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Jelf Racing secure FibreTech UK backing

FibreTech UK a service provider to the UK’s Telecoms Transmission and Media Sector have partnered with the Jelf Racing team for the 2017 season. Formed in 2008, the company has a core of experienced network engineers throughout London, the Midlands and the South of England.  They offer a range of fibre services from high order PMD/CD characterisation to industry standard arc fusion splicing. The Jelf Racing team will be represented this season by George Elmore in GT15, Jonathan Brewer in GT30, Ben Jelf in F4 and Colin Jelf in F2. Team Manager Colin Jelf spoke about the new alliance; This year is our biggest campaign to date as we search for 5 British Championship titles and launch even more challenges in International Competition. He continued; Sponsorship can be difficult to find and good sponsors are even harder to find. The whole…

The Finlayson’s sign up for a full P1 Superstock season

The ‘Spirit of Inverclyde’ race boat will again fly the flag for Inverclyde and Scotland at every round of the P1 SuperStock Championship this summer with a new father and daughter crew in the cockpit. The experienced duo of David and Ashleigh Finlayson, from the historic town of Musselburgh near Edinburgh, will race the P1 Panther powerboat (pictured) in the one-design championship at events in England, Wales, Denmark and Scotland. A love of racing and being on the water started a long time ago for Davie and Ash (as they are better known). The starting point for Davie was waterski racing in the 1980s, and by the time she was 5 years old Ashleigh had already followed her father around the UK and European circuit. Over the three decades since then, Davie has competed internationally in a number of series…

Trask Records Outstanding Finish Against All Odds

Aussie F1 driver Grant Trask has recorded a stunning sixth place in the opening round of the F1H20 2017 UIM World Championship, in Portugal. Grant Trask is the only Australian and the only disabled pilot contesting the 2017 World Championship. With virtually zero seat time in practice and two blown engines on race day, Trask was relegated to pole position 18 on the start dock. With Saturday all practice and qualifying sessions abandoned due to 70 km/h winds, officials restructured the Sunday GP program. A 90-minute combined qualifying session was staged at 9:00 am with the GP set to start at 1:00 pm. Driving an unfamiliar DAC hull in his first drive with the F1 Atlantic Team, Grant Trask desperately needed every minute of practice. Fate intervened and it wasn’t to be. Early in the Sunday practice session, Trask’s 2.5…

Davies and Phillips continue to dominate

2016 ThunderCat Champions Rob Davies and Darren Phillips took a clean sweep of heat wins and victory in the final at Round 2 of the 2017 Championship in flat conditions at Fistral Beach. The Welsh duo are already looking firm favourites to regain their title this year. David Finlayson and Mark Blackman guesting in Multispark Racing for the weekend took an impressive second place after a third in Heat 1 on Saturday. Tom Zierer and Ben Backhouse from Guernsey achieved their first ever podium place by taking third overall. Was this the first time in a British ThunderCat Championship where an English driver was absent from the podium? The Welsh, Scots and Guerns certainly had a good weekend. Photos: Mike Powell

Lancashire GP – British Circuit Curtain Raiser

Carr Mill Dam will play host to the opening round of the 2017 Powerboat GP British Championship this weekend. Paul Balfour, the reigning Powerboat GP Champion, Colin Jelf a 3 time F2 World Champion and Matt Palfreyman last year’s UIM F2 European Silver Medalist will be competing in the F2 Class. Palfreyman with EP Barrus support and Team Engineer Lee Allen’s ‘special spanners’ have worked extensively on his BaBa hull and Mercury Optimax engine throughout the colder months. Palfreyman told me during a phone call on Sunday evening; We had a very promising test at Stewartby. Some speed has been found from our 2016 set-up and I’m quietly confident we can use the Lancashire GP as a springboard to 2017 UIM F2 World Championship success. Colin Jelf said in a press release; It’s been a long winter but the team have put…

Team Abu Dhabi to defend Class S2 Rouen title with two boat team

Team Abu Dhabi returns to northern France this weekend to take part in the 54th edition of the world renowned 24 Hours of Rouen endurance race on the River Seine. The team running out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) achieved a memorable Class S2 victory last year, courtesy of Thani Al-Qemzi, Alex Carella, Majed Al-Mansoori and Tullio Abbate, in Team Abu Dhabi 35. The ADIMSC is determined to repeat a success that saw them run for 792 laps on the 3.8km course to beat Navikart Racing by an impressive 37 laps. Rashed Al-Tayer replaces Abbate in Team Abu Dhabi 35 on this occasion. Mohammed Al-Mehairbi, Rashed Al-Qemzi, Alberto Comparato and Rashed Al-Tayer were not so fortunate last year in Team Abu Dhabi 36 . They were running as high as sixth before Comparato crashed and the…

Chiappe conquers Portimão

Philippe Chiappe won the first round of the UIM F1 H2o World Championship in Portimão today. Pole Sitter and early leader Shaun Torrente blew piston #3 on lap 10 leaving the 2016 World Champion 40 laps to hold the lead. Torrente told me after; I’m not too disappointed, we now know that the boat is quick in qualifying and race set-up. We have a great package for 2017. Drive of the day has to go Finland’s Sami Selio, he carved his way from 9th on the grid to the runners up spot. He said; I’m really pleased, I had big problems with the back markers and by the time I got into second, Chiappe had pulled out too much of a lead for me to challenge him. If Selio took drive of the day, the most popular was local hero Duarte Benavente’s third place.…