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Grant Trask Moves to F1 Atlantic Team

In the dizzy world of F1 powerboat racing, circumstances can change in the blink of an eye, as Aussie F1 pilot Grant Trask has discovered. Literally weeks before Grant Trask was set to head off to Italy for testing with the Emirates Team, team boss Scott Gillman was lured away from Emirates to the Victory Team. Within days F1 Atlantic owner-driver Duarte Benavente confirmed that he had snatched Aussie Grant Trask from the Emirates stable. Duarte Benavente is one of the sports most experienced campaigners. 2017 is his 19th season on the F1 tour and the opening round of the 2017 series is Portiamo where he made his debut in 1999. Last year, the veteran F1 pilot was one of only two drivers to finish in the points in every Grand Prix, rounding out the year in ninth overall. Grant Trask said,…

Chiulli unanimously elected ARISF President

Dr. Raffaele Chiulli, President of the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) was unanimously re-elected President of ARISF for another four year term by the Association of IOC Recognised International Sport Federation (ARISF) General Assembly held in Aarhus in Denmark. The Assembly also elected Susanne Schoedel (FAI) Secretary General, Anna Arzhanova (CMAS) Vice-President and Riccardo Fraccari (WBSC), Molly Rhone (INF) and John Lijelund (IFF) as board members. ARISF is the Association of all 37 International Sport Federations recognized by the International Olympic Committee. I am honored and pleased of the confidence and trust that I have received by the 37 International Federations of ARISF which represents a tangible recognition of the hard work jointly carried out for the unity and cooperation with all stakeholders of the sport worldwide, especially the IOC and SportAccord with whom our relations are excellent. I am very…

Powerboat Racing World Magazine

To celebrate the first anniversary of powerboatracingworld.com, I have teamed up with the highly experienced M4 Publishing and Events team of Colin Heath and Jamie Street to create a digital monthly magazine to compliment this web site. Powerboat Racing World Magazine will be available via free subscription and will be hosted on the Issuu platform. The monthly magazine will be a better medium for providing in depth content with behind the scenes stories and extended interviews with the people in the sport. I am looking forward to working with M4PE, their experience in this field and design skills will give the fledgling Powerboat Racing World Magazine a head start in its new market place. Please head over to subscribe for free and enjoy our monthly magazine, we have got some great stuff in Issue #1 – Due out on the 14th of…

Gordon Cook announces 2SeaterF1 venues

Gordon Cook and 2SeaterF1 announced that they have reached agreement with 2 new venues to run their 2 Seater Powerboat Experience days. The first, at Wyboston Lakes Bedford (left) is a perfect fit for the activities carried out there already aimed at the corporate market. Run by Ride Leisure the lakes provide activities such as jet skiing, hovercraft, 4 wheel drive courses and wake boarding.   Cook commented; The 2 Seater F1 Rides are a fantastic addition to the activities already carried out on the 2 x 600M lakes there, this will be a fantastic venue for our Experience Day Sales Partners to market. The second venue is Billing Aquadrome in Northampton, where the crew will carry out a noise test on Good Friday which if successful will see the team staying on for the remainder of the Easter Weekend.…

Jukes does it again, whilst Hathaway dominates 400s

Tremayne Jukes sat on top of the Unlimited Superboat championship points table heading into the first ever event at Keith in South Australia, the Victorian acknowledging that he may not be able to repeat his giant-killing effort from the opening round of the season where he defeated four-time national champion Phonsy Mullan in Temora, but in front of more than 10,000 screaming fans ‘Maniac’ once again claimed the top spot. The event saw Mullan typically dominating the qualifiers before Jukes was able to ‘open-up’ his 1300-horsepower machine in the finals, stopping the clocks in the last rotation a full six tenths faster than Mullan in a time few felt was possible. Jukes’ win was almost overshadowed though by 400-Class rookie Ben Hathaway in ‘Weapon’. The Victorian had set a stunning pace in the opening round at Temora, but lost out…

Solid debut for Outlaw Team Spitwater in front of 10,000 fans

Outlaw Team Spitwater made their public debut in the Australian V8 Superboats over the weekend, in front of more than 10,000 screaming fans as part of the Keith Diesel & Dirt Derby in regional South Australia. The mastermind of local farmer Glen Simpson, the event was developed to provide some growth for the struggling Keith agricultural show and from slow beginnings, the event grew to attract more than 7000 people in 2016, the 2017 event – thanks in part to the Spitwater V8 Superboats – attracting a staggering 10,000 plus people! For Justin Roylance and his team, the event became their first real opportunity to debut their all-new Outlaw Team Spitwater package, which had been developed by two young V8 Superboat talents from JRE Race Engines, and from opening practice the new team showed just how competitive they’d be. “We…

Nigel Hook Announces World Record Attempt

Nigel Hook has announced that this June, his 77 Lucas Oil SilverHook offshore powerboat team and driver, Jay Johnson, will challenge the current endurance world record from Key West to Cuba and that they will also attempt a new, round trip world record. This record, the Lucas Oil Ocean Cup – Key West to Cuba, will be the second Ocean Cup presented by Lucas Oil, the first was established in 2013 as the Lucas Oil Ocean Cup – Golden Gate to Queen Mary. The Lucas Oil Ocean Cup – Key West to Cuba record attempt is scheduled for the week of June 19-23. It will be an internationally approved record sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association (APBA), governed by the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) with race management by Powerboat P1. Another element of this event will be to support…

OCRDA look to the future

From a press release issued by the UK Offshore Circuit Racing Drivers Association (OCRDA) this afternoon. At the recent OCRDA AGM members voted overwhelmingly, for the third time, to race independently. Left with no other viable alternative, having total support of host venues and absolute assurance of cover from Everard Insurance, the committee has taken the decision to action members’ wishes. OCRDA Chairman Bob McCarthy said; After 35 years of RYA affiliation, this decision was taken with a heavy heart and not taken lightly. The OCR season kicks off at the end of April at Torquay with over 40 teams registered as part of The 2017 Aqua Adrenaline Tour alongside Offshore Water Ski Racing and other on water activities, followed by further events at Newhaven, West Bay, Howth and Plymouth. Further Information available at www.ocrda.info or email ocrda@btconnect.com Photo: Tim Tapping

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