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,
I see this as a wonderful opportunity to join a highly experienced and seasoned F1 team.
F1 Atlantic Team has heaps of logistical support and team back up.
As young five-year old boy, Grant was run over by a truck and as a result, lost his right leg above the knee.
When racing, Grant removes his prosthetic leg, before being strapped into the cockpit.
With amazing courage and commitment, Grant Trask has not let his disability stand in the way of his dream to be a successful F1 pilot. In only his second race on the F1H20 UIM World Championship, Grant Trask finished sixth outright.
We will still be campaigning as an Aussie team and my father, Bob Trask, remains heavily involved as my crew chief and will be at every round as my radio man.
With the opening round of the 2017 F1H20 UIM World Championship series just weeks away, Grant Trask is busy assembling his support equipment ready to ship to Portugal.
This includes three Troy Woods built race engines from Australia.
The first round of the seven event F1H20 UIM World Championship will be held in Portugal on April 22/23 2017.
Grant Trask Racing is an all Australian race team, proudly competing for the F1H20 UIM World Championship.
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