Former waterski racer Bianca Bastin will join Emirates Racing for the second round of the UIM F1H2O World Championship in Portimão next weekend.
The 31 year-old from Melk (Austria), silver-medalist in the 2012 Waterski European Championship will be the second female driver in the Emirates Racing line-up, alongside Marit Strømøy.
Team owner Paola Gillman and Team Manager Emanuela Procaccini are really pleased to be welcoming her in the team and hope she can gain a lot of experience from competing in the 2019 F4-s season.
An enthusiastic Bianca Bastin told Powerboat Racing World:
I am so looking forward to it and I am so happy to get this chance. I never thought that this dream could come true. I hope to learn a lot from the experience from all the people there on and off the water and I want to enjoy every minute of it.
The UIM F1H2O Grand Prix of Portugal is set to start on Friday May 17 where F4 boats will be the first to hit the water for a Free Practice session.
2019 UIM F1H2O GRAND PRIX OF PORTUGAL – TIMETABLE (GMT +1)
Friday 17 May
13:00 – 13:20 F4 Free Practice
13:30 – 13:50 F4 Time Trials
14:00 – 15:30 F1H2O Extra Free Practice
Saturday May 18
12:15 – 13:15 F1H2O Free Practice
13:25 – 13:45 F4 Free Practice
13:55 – 14:15 F4 Race – Day 1
14:30 – 15:30 F1H2O Rebellion Qualifications
15:40 – 16:00 F4 Time Trials
Sunday May 19
13:00 – 14:00 F1H2O Free Practice
14:10 – 14:30 F4 Free Practice
14:40 – 15:00 F4 Race – Day 2
15:30 – 16:30 F1H2O Grand Prix of Portugal – Algarve
Silvia graduated at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia with a degree in European languages (English, German, Spanish and Portuguese) and Cultures.
She has been attending powerboat races since she was 6 months old!
Her father Giacomo, is the chairman of the Formula Committee, is a member of UIM’s Cominsport and a former Italian Powerboat Federation (FIM) circuit president.