The final round of the 2019 UIM F2 Powerboat World Championship finally got under way today with the first ‘Free Practice’ session for the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi.
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Chris Davies ARPS, has been photographing and writing about powerboat racing since 1987.
Following another faultless performance by Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Qemzi in Portugal back in September that secured the 2019 UIM F2 World Championship title all eyes will now be focused on those drivers gathered for the season ‘Grand Finale’ in Abu Dhabi with a realistic chance of a top three Championship finish.
Although next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will go down in the history books as the first-time a round of the UIM F2 World Championship has taken place there, it certainly isn’t the first time several of those taking part have raced in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
With the first ‘Free Practice’ session due to take place in just one months’ time for the final round of the 2019 UIM F2 World Championship, now seems a good opportunity to see who has shipped their raceboat to the UAE for the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi.
This weekend sees the F1H2O World Championship race in Xiamen, China, a venue that last saw a race there in 1997.
Many of the thousands of spectators that had lined the banks of the Douro River yesterday, had hoped to see their local hero Duarte Benavente finish with his third podium place in three years and he didn’t disappoint!
During Saturday morning’s Drivers’ Meeting, Pelle Larson, the UIM F2 Race Director, who also oversees the homologation process at the various race circuits used, felt confident enough to increase the number of racers permitted to compete on the Albufeira Da Pala circuit to twenty-one.