With our reviews of the 2018 season published, it’s time to focus on the New Year and to consider what 2019 has in store.
The 2019 UIM F1H2o World Championship has confirmed dates and venues for Portimao, Evian, Amravati, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah with 2 events in China to be firmed up.
As for the line-up, it would appear that Team Abu Dhabi will only be able to run 2 drivers in the Championship, it will be interesting to see an official announcement from Team Manager Guido Cappellini on that situation in due course.
In December it was announced that 2018 UIM F2 World Champion Alberto Comparato would drive for Duarte Benavente’s F1 Atlantic Team with Philippe Chiappe and Peter Morin confirmed to race for the CTIC F1 Shenzhen China team again and Carella, Marit Strømøy and Sami Seliö also staying with the same teams.
The 2019 UIM F2 World Championship has a potentially interesting calendar with Kaunus, Locarno, Tonsberg, Riga, Ribadouro, Baku and Sasolburg all at the ‘To Be Confirmed’ stage.
I’m heading to Tonsberg next week to chat with race organiser Frode Sundsdal about his plans for the 2019 race.
Sundsdal was particularly proud that last year’s (2018) Tønsberg Båtrace, featured the second most watched Live Stream in Norway.
The 2019 UIM F2 Championship will boast over 24 drivers, the biggest news so far is that American driver Brent Dillard will race for the Comparato UIM F2 Team.
US Offshore Racing looks set to be more ‘joined-up’ in 2019.
OPA Racing and Powerboat P1 have confirmed 5 venues so far for their American Power Boat Association (APBA) Offshore Championship.
American teams and former UIM Class 1 competitors have got together with the intention of rebooting the series racing at Cocoa Beach, Lake Ozark, Missouri, Sarasota, St Clair Michigan and Michigan City.
Powerboat Racing World will be bringing you all the latest news as we have it in the forthcoming coming year.
Have a safe and successful racing season.
P.S. I used Xavier Bertin’s cracking F4 shot for this article in the spirit of Entente Cordiale!