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Kissimmee secure P1 SuperStock UK victory in testing conditions

Experience Kissimmee secured their first ever P1 SuperStock UK weekend victory to end a weekend of fantastic powerboat racing on the south coast. High winds made things tricky out on the Solent as Gosport played host to the P1 English Grand Prix of the Sea this weekend in front of thousands of spectators at Stokes Bay. Picking up where they left off on Saturday, the Experience Kissimmee team of Neil and Jason Jackson used their racing experience to make the best of their way home in race four after a second in race three put them within touching distance of victory. Championship leaders Pertemps Network continued their excellent start to the season to finish second overall, taking their first victory of the weekend in race three. The final podium place was perhaps something of a surprise as Rawbank overcame mechanical difficulties on…

Multispark Racing #33 at the double

Round 8 – Southsea Portsmouth – 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Racing Championship Bigh Julius and Charlie Hatfield’s return to racing action after missing the last event at Liverpool proved particularly fruitful this weekend at Southsea, Portsmouth. They won both rounds 7 and 8, putting the Multispark Racing #33 back in contention for the 2016 Microlink Team Championship. Gary Tolman and Scott Brown did well to recover from a very scary moment during the final, they kept Multispark #61 the right way up and battled through the confused water to claim the second step on the podium.   Microlink – Ahmad Tea, Rob Davies and Darren Phillips, took third overall yesterday, third today. They had a great race in the final and were narrowly beaten to a win by Julius and Hatfield (top photo). Oliver Field and Basil Cook dealt 21, as they steered Blackjack…

UIM Necko Endurance Race – Poland – Team Abu Dhabi 36 take the win

Team Abu Dhabi’s Emirati quartet of Rashid Al-Tayer, Mohammed Al-Mehairbi, Rashid Al-Qamzi and Faleh Al-Mansoori stunned their more experienced rivals to claim a memorable win in the first of two World Endurance Championship races on Augustów’s Necko Lake in northern Poland at the weekend. Thani Al-Qamzi, double UIM F1 H2O world champion Alex Carella, Majed Al-Mansoori and Italian Tullio Abbate led the opening race before dropping back to fifth place in Team Abu Dhabi 35 after engine issues cost them valuable laps. The two boats then took part in a second endurance race on Sunday afternoon and Team Abu Dhabi 36 held fourth after three hours, with Team Abu Dhabi 35 down in fifth position. New Star 20 held the lead from Navicart Racing heading into the closing stages. Winning the first of the races was a great start to…

A shortened Skagerak Across is won by Mikko Oikari

Mikko Oikari driving his quadruple FPT powered Outerlimits – Going Lean, was victorious in the 2016 Skagerak Across yesterday. Oikari, no stranger to UIM Marathon racing, having competed in the 2008 Round Britain Race, won a shortened race with co-driver Lars Eriksson. The team from Sweden were racing a hull that was built in 2010 for Dean Gibbs. Having witnessed the huge seas between Norway and Denmark from a ColorLine Ferry the other afternoon, I wasn’t surprised to see the racers turned back home half way to Denmark. Norwegian Karl Rasmussen took the runners up spot, whilst Jean-Pierre Neels and Thomas Vandamme from Belgium, steered their FB Design RIB to third. The Belgium RIB is already entered for the 2016 Cowes Torquay Cowes, the question now is, will Oikari be up for making it a Skagerak / Cowes double? 1 Mikko Oikari Swe 1.57.16 2…

Pole sitter Edin takes UIM F2 Tvedestrand win

Pole sitter Erik Edin led from start to finish on a warm summer Saturday evening in Tvedestrand, Norway. The top four positions were ‘as you were’ from the previous day’s qualifying. Frode Sundsdal who came in fourth, put in his best UIM F2 position since coming out of retirement, the ageing Norwegian was delighted. We are ‘over the moon’ with our 4th place and 9th overall in the F2 World Championship. We can’t wait for the next round in Tønsberg! Watch out for the yellow lightning! Mette Brandt Bjerknæs was having a great drive in her new Moore hull until she was cruelly robbed of 50% of the blades from her propeller, which in turn forced the gutsy Norwegian school teacher to retire. The race was fairly uneventful apart from one big incident before the second turn on the first lap. Matt Palfreyman added a Somersault to his talented repertoire…

Multispark 1-2 as new BobKat impresses

Round 7 – Southsea Portsmouth – 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Racing Championship Bigh Julius and Charlie Hatfield returned to racing action after missing the last event at Liverpool and put in yet another dominating performance. Steering Multispark Racing #33 to the top step of the podium, their team mates, Gary Tolman and Scott Brown took the second step after a job well done in Multispark #61. Microlink – Ahmad Tea, Rob Davies and Darren Phillips continued their 2016 Microlink Team Championship challenge with another podium place this season. The Welsh duo certainly have the consistency to win, although perhaps not the outright speed. The story of the day has to be the debut of the new BobKat driven by Darryn Harrison and substantially designed by his father Grant. Harrison Snr has persevered with the BobKat project in the UK ThunderCat Series over a number…

All to play for in Microlink ThunderCat Team Championship

Following on from the success of last year, ThunderCat Racing is set to return to Portsmouth this weekend. Crews will be competing for Rounds 7 and 8 of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Racing Championship. Microlink – Ahmad Tea have a narrow points lead over #61 Multispark Racing in the Team Championship, but the return of #33 Multispark this weekend, after missing the Liverpool event could put a ‘cat amongst the pigeons’. A healthy fleet of 21 ThunderCats will commence racing on both Saturday and Sunday at 12.00 pm. The racing will take place just off the Southsea coast next to Castle Field, which itself will come alive with a ThunderCat race village organised by the event sponsor Team Britannia, who have teamed up with some of the city’s best-known companies to provide a free, fun, family weekend. Portsmouth’s Alan Priddy…

Palfreyman’s UIM F2 Tvedestrand hopes hindered after Race Director’s decision

Britain’s Matt Palfreyman travelled to Tvedestrand, Norway with high hopes of gaining at least a podium position. After a stunning drive in Round 2, racing a BaBa hull he had driven for the first time just a few days earlier, Palfreyman challenged reigning UIM F2 World Champion Pierre Lundin for the lead and only settled for second after a mid-race coming together with a back marker. Today, the aggressive Brit was putting in some very impressive lap times and when he went into to Q3, was very confident. That was until he received the news through his radio man that Swedish Race Director Pelle Larson had adjudged that Palfreyman had entered the qualifying course incorrectly and had incurred a disqualification from Q3. Palfreyman radioed back and said that he wanted to set lap times under protest, Larson’s reply was firm,…

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