Just another pole position, no I love it, I’m really satisfied.
A delighted Erik Edin said after he secured that all important number one spot on the start pontoon for Sunday’s Lithuanian F2 Grand Prix.
The qualifying session was due to take place at 13:45 but due to strong gusts of wind the race officials decided on the grounds of safety to postpone it till 18:00 when they knew that the conditions would be more favourable.
Edin, who had been quickest in the mornings ‘Free Practice’ session, soon got to grips with the choppy conditions.
Normally a Molgaard works really well in smoother conditions, so when it got a little challenging out there I found a way of managing the situation.
So much so that in Q2 he was over a second quicker than his World Championship title rival Pierre Lundin.
In that second session everything was perfect I hardly touched the trim, yet coming out of the turns the boat just felt fantastic.
Then even though he made a couple errors in Q3 he still went fast enough to secure his third pole position of this season.
Lundin was quick to praise his fellow countryman;
He’s too fast. I thought I did a good lap in the top ten ‘shoot-out’ which I was reasonably happy with but I just lacked that top speed today.
Lundin goes into the Lithuanian Grand Prix with an eight point advantage in the championship table over Edin, so would he be taking it easy out there?
One thing I can promise you is that it won’t be a tactical race; I’m not that smart.
Making it an all Scandinavian top three on the start pontoon for the race will be the Norwegian driver Tobias Munthe-Kaas, who has shown some amazing speed around the Lake Zaraso course this weekend. He had posted the second fastest time in morning session and backed that up with another sub forty-six second lap time in Q3.
Like most new boats it takes time to ‘dial’ them in and this BaBa hull is no exception. Some people buy twenty propellers to make a new boat go quick, I just work with one.
Article and Photographs courtesy Chris Davies / F2 Team Association
Chris Davies ARPS, has been photographing and writing about powerboat racing since 1987.