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Gillman joins the Victory parade

Scott Gillman’s Victory Team were busy preparing their challenge for 2017 F1H2o honours in Portimão. The 4 time UIM F1 World Champion who has only recently taken over running the Dubai outfit told Powerboat Racing World this morning that he is looking forward to working with fellow countryman Shaun Torrente. Torrente will be campaigning a Moore Formula hull, a similar design that has taken the top spot in the last 4 seasons. His team mate however, Ahmed Al Hameli, will be using a Massimo Roggiero designed and built BaBa boat. Roggiero confirmed that Al Hameli will be running a 2016 design with modifications including narrowing the tunnel. With two uber fast team mates we had to ask Gillman if there would be team orders; Don’t hit each other! Photos: Chris Davies

F1H2o Portimão Weather Worries

With winds gusting up to 80 KPH on Thursday in Portimão, organisers eyes are on the weather forecast for this weekends F1H2o season opener in Portugal. Although the wind is expected to drop from a gale, up to Force 5 conditions are expected throughout this weekend. The first F1H2o Free Practice is slated for 14.00 – 16.00 GMT +1 today, if the forecasters have it wrong. Teams – Drivers CTIC F1 Shenzhen China 1 Philippe Chiappe (FRA) – Moore 2 Peter Morin (FRA) – Moore Victory Team 3 Ahmed Al Hameli (UAE) – BABA 4 Shaun Torrente (USA) – Moore Abu Dhabi 5 Thani Al Qemzi (UAE) – DAC 6 Alex Carella (ITA) – DAC 7 Rashed Al Qemzi (UAE) – DAC F1 Atlantic 9 Grant Trask (AUS) – DAC 10 Duarte Benavente (POR) – Moore Mad Croc BABA Racing 11 Sami Selio (FIN) –…

Team Abu Dhabi 3 boat F1 H2o challenge

After over four months of inactivity, the UIM F1 H20 World Championship roars back into life with the 16th Grand Prix of Portugal on the Arade River in Portimao this weekend. Team Abu Dhabi will field three boats in the highest echelon of the sport for the first time in a bid to win back the Teams’ Championship that it missed out on last year and to try to and win the prestigious Drivers’ Championship. Joining three-time World Champion Alex Carella and his experienced Emirati team-mate Thani Al-Qemzi will be the talented young Rashed Al-Qemzi, the runaway winner of last year’s UIM F4-S Trophy that ran as a feeder series to the UIM F1 H20 Championship. The team operating out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) will join 16 other drivers from a further eight teams and…

F1H2o Victory Team challenge for 2017 Championship under Gillman

Alaric Gomes, Senior Reporter at the Gulf News is reporting that Dubai’s Victory Team are confident they can add the UIM F1H2o World Championship to their incredible trophy cabinet. Last season, American Shaun Torrente and Class One multiple world champion Nader Bin Hendi were the Victory Team driver pairing using Moore hulls. Torrente won the final race of the season in Sharjah and took the Silver Medal overall, while French driver Philippe Chiappe added a third World title in a row. This season a re-branded Victory Team have decided to consolidate and aim for a maiden UIM F1H2o World Crown with drivers Torrente and Ahmed Al Hameli with 4 time F1 World Champion Scott Gillman at the helm. Huraiz Bin Huraiz, incoming chairman of the board of directors at Victory Team, told Gomes at the Gulf News; It is our philosophy at Victory Team to always be at…

Grant Trask Moves to F1 Atlantic Team

In the dizzy world of F1 powerboat racing, circumstances can change in the blink of an eye, as Aussie F1 pilot Grant Trask has discovered. Literally weeks before Grant Trask was set to head off to Italy for testing with the Emirates Team, team boss Scott Gillman was lured away from Emirates to the Victory Team. Within days F1 Atlantic owner-driver Duarte Benavente confirmed that he had snatched Aussie Grant Trask from the Emirates stable. Duarte Benavente is one of the sports most experienced campaigners. 2017 is his 19th season on the F1 tour and the opening round of the 2017 series is Portiamo where he made his debut in 1999. Last year, the veteran F1 pilot was one of only two drivers to finish in the points in every Grand Prix, rounding out the year in ninth overall. Grant Trask said,…

It’s F1H2o Team Sweden for Stark in 2017

The web site have today confirmed that 4 time UIM F2 World Champion Erik Stark will be joining Team Sweden for the 2017 season. Stark will partner fellow Swede, Jonas Andersson in a DAC hull, with Andersson running a Danish built Molgaard. After racing for Scott Gillman’s Emirates Racing in 2015 and 2016, Stark returns to the team where he made his F1H2o debut in 2012 at the age of 24. Andersson expects testing to get underway in the next couple of weeks, once Sweden thaws out from the winter.  

Aussie Grant Trask Joins Emirates Team For World F1 Series

Australian F1 Pilot Grant Trask has announced that he will be contesting the entire F1H20 UIM World Championship in 2017. The 27 year old Trask has signed on with the highly acclaimed Emirates Racing team and will partner the lead pilot Ahmed Al Hameli. With a successful career racing F1 powerboats in Australia, Grant Trask made an impressive debut on the world stage, racing in the final two rounds of the 2016 series. At the Abu Dhabi and then Sharjah GPs Grant Trask finished 12th and sixth respectively. As a rookie on the world stage, debut performances rarely come any better. The first round of the seven event F1H20 UIM World Championship will be held in Portugal on April 22/23 2017. Grant Trask will join the Emirates Team in San Nazzaro, Italy for testing at the beginning of April.

RYA Powerboat Racing Awards – Osprey Powerboat Rescue Team

The Trophy – Tony Needell Award for Services to the Sport The trophy is dedicated to Tony Needell – to be awarded in rotation between the various powerboat racing disciplines. The criterion is that it should be presented to anyone who is adjudged as having given outstanding service to the sport. Osprey Powerboat Rescue Team – The 2016 winner of the Tony Needell Award The Osprey Powerboat Rescue Team have been recognised for their invaluable safety coverage during Powerboat GP, F1 H2o and F1 H2o Nation Cup events. Senior member and one of it’s founders Ches Woodford said; We are extremely humbled to receive the Tony Needle award. Although there are only five of us here tonight this award goes to the scores of team volunteers who, over the past fifty years have given up so much to make our sport as…

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