Marine engineer, Lee Allen, has joined Frode Sundsdal’s Norwegian UIM F2 World Championship team for the 2019 season.
Allen has plenty of experience with the Mercury Optimax motor used in F2, he has worked as a UIM Technical Inspector and as Matt Palfreyman’s mechanic in 2017.
Sundsdal told me from his race shop, which is based just outside of Tonsberg:
It’s great news for our team, with Lee´s 25 year plus experience with the Mercury brand he is well qualified engineer to look after my motors, and join us as our new Technical Adviser for the 2019 season.
When Lee told me that he had decided not to be a UIM Commissioner this year, I invited him over, and we have now made an arrangement for this season.
He will still continue his day to day marine job in the United Kingdom, but will work with us in the close season with the set-up.
It will be a great asset to our team, and more importantly, fun!
Allen commented on his new position:
We have been friends for longer than most people know, over the years we’ve discussed working together many times.
After Frode invited me to look over his facilities, I’ve been very impressed and I look forward to being a part of it.
It gives me a great opportunity to continue with the sport I love.
The 2019 UIM F2 World Championship season is set for its first round in Kaunus, Lithuania, June 28-30. With Allen on-board, Sundsdal Racing will also race in Brindisi, Italy and Ribadouro, Portugal.
It goes without saying that Sundsdal will be looking to Allen’s engineering expertise in August, where he will be competing in his home town of Tonsberg, at a race he spends 9 months a year organising.
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.