With the first ‘Free Practice’ session due to take place in just one months’ time for the final round of the 2019 UIM F2 World Championship, now seems a good opportunity to see who has shipped their raceboat to the UAE for the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi.
It will be the first time that Abu Dhabi will host a round of the UIM F2 World Championship and just like the FIA Formula One World Championship and FIA World Rally Championship, we already know who will wear the crown come the prize giving but amongst the twenty drivers expected to line up to compete on 1825 metre course laid out opposite the Corniche are Duarte Benavente, Ola Pettersson and Ferdinand Zandbergen.
All of whom have tasted champagne at previous races this season and all have a realistic chance of collecting a UIM F2 World Championship medal.
It’s the Scandinavian drivers who field the most entries, four from Norway and one each from Sweden and Finland.
Four drivers will represent the UAE, with the UK and Latvia both having two. Drivers from Spain, Portugal, Lithuania and the USA compete the field once again making the UIM F2 World Championship a truly global event.
2019 UIM F2 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi
|SWE||2||Johan Österberg||Molgaard||Mercury 200 XS|
|GBR||3||Owen Jelf||BaBa||Mercury 200 XS|
|UAE||4||Ahmad Al Fahim||Victory||Mercury 200 XS|
|SWE||6||Ola Pettersson||Molgaard||Mercury 200 XS|
|NOR||7||Frode Sundsdal||DAC||Mercury 200 XS|
|NOR||9||Mette Brandt Bjerknæs||Moore||Mercury 200 XS|
|NED||17||Ferdinand Zandbergen||BaBa||Mercury 200 XS|
|GER||19||Stefan Hagin||DAC||Mercury 200 XS|
|UAE||27||Manoor Al Mansoori||Victory||Mercury 200 XS|
|UAE||35 ||Rashed Al Qemzi||DAC||Mercury 200 XS|
|ESP||37||Hector Sanz||DAC||Mercury 200 XS|
|GBR||40||Steve Hoult||Molgaard||Mercury 200 XS|
|LTU||41||Edgaras Riabko||DAC||Mercury 200 XS|
|POR||45||Duarte Benavente||Moore||Mercury 200 XS|
|LAT||51 ||Uvis Slakteris||Molgaard||Mercury 200 XS|
|LAT||71||Nikita Lijcs||ASV||Mercury 200 XS|
|NOR||77||Tobias Munthe-Kaas||BaBa||Mercury 200 XS|
|FIN||95||Kalle Viippo||Molgaard||Mercury 200 XS|
|NOR||Lars Erik Andersen||Mercury 200 XS|
Chris Davies ARPS, has been photographing and writing about powerboat racing since 1987.