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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…

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.…

Al Hameli walks away unharmed

Ahmed Al Hameli walked away unharmed after this dramatic accident in F1H2o BRM Qualifying at Portimao.   Video from: NOS.nl John MooreJohn 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. www.powerboatracingworld.com/

Torrente quickest in Portimão

Shaun Torrente was positively on fire during the F1H2o BRM Qualifying in Portimão this morning. The Victory Team driver put in a quickest lap time of 0:42.80 bettering nearest rival and team mate Ahmed Al Hameli by 0.33 of a second. Al Hameli’s superb time was overshadowed by a massive accident wrecking his sponson, onlookers watched the driver walk away unharmed. When asked after about the problems his nearest rivals had experienced Torrente replied; I’m only interested in the problems within my cockpit and am relieved that Ahmed is okay. We’re fairly sure there is more to come for the race later. Main Photo: Chris Davies   John MooreJohn 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…

A Packed Portimão Sunday in prospect

We have just been informed by F1 H2o of the revised timetable for tomorrow. All times are subject to change but this is the organisers Sunday wish list, weather permitting. 09:30 – 10:30 F1 time trial 10:45 – 11:15 F4 free practice 11:20 – 11:40 F4 time trial 13:00 – 14:00 F1 GP 14:45 – 15:00 F4 race John MooreJohn 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. www.powerboatracingworld.com/

Gale force winds force Race Officials to postpone BRM Qualifying

Gale force winds and gusts in excess of 70 km/h forced race officials to postpone the first official practice sessions and BRM Qualifying until tomorrow. Nineteen boats and nine teams will line up for the start of a flagship series run by H2O Racing that will take them to France, China and back to Abu Dhabi and Sharjah for the final two races of the season in December, however the wind was just too strong to permit drivers safely on to the Arade River course on the Algarve. UIM Commissioner Luis Ribeiro said; The issue was not just the wind. We had the tides to content with and they dictate what we do. Where the circuit is set on the Arade River means we only go out at high tide or just below that period because of the depth of water. Luis…

Amaury Jousseaume est en attente

Amaury Jousseaume was in Saudi Arabia at the end of March competing as one of the 8 boats in the World Offshore Class3-225 Championship. It was the first time ever he had sat and throttled the Class 3 hull with Jérôme Brarda who currently races a 42-foot Supercat in the US. The French driver had to wait 3 days until daily storms finally subsided for the Championship to finally get underway. Starting in last place on the grid, Jousseaume throttled the boat to a UIM Bronze Medal. Switching from Offshore to Circuit, Jousseaume is experiencing déjà vu in Portimão as he looks forward to eventually putting his Maverick F1 Moore hull in the water for the first time. Jousseaum told Powerboat Racing World today; I only knew I would be racing for Maverick F1 2 weeks ago when Cedric Deguisne asked me to join the team. I had only planned to…

The Waiting Game

With winds still swirling around Portimão, F1 H2o organisers are forced to play a waiting game in the pursuit of putting boats on the water today. Weather forecasts indicate the wind to back off later and drivers were told at the morning briefing to be ready at a minutes notice for at least Official Practice and perhaps a BRM qualifying session. F1 H2o will be Live Streaming at 13.00 GMT +1 for a 30 minute special with the latest updates. Photo: Chris Davies John MooreJohn 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. www.powerboatracingworld.com/

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