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Al-Hameli edges out Chiappe and Carella for Liuzhou F1 H20 pole

Sunday afternoon’s BRM Qualifying on the 2.02km, six-pin course on the Liu River was split into three sessions with the slowest six of the 18 entrants eliminated in the first 20-minute session. Alex Carella put in a time of 46.61 seconds in the first three minutes to try and put himself into Q2 early on, but Thani Al-Qamzi was down in ninth at the mid point of the session with a lap of 48.43 seconds and needed to keep an eye on his rivals running behind to ensure it made it into the top 12. Nadir Bin Hendi, Filip Roms, Francesco Cantando, Christophe Larigot, Jesper Forss and Jonas Andersson were eventually eliminated, with engine issues preventing Andersson doing more than a handful of laps at the end of the session. Bartek Marszalak clipped a turn buoy and was duly penalised…

Honda RYA Youth RIB Champions 2016

Following a summer of competitive area finals and a national final that proved to be a real nail biter, it was victory for Jamie Paterson, age 12 from Findhorn Marina, Scotland and Kamila Czartolomna, age 15 from South Staffs Sailing Club, Midlands who powered through to be crowned Honda RYA Youth RIB Champions 2016. The competitors beat off stiff competition from 25 other youngsters from around the country to win their respective classes and clinch this year’s coveted titles at the national final held at the Southampton Boat Show. In the 8-12 category Jamie put in a winning time of 0.58.31, just over a second faster than Tom Rogers from the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, South who finished in 2nd place (0.59.81). While Kamila raced home with a winning time of 0.56.19 in the 13-16 age group, stealing the top…

Carella is looking to bounce back

Team Abu Dhabi’s Alex Carella will be hoping to bounce back strongly from his spectacular accident in Harbin last month, when he tackles this weekend’s Grand Prix of Liuzhou, round five of the 2016 UIM F1 H2O World Championship, on the Liu River in China. The former leader of the Drivers’ Championship lost ground on his main rivals by failing to pick up any points on Harbin’s Hulan Estuary Wetland Park course and knows that a podium finish is an absolute must on the Liu River if he is to remain in title contention heading to the final two rounds of the series in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in December. Following Carella’s retirement in Harbin and team-mate Thani Al-Qamzi’s disqualification from 10th position for a lane violation at the start of the first of the two back-to-back Chinese races, Team…

Marie Sjölander has 131 names so far

I reported yesterday on the forthcoming Östhammars GP against Cancer race to be held this weekend. Pernilla Ingvarsson the Östhammars OOD told me that 90 boats are expected to compete and good money will be raised for Swedish cancer charities. Marie Sjölander has managed to attract 131 donators for the cause and has plastered their names all over her husband Kjell’s Aero 18′ hull. Kjell Sjölander told me this afternoon; We are looking forward to racing with our mono hull Aero 18′ powered by a Yamaha 90. We have a ‘Classic Offshore’ class here in Sweden. It’s quite a big class and we are allowed to race with older and smokey engines! It’s a ‘race for fun’ and raising money at the same time. Marie has more to do; I have managed to put 90 names on the boat, I have work to…

UIM F4 and GT15 European Championships at Stewartby

Powerboat Racing World covered the UIM F2 European Championship in full before, during and after the event, here are Nikki Drummond’s reports on F4 and GT15. Last weekend Powerboat GP and Stewartby Powerboat Racing Club hosted 50 teams from 11 European countries for the 2016 UIM European F2, F4 and GT15 Championships. UIM F4 European Championship Thirteen teams from 8 different countries travelled to battle for the UIM F4 European Championship crown amongst the contenders, were 2016 World Champion Juho-Matti Maninnen from Finland, Latvia’s Nikita Ljics and British Contenders Sam Whittle and Ben Morse all looking to put in a viable challenge for the European Crown. It was the reigning European Champion Maninnen that set the bar setting a sub 57 second time on his 7th lap claiming him the all important pole position 1.2 seconds faster than Sweden’s Magnus Sedeholm (below) in second.…

Östhammars GP against Cancer

The Nordic Offshore season draws to a conclusion at Östhammars this weekend. The event will also be raising money for Cancer Research. Pernilla Ingvarsson who will be the Östhammars OOD told me; Last year was the first time we held this race. It brings money to the Pink Ribbon campaign for breast cancer but also other foundations that fund research against the disease. The amount that we gathered last year was almost 100,000 SEK, which was more than we could have dreamed of. The race was as simple as possible and very close to Offshore Circuit Racing. Most Swedish offshore racers had never made so many turns in a race before! A round of the Nordic Super Series for Offshore calass 3C will be competed for along with V60, V150, 3A and 3B. When we started the planning for this race we had expectations of around 50 boats. Right now we have…

Slakteris storms to UIM F2 European glory

Uvis Slakteris took the honours at the UIM F2 European Championship held at Stewartby in Britain today. Winning two of the three heats was enough to give the Latvian his first international Championship win. It’s pretty fantastic to win, I wasn’t sure if the organisers were going to run 4 heats, so it was a big surprise to me to have won after 3. I’m looking forward to Portugal now and securing a bronze medal in the UIM F2 World Championship. Britain’s Matt Palfreyman who had qualified well in third place, turned his boat over in morning practice. His team, Powertech Marine and others worked non stop on the boat and engine only just getting it ready for a weather delayed Heat 1. Palfreyman who always puts his team through a roller coaster of emotions, then dominated the first race with second placed Erik Edin turning…

Österberg takes late Stewartby UIM F2 European pole

Johan Österberg from Sweden took a last gasp UIM F2 European Championship pole at Stewartby. Tobias Munthe-Kaas had set a blistering fastest lap time earlier in the session in rougher water that looked unbeatable until Österberg posted the quickest lap just as the sun was setting. Britain’s Matt Palfreyman put in the third quickest time, finding space on the circuit when it mattered. Running with a #Pepstar engine and ‘recycled’ steering gear, the 2015 UIM F2 Silver Medalist showed a new maturity in the frenetic and difficult qualifying session. Due to political issues various, the day’s timetable only allowed for the UIM F2 boats to practice and qualify. The F2 teams are due to race over 4 heats tomorrow to decide the 2016 European Championship.   Photos: Fred Emeny

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