under the carpet if the sport is to progress. This weekend we should have made the headlines for having one of the biggest fields of international drivers ever to race at a round of the F2 World…

UIM F2 Belgium GP abandoned

Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Qemzi has maintained his lead in the UIM F2 World Championship in extraordinary circumstances after the Grand Prix of Belgium, scheduled to be staged on Antwerp’s River Scheldt on Sunday afternoon, was abandoned. Logistical issues within the organisation and hazardous weather conditions had played havoc with Saturday’s timetable and, even though all 26 boats took to the water for a practice session on Sunday morning, two boats flipped in the session and strong river currents and ongoing weather issues swayed the drivers into agreeing to abandon the race meeting on safety grounds, pending an official UIM confirmation. It means it was a wasted journey to Belgium for many people, none more so than for Team Abu Dhabi’s Al-Qemzi and Mohammed Al-Mehairbi and all the staff from the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC). Logistical issues…

UIM F2 Belgium GP – organisation woes

Not the best of starts to the UIM F2 Belgium GP weekend yesterday. One would have thought that Event / 3rd Party insurance cover, an homologated course and a semblance of organisation should be fairly straightforward for a World Championship event. Let’s just hope the large entry gets to enjoy safe and competitive racing this weekend. It’s the least they deserve after traveling many kilometres to attend this event.

UIM F2 – Tønsberg Turns A Profit

Joyce Christine Andersen, the general manager of the Tønsberg Båtrace AS, which has held rounds of the UIM F2 World Championship for the last 2 years, announced some cheering financial news today. The race made a profit last year after a loss of NOK 60,000 in 2015. Andersen commented: We came away with a NOK 50,000 profit in 2016. It was important, almost critical, that we delivered a profit last year. The event increased revenue to NOK 977,000 in 2016, compared to NOK 650,000 the previous year. The company, which organizes World Championships in Tønsberg the first weekend also in August this year, also reduced its short-term debt by just over NOK 30,000 to 134,000. We are very pleased with the numbers. Our hope is that the race will become an annual event, and then we have to build it ‘stone by…

Jelf Racing chase down championship leaders at Chasewater Grand Prix

Last weekend, The Jelf Racing Team  were at Chasewater for the third round of the Powerboat GP British RYA Championship. The team were represented in the four championship classes racing that weekend and were ready to get down to business to chase the silverware. First up in action was the team’s Junior racer George Elmore in the GT15 class. The previous two rounds an epic battle has been developing between Harvey Smith and George and this weekend was set to be even closer as both boys contend for their first British crown. The fleet of 6 got quickly down to business in qualifying, with George taking an early lead a second quicker than his nearest rival Harvey Smith. Heat 1 got underway and Smith managed to find some extra speed beating George to the first mark and taking the lead,…

Championship leads under challenge at Chasewater

Last weekend saw the third round of the Powerboat GP British RYA Championship held at Chasewater Water Park. Four championship classes were in action competing for vital points in the 2017 championship campaign. First up in action where the junior racers in the GT15 class aged from 9-16 years old these youngsters where showing experience beyond their years as they raced at speeds in excess of 40mph twisting and turning their way around the course. The previous two rounds an epic battle has been developing between local boy racer Harvey Smith and Kent’s George Elmore and this weekend was set to be even closer as both boys contend for their first British crown. The fleet of 6 got quickly down to business in qualifying, with George Elmore taking an early lead with just a second over his nearest rival Harvey…

Newman hits 105

Mike Newman is the fastest blind man on water, today he increased that speed to 105 mph. Crewing Silverline with Drew Langdon, Newman pushed the UIM Marathon Class A Outerlimits hull to a new blind speed record. The record run was particularly impressive because Silverline had only been launched late last night. Silverline suffered a heart breaking sinking during last year’s Cowes Torquay Cowes race, in which it was recovered a day later. The countless hours of work to get the boat back together certainly paid off for Newman and Langdon today. Photos: Tim Tapping

John Travolta films ‘Cigarette’

John Travolta is currently filming ‘Cigarette’ in Puerto Rico. The 63-year-old movie star was in character as Ben Aronoff, a thinly-veiled version of Cigarette founder Don Aronow. Director John Luessenhop (Texas Chainsaw 3D, Takers) is helming the fictionalised biopic, which also stars Matthew Modine and James Remar. Brooklyn-born Aronow, was murdered in 1987. He built boats for President George H.W. Bush, the Shah of Iran and drug runners. The movie was previously being filmed under the title ‘Speed Kills’, before changing to ‘Cigarette’.

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