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ThunderCat Racing at Clevedon Pier

Rounds 9 and 10 of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Championship were held at Clevedon in Somerset last weekend. The town of Clevedon was a new venue on the ThunderCat calendar and it certainly delivered; exciting racing with large enthusiastic crowds there to watch the racing action. The racing comprised of four 30 minute ‘Enduro’ races which were held over the weekend. Round 9 The two races held on the Saturday counted for Round 9 of the Championship. Microlink / Ahmad Tea crewed by the Welsh Duo of Rob Davies and Darren Phillips took the overall round win with a first and second place. The 2016 Championship leaders have really mastered the ‘Enduro’ discipline, having dominated earlier in the season at Liverpool. The other podium positions were taken by both of the Multispark Racing teams. Bligh Julius and Charlie Hatfield took a race win and…

Slakteris grabs Lithuanian UIM F2 win

The first ever UIM F2 World Championship Grand Prix to take place in Lithuania kept everyone guessing right up to the final lap as to who would eventually take the top prize. Just moments into the race Pierre Lundin crashed out at the top of course. I was so late away from the start pontoon that as we reached the demarcation buoy I was down in fourth place. So I knew I had to take a chance to make up some lost ground. The Swede went tight into the following turn but hit the rooster spray from his title rival Erik Edin and over he went. I thought I would take a chance but it didn’t work this time. As the field set off once again it was Edin who hit the front once more and looked totally at ease…

Team Abu Dhabi’s Al-Qamzi and Al-Mehairbi take top 10 UIM F2 places

Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Qamzi and Mohammed Al-Mehairbi continued their crucial summer of learning all about top level European power boating events by finishing in an impressive ninth and 10th overall in a pulsating UIM F2 Lithuanian Grand Prix on Lake Zaraso on Sunday. Competing against some of the leading racers in the world to gain as much experience and boat time as possible, the pair settled in quickly to the rigours of the demanding weather and tricky water conditions to take another major step towards a first ever podium finish in the F2 racing discipline. Scandinavian drivers dominated the delayed qualifying session on Saturday evening and pole sitter Erik Edin displayed his class with a dominant performance in the yellow-flag interrupted race on Sunday afternoon. The Swede led until the closing stages before ceding the lead near the end…

Edin’s Lithuanian UIM F2 Pole

Just another pole position, no I love it, I’m really satisfied. A delighted Erik Edin said after he secured that all important number one spot on the start pontoon for Sunday’s Lithuanian F2 Grand Prix. The qualifying session was due to take place at 13:45 but due to strong gusts of wind the race officials decided on the grounds of safety to postpone it till 18:00 when they knew that the conditions would be more favourable. Edin, who had been quickest in the mornings ‘Free Practice’ session, soon got to grips with the choppy conditions. Normally a Molgaard works really well in smoother conditions, so when it got a little challenging out there I found a way of managing the situation. So much so that in Q2 he was over a second quicker than his World Championship title rival Pierre…

Hutton and Thornton take top honours at Cabarita

Round #4 2016 Australian V8 Superboat Championships Tweed Valley Jet Sprint Club, Cabarita Beach, NSW (6-7 August, 2016) The opening leg of the second half of the 2016 Australian V8 Superboats Championships at Cabarita Beach delivered not just the best field in recent years, but plenty of intrigue after a rare mechanical failure by runaway series points leader Phonsy Mullan opened the door for a first-time winner in the Unlimited Superboat class this season, the first time that opportunity had presented itself in two years! The teams really didn’t need any extra incentive as the battle at the top of both the outright Unlimited class and the hotly contested 400 Class saw boats pushed to the absolute limit with the big Cabarita crowd on their feet for much of the weekend as drivers pushed to the edge and beyond. In…

Oban Duncan assists the Lanka Powerboat Association with their inaugural training programme

The Lanka Powerboat Association (LPA) completed a three-day ThunderCat training course for youngsters at the Diyawanna Lake last week. The training course, was aimed at imparting the know-how of powerboating to Sri Lankan youngsters between the ages of 9 and 16. Manik Gunawardana of the LPA explained; We have selected children from schools around Colombo for this exciting, comprehensive training programme. We are hoping to extend this opportunity to more children throughout the country in due course. We have been successful in inviting a Junior Powerboat champion, Oban Duncan to promote this event in Sri Lanka. Oban is the youngest champion at her level and she participated in the UIM Propstars training programme here. 10-year-old Oban Duncan from Scotland who was nominated for the 2015 Dumbartonshire Sports Personality of the Year and for the 2015 RYA Scotland Junior Sports Personality…

UIM F2 Championship heads to Zarasai in north eastern Lithuania for round five action

Rashed Al-Qamzi and Mohammed Al-Mehairbi will represent Team Abu Dhabi at the next round of the UIM F2 Championship at the city of Zarasai, in northeastern Lithuania ,this weekend (August 26-28). Al-Qamzi and Al-Mehairbi will line-up with Team Abu Dhabi’s 35 and 36 boats to take part in the racing. The fifth round of the prestigious F2 world series comes just three weeks after the team was in action at Tønsberg in Norway, where Al-Qamzi claimed ninth position. The team operating out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) has been enjoying a hectic few months of racing action at various European venues and has already tasted success from participating in UIM F1 H20, F2 and Endurance races in France, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Norway and Poland before embarking upon this exciting Lithuanian challenge for the first time. Salem…

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