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Lancashire GP – British Circuit Curtain Raiser

Carr Mill Dam will play host to the opening round of the 2017 Powerboat GP British Championship this weekend. Paul Balfour, the reigning Powerboat GP Champion, Colin Jelf a 3 time F2 World Champion and Matt Palfreyman last year’s UIM F2 European Silver Medalist will be competing in the F2 Class. Palfreyman with EP Barrus support and Team Engineer Lee Allen’s ‘special spanners’ have worked extensively on his BaBa hull and Mercury Optimax engine throughout the colder months. Palfreyman told me during a phone call on Sunday evening; We had a very promising test at Stewartby. Some speed has been found from our 2016 set-up and I’m quietly confident we can use the Lancashire GP as a springboard to 2017 UIM F2 World Championship success. Colin Jelf said in a press release; It’s been a long winter but the team have put…

Team Abu Dhabi to defend Class S2 Rouen title with two boat team

Team Abu Dhabi returns to northern France this weekend to take part in the 54th edition of the world renowned 24 Hours of Rouen endurance race on the River Seine. The team running out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) achieved a memorable Class S2 victory last year, courtesy of Thani Al-Qemzi, Alex Carella, Majed Al-Mansoori and Tullio Abbate, in Team Abu Dhabi 35. The ADIMSC is determined to repeat a success that saw them run for 792 laps on the 3.8km course to beat Navikart Racing by an impressive 37 laps. Rashed Al-Tayer replaces Abbate in Team Abu Dhabi 35 on this occasion. Mohammed Al-Mehairbi, Rashed Al-Qemzi, Alberto Comparato and Rashed Al-Tayer were not so fortunate last year in Team Abu Dhabi 36 . They were running as high as sixth before Comparato crashed and the…

Chiappe conquers Portimão

Philippe Chiappe won the first round of the UIM F1 H2o World Championship in Portimão today. Pole Sitter and early leader Shaun Torrente blew piston #3 on lap 10 leaving the 2016 World Champion 40 laps to hold the lead. Torrente told me after; I’m not too disappointed, we now know that the boat is quick in qualifying and race set-up. We have a great package for 2017. Drive of the day has to go Finland’s Sami Selio, he carved his way from 9th on the grid to the runners up spot. He said; I’m really pleased, I had big problems with the back markers and by the time I got into second, Chiappe had pulled out too much of a lead for me to challenge him. If Selio took drive of the day, the most popular was local hero Duarte Benavente’s third place.…

Torrente quickest in Portimão

Shaun Torrente was positively on fire during the F1H2o BRM Qualifying in Portimão this morning. The Victory Team driver put in a quickest lap time of 0:42.80 bettering nearest rival and team mate Ahmed Al Hameli by 0.33 of a second. Al Hameli’s superb time was overshadowed by a massive accident wrecking his sponson, onlookers watched the driver walk away unharmed. When asked after about the problems his nearest rivals had experienced Torrente replied; I’m only interested in the problems within my cockpit and am relieved that Ahmed is okay. We’re fairly sure there is more to come for the race later. Main Photo: Chris Davies  

The 2016 ThunderCat Champions start as they left off

2016 ThunderCat Champions Rob Davies and Darren Phillips put a challenge out at Fistral Beach today. Catch us if you can! The Welsh pairing saw off a spirited challenge from former UIM P750 Pro-Stock World Champions James Tapp and Ed Redman in their Magor Racing outfit. Tapp told me tonight; It’s going to take a while for me to get back to full race fitness and I didn’t have an answer to Rob and Darren today. In third overall were the unlikely pairing of David Finlayson and Mark Blackman guesting in Multispark Racing. Finlayson a fierce Scottish nationalist said after; Third was a great result with no Red Flags throughout today’s racing, I just hope that is an omen for my SNP party in the General Election. Magor Racing Photo: Mike Powell  

A Packed Portimão Sunday in prospect

We have just been informed by F1 H2o of the revised timetable for tomorrow. All times are subject to change but this is the organisers Sunday wish list, weather permitting. 09:30 – 10:30 F1 time trial 10:45 – 11:15 F4 free practice 11:20 – 11:40 F4 time trial 13:00 – 14:00 F1 GP 14:45 – 15:00 F4 race

Gale force winds force Race Officials to postpone BRM Qualifying

Gale force winds and gusts in excess of 70 km/h forced race officials to postpone the first official practice sessions and BRM Qualifying until tomorrow. Nineteen boats and nine teams will line up for the start of a flagship series run by H2O Racing that will take them to France, China and back to Abu Dhabi and Sharjah for the final two races of the season in December, however the wind was just too strong to permit drivers safely on to the Arade River course on the Algarve. UIM Commissioner Luis Ribeiro said; The issue was not just the wind. We had the tides to content with and they dictate what we do. Where the circuit is set on the Arade River means we only go out at high tide or just below that period because of the depth of water. Luis…

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