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Tension mounts in Cape Town

It was a ‘lay day’ today during the 7 Stars UIM P750 Pro Stock World Championship and it has only heightened the tension among the Pro Stock teams, before tomorrow’s 150 km ‘Long Haul’. ‘What prop do we use’, ‘How will the weather be in the bay?’, ‘Have we planned for enough fuel’, ‘Is the boat ready?’, ‘What is the course’, were all questions the teams were asking today. ‘Do the South African teams have the home advantage?’ Bligh Julius and Charlie Hatfield in the BrandFuel sponsored Team 33 MultiSpark Racing boat know the answer to that question, Julius told me tonight; We are certainly going to show them that we are are up for the challenge! It’s going to be lumpy tomorrow, add two mandatory fuel stops on the beach in and out through the surf, 150 km of racing and if Charlie and I…

Will Lundin race UIM F2 this season?

On Saturday evening the world of powerboat racing came together to recognise the achievements of the best in the sport at the eighth edition of the Union Internationale Motonautique Word Champions Awards Giving Gala. UIM President Dr Raffaele Chiulli said; I consider the annual awards ceremony to be by far one of the most important dates on our calendar. The 2016 UIM World Champions from as far afield as Columbia and New Zealand come together under one roof. The evening allows us to recognise their dedication, commitment and sacrifices, as well as their undoubted racing talent. Amongst the dozens of world-class competitors present at the iconic Sporting Monte-Carlo venue in Monaco were the Lundin F1 Racing team of Christian Bubben Lundin, Roland ‘Rolle’ Sjögren and Conny Sjögren, who were there celebrating the fact that Pierre Lundin had retained his F2 World…

Stuart Croxford – UIM’s Ambassador for Equality

Former ThunderCat racer and Captain in the British Army, Stuart Croxford, was in Monaco last Saturday evening to explain his role as UIM Ambassador for Equality. He told Powerboat Racing World; The UIM has provided a fantastic opportunity for Team Endeavour Racing’s work to be seen on an international stage to prove what can be achieved post serious injury with new challenges to battle adversity and increase resilience for testing times in the future. Team Endeavour ThunderCat Racing was set up by Croxford who was injured in Afghanistan in 2012 where he suffered extensive injuries to both feet, he retired from ThunderCat racing last season in Gibraltar. He has stepped aside to give an opportunity for other injured veterans looking for a new challenge and the team is now being lead into the 2017 season by both Brian Seggie and David Pratt, who are…

Baleno RS Booster Jets win the inaugural Grand Prix of the Seas

A continued supremacy by Daisy and Sam Coleman, complemented by strong driving of Indian debut pilot, CS Santosh with navigator Martin Robinson, put the Baleno RS Booster Jets at the top of the inaugural USD 1,25,000 NEXA P1 Powerboat, Indian Grand Prix of the Seas. The three top finishes for the siblings and CS Santosh’ eight place finish in the third race and his impressive eight and ninth position finish in the first and second race respectively ensured that the Baleno RS Booster Jets ended as the winning team with 89 points and a cheque of USD 50,000. Lloyd Dolphins took second spot and a cheque of USD 20,000, with a total of 87 points with credit to the great driving of Craig Wilson and William Enriquez and husband-wife duo of Stuart and Sara Cureton. Third spot was sealed by…

Becker and Van Geems lead the way in Cape Town

Raynor Becker and Michael van Geems  lead the 7 Stars UIM P750 Pro Stock World Championship in Cape Town, South Africa after completing 2 days of surf disciplines. South African teams are dominating a 40 boat class and are sitting pretty in the podium positions. Britain’s Darryn Harrison and Jimmy Ion / Moku Racing (above) look to be the ‘overseas threat’in Moku Racing, with 2 heat wins on Saturday helping them into fourth place overall. Fellow Brits Blìgh Julius and Charlie Hatfield / Team 33 MultiSpark Racing showed promise in the first day of racing with a strong second place, however, they came a cropper to a monster wave in the second heat that flipped them over. Returning to form, Julius and Hatfield clinched a third place in the final heat in their BrandFuel sponsored hull, putting them into 14th position overall. The teams take a rest today…

Colemans are red hot in the Mumbai sunshine

The British brother and sister pairing of Sam and Daisy Coleman will go into tomorrow’s final race in Mumbai looking for a hat trick of victories in the inaugural NEXA P1 Powerboat India Grand Prix of the Seas that brought world class powerboat racing to India for the first time. They followed up their success in yesterday’s qualifying session, that saw them edge out fellow-Brits James Norvill and Charlie Parsons-Young by a 1/100thof a second, to secure pole position in today’s opening 15-lap race, by winning in impressive style. Despite victory in the second race of the afternoon with a dominant performance on the unique closed race track in Mumbai’s sweeping bay, the Colemans will need their team-mates in the other Baleno RS Booster Jets boat to play their part in tomorrow’s final race if they are to return home…

Special Awards – UIM Awards Giving Gala

UIM Hall of Fame Guido Cappellini The first inductee into the UIM Hall of Fame, Guido Cappellini began his racing career on four wheels in karting, winning the 135cc Italian Championship in 1981 and 1982 and the European Championship for 135cc, also in 1982. After switching to boating, he took first place in the S850 Class at the 100 Miglia del Lario, won the F3 category at the Six Hours of Paris in 1983 and finished fifth overall in the 1985 F3 Inshore World Championship. However, it was in F1 that he made his reputation as one of the greatest of all time. A man who stands head and shoulders above the great and the good of F1 with 10 World Championship titles, 70 Pole Positions and 62 race wins. A man who has made an indelible mark on the history of powerboat racing and who is a true giant…

Bobin – Britain’s World Champion – UIM Awards Giving Gala

26 year old Jack Bobin is probably one of the most modest World Champions you could ever wish to meet. On his first time ever in Monaco to receive his Class 3A plaudits at the UIM Awards Giving Gala tonight, Bobin quietly said to me, ‘I’m just overwhelmed by this town’. Followers of Bobin have been ‘overwhelmed’ by his driving prowess in an offshore Phantom 19 G hull. Making light of the sometimes hellish waters in Tvedestrand, Norway last year, Bobin with co-driver Barry Culver became only the second British UIM Class 3 team to prevail on Norwegian waters in a World Championship. Bobin is attending the Gala at Salle des Etoiles this evening with partner Katie Sirdifield, his mum Elaine and 2 sisters Amy and Mary. ‘Are you going to mention my Dad, Kerry in your article John’? ‘I think he generates enough publicity on his own’,…

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