The 2019 UIM F4 World Championship got underway in Kotka, Finland today with Latvia’s Nikita Lijcs taking the win from Pole Position.
Lijcs and Finland’s Alexander Lindholm both posted a fastest lap of 54.97 in the qualifying shoot-out, however, the Latvian was the quickest of the 2 on their slower laps.
The defending World Champion, Morgan Jernfast was third fastest with a 55.03.
Round 1 – 2019 UIM F4 World Championship
Lijcs, who has also been racing in UIM F2 this season took a fairly straight forward win from the front.
Tuukka Lehtonen, who qualified 4th took the Silver Medal, in front of his fellow countryman Lindholm.
Surprise of the day was Jernfast, who finished in 10th.
Lijcs said after the race:
Thanks to all our fans and supporters – We felt you here in Kotka!
With a convincing victory, we are the first!
Round 2 will start at 12.45 GMT, Sunday 11th August.
2019 UIM F4 World Championship
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.