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UIM F4-S Championship leader Al-Qamzi heads to Portugal to race in UIM F2

Jet-setting Team Abu Dhabi driver Rashed Al-Qamzi heads straight from Liuzhou in China to team up with Rashed Al-Tayer at this weekend’s UIM F2 Portugal Grand Prix, the final round of the UIM F2 World Championship, on the Douro River in Portugal. Fresh from extending his advantage in the UIM F4-S Championship to 36 points on China’s Liu River on Monday, Al-Qamzi now switches his attention to finishing his UIM F2 campaign in style after claiming a career-best second place at the last round of the series on the Saône river at Mâcon in France last month. Al-Tayer made his first appearance alongside Al-Qamzi at the penultimate round of the series in France and was holding 13th position before retiring with technical issues, but the experienced powerboat racing all-rounder is keen to further his experience in the exciting and competitive…

12 entries set for the final Guernsey event of 2016

The fifth and final event of the 2016 Stanley Gibbons Investment Series will take place this weekend with 12 entries. V24 Martyn Roberts and Tim Abbot will be the sole entrant V24, It Wasn’t Us has placed second in the 2016 British V24 championship and can’t be beaten in the Guernsey V24 Series. Club Class 2 Jai Rive and Kirsty Savident will be competing in Grey Sea (above) having already won the Guernsey Club Class 2 Championship in their first year of racing. Club Class 3 Gareth and Matt Keast lead the Club Class 3 Championship in their Phantom, The Governor and will be sparring against 2016 UIM Silver Medalists Paul Etasse and Chris Stonebridge in Slayer. Having gone through more saddles this year than John Wayne in a Hollywood western, the team are using this weekend as a springboard for…

Massimo Rossi

The powerboat racing community was shocked by the tragic news that 23-year-old Massimo Rossi suffered fatal head injuries during a German National O-350 race in Traben-Trarbach yesterday. Rossi from San Bellino in Italy had captured World Championships in both the O-250 and O-350 classes this year. After winning Heat 1 last weekend, Event organiser, ‘Sport Events Traben-Trarbach’ announced that Rossi lost his life whilst racing in Heat 2. Silvia Borgonovi had known Rossi since the age of 12 when her father Giacomo took her to a local Italian race; He was and will forever be a great champion. I will always remember our friendship, Massimo was motivated, funny, always smiling and joking. I often wondered where and how he got that energy from. This photograph was taken in 2009 at an OSY 400 World Championship in Poland and it was the first time Massimo raced for a UIM International Title. It didn’t…

Team Britannia announce delay in proposed World Record attempt

Alan Priddy’s  Team Britannia have today announced a delay in their proposed round the world record bid due to a technical problem with its two stern hull plates. According to Team Britannia, the problem was only discovered last week, the plates will now have to be re-cut, scuppering the intended October launch date. Priddy commented on the delay; This is a hard day for the project and everyone involved with it – more than 100 men and women. I have been living and breathing this project for five years and we were flying. The boat was taking shape and everything was on track for the start later this month. All the kit and equipment we needed is on site waiting to be installed, including the engines, Castoldi jets and high tech communications and navigation equipment from industry leaders Raymarine. Having been advised…

Al-Hameli takes Liuzhou F1 H20 win from pole

A delighted Al-Hameli last won a round of the series in Doha Bay in 2012, but the Emirati delivered a superb performance from pole position on the Liu River course to fend off a superb challenge from double World Champion and series leader Philippe Chiappe to record his stunning win. When the lights went out, Al-Hameli held his line from Chiappe, but Selio managed to sneak passed Carella into third. Al-Qamzi climbed to seventh place and Andersson surged into 11th and then overtook Francesco Cantando to snatch 10th position. By lap five, Al-Hameli led Chiappe by 2.99 seconds, as Selio, Carella and Torrente trailed in their wake and Andersson overtook Duarte Benavente to snatch ninth. The leading group held station through 10 laps, although Poland’s Bartak Marszalak became the first retirement of the 18 entrants on the seventh lap and…

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…

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