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ADIMSC gear up for frenetic month

The Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) is gearing up for one of the busiest and most important months of thrilling offshore and F1 H2O racing action in its history. The ADIMSC will host three vital Grand Prix race meetings in three different UIM-sanctioned racing championships in the space of four frenetic weeks, starting with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the final round of the 2016 UIM XCAT World Series, on November 17-18. There will be no respite, after some of the world’s finest offshore racers have battled it out for supremacy off the Abu Dhabi Breakwater and Corniche, as the club will then switch its attentions to hosting the four-day UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship, one of the sport’s most prestigious racing series’, from November 22-25. The thrilling spectacle of offshore powerboat racing will then be replaced…

Coniston Records Week – Final Day

It was a fairly quiet end to another successful Coniston Records Week. Bob McCarthy increased his Club Class 2 record to 85.68 mph, while Tom Montgomery-Swan raised his Club Class Unlimited speed to 93.01 mph. Montgomery-Swan never slow in finding new publicity angles, unceremoniously stood down his co-driver Michał Galczewski from Poland and recruited Matt Palfreyman. Palfreyman, the 2016 UIM F2 European Silver Medalist couldn’t help his temporary team mate improve SUNUS Ocean Racing’s speed and commented afterwards; ‘It were bloody good that, I’ve decided to race in the Cowes Torquay Cowes next year and beat Tom and Michał’! If the Records set were impressive, the camaraderie between Circuit and Offshore racers was more so. The Event in its 46th year has lost none of its charm and mystique. SUNUS crew photo: Mike Van Huyssteen    

Powertech Marine’s Pit Plus is aiming to aid the sport

Keith Whittle the Managing Director of Powertech Marine has been racing since 1977. He holds the UIM F2 World Speed Record at 132 mph and has won many championships as a driver and engineer. Recently he recruited John Donnelly to work with him at Powertech, Donnelly’s racing experience has been in the Honda Series and a very successful stint in Powerboat P1. His company based in Hayling Island have decided to form ‘Pit Plus’, an initiative that is looking to help ‘would be’ racers enter the various disciplines of powerboat racing. Although ‘Pit Plus’ will not be concentrating on Circuit Racing exclusively, Powertech Marine’s manager, John Donnelly told me this morning; We have 4 x GT 15 / 30 boats to use for potential competitors to try out. The aim then is that if they like it, we will take them through the hoops and over the…

Coniston Records Week – Day 4

Offshore boats were at the center of attention today at Coniston. The ongoing battle between SUNUS Ocean Racing and Blastoff took another turn, Dorian Griffith upped the World and National Marathon C Class record to 88.47 mph. Griffith, pleased with his weeks work said after; That’s the best we can get, I’m going to travel home this afternoon very pleased. Tom Montgomery-Swan then replied as Griffith was heading down the M6 with a 89.21 to take back the National record. The boat was great, I have now removed 125 kg from it to try and go even faster tomorrow, I may even shave my beard off tonight. It’s going to be ‘appointment viewing’! The 3 Class 3A boats, all Phantom 19 g hulls were busy, none more so than Jack Bobin. The builder from Essex put down an average speed of 74.01…

Trask’s F1h2o Return

Grant Trask will be driving for the EMIC Racing Team in a DAC hull at the F1h20 races of Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. The Aussie circuit racer will be bringing his sponsors, Monster Homes AUS and the Trask Development Corporation to the team. Trask comes from a family of racers. His father and uncle, Bob and Dave have also both raced in international Formula 1. Trask has raced in UIM F1h20 before, however, increasing work commitments took precedence until now.

Barrus backed BaBa

Matt Palfreyman has been running a Mariner branded engine on a Dragon hull at Coniston this week and followers of the sport have questioning why? EP Barrus have today announced that they will be backing the rapid northerner’s UIM F2 World Championship challenge next year. As of next year, Palfreyman’s BaBa hull will be branded in a new colour scheme including EP Barrus’ support after the UK engine distributor were approached by John Kendrick’s #Pepstar racing team. The six Event UIM F2 World Championship kicks of next June in Lithuania and will include the very popular Tonsberg Batrace in August. Lee Allen the Barrus Technical Service Manager, who is a former circuit racer, said today; We are extremely pleased to be supporting Britain’s most exciting powerboat racing driver, we see amazing potential in the young racer. Our aim is see to Brits…

Coniston Records – At a glance

Day 1 British F4 Record – Ben Jelf – 77.54mph World & Latvian JT250 Record – Endija Zaumane – 49.78mph World & British Runabout 1200 Modified Record Established – Darren Leeper – 69.62mph British Offshore Clubman 2 Record – Bob McCarthy – 67.60mph British Amphibious Experiment Record. – Rob Clemas – 39.08mph World & British O1000 Record – Ben Jelf – 79.24mph British Offshore Clubman 2 Record – Bob McCarthy – 69.38mph British Clubman Class 1 Record Established – Hugh Donnelly – 74.98mph World & British S1000 Record. – Ben Jelf – 76.80mph World & Latvian T250 Record – Endija Zaumane – 46.95mph British GT60 Record Established -Ben Morse – 50.95mph British National Clubman 1000 Cat Record – Ben Jelf – 77.90mph British Club Racing Unlimited Record Established – Tom Montgomery-Swan – 83.11mph Day 2 World & British PR3000 Record…

Coniston Records Week – Day 3

Tom Williams-Hawkes, the chef from Topsham in Devon set a new P750 Modified World Record at 71.37 mph. The ThunderCat racer with co-driver Ben Backhouse who normally excels in Endurance type races added top speed to his CV on the lake today. ‘We did plenty of damage to the engine during attempts on Monday and Tuesday and even had to have spare parts couriered to the Lake’. ‘They arrived just in time today for us to make the record breaking run’. Williams-Hawkes didn’t have time to celebrate, he had to return to his Topsham kitchen at The Salutation Inn.   Matt Palfreyman returned to the lake today after attending a business meeting in Ireland yesterday. He is aiming at the UIM F2 World Record of 132 mph, however his best so far is 120. I can’t get the hull to ‘release’.…

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