The Jornal Observador have reported that the Município de Portimão will be diverting the €350,000.00 they had originally allotted to support the UIM F1H2o Grand Prix of Portugal into helping combat the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Federação Portuguesa De Motonautica (FPM) announced last Thursday that the race in Portugal, which was scheduled for May 8-10, has been postponed and subsequently the mayor of Portimão, Isilda Gomes, told the Observador:
This public health measure reinforces the strategy adopted by the municipal authorities (of Portimão) to effectively combat the pandemic, cancelling all types of social, cultural and sporting events, while contributing to the reinforcement of the equipment applied to the treatment of patients in the local hospital unit.
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.