The 2016 UIM F2 World Championship has 2 very quick Lady Drivers competing for honours this year.
Bimba Sjöholm from Sweden and Norway’s Mette Brandt Bjerknæs both travelled to Lake Peurunkajarvi in Finland with high hopes of doing well in the first of a seven round Championship.
Sjöholm was racing under the new BRM (Boat Race Management) umbrella of Dean Stallard and Steve Kerton, while Bjerknæs arrived in Finland with a brand new David Moore F2 hull.
Whilst pre-season testing in Sweden had gone well for Bjerknæs under the watchful eye of team mate and 2015 UIM F2 World Champion Pierre Lundin, the race weekend was far from favourable.
The first race of the season didn’t go as planned. We struggled with motor problems all weekend and never made the race.
Sjöholm’s weekend didn’t get off to a good start either, a barrel roll in Saturday’s free practice session put her team under pressure.
With Bjerknæs left as spectator on race day, Sjöholm started 13th on the grid.
Carefully driving through an incident packed race, full of accidents, yellow flags and restarts the plucky Swedish lady finished in 6th place, although that wasn’t the end of it.
After 3 drivers who had finished in front of her were disqualified for rule breaches various, Sjöholm proudly took the Bronze Medal in Finland and she said after the final results were posted,
I am thankful for an amazing crew and my sponsors for the support! #girlonthepodium
For Mette Brandt Bjerknæs,
Next weekend we are going back to Sweden to fix the motor problem and test our new propellers – bring on Campione d’Italia!
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.