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Who will be the UIM F2 Tønsberg pole-sitter?

When the largest field of Formula 2 drivers seen this year head out for qualifying, at the Tonsberg round of the UIM F2 World Championship, they should all cast their minds back to last year’s event and remember that the race form ‘guide book’ shouldn’t always be relied upon when looking for a likely candidate for the pole position spot. Taking nothing away from his outstanding lap around the tight, tricky course, Stefan Hagin’s name would probably not have been at the top of many people’s list for that number one spot in Tonsberg, especially against the all conquering, vastly experienced Swede Pierre Lundin, who had been making a habit of posting quick laps when he needed to. So can Hagin recreate that moment of magic? If you look back to the first time he drove his brand new Molgaard…

Cowes Classic 2016 has 31 Entrants

The British Powerboat Racing Club (BPRC) closed the doors on entries at midnight yesterday into the Cowes Classic 2016. Last weekend’s ‘deadline’ saw a flurry of activity as last minute entrants filled out entry forms and parted with cash. Vector Martini Racing, the winner of the last two Cowes Torquay Cowes races entered their 42′ Mercury powered Ocke Mannerfelt designed hull last Saturday. The team are looking for a Hat-Trick of wins, although driver Peter Dredge was pragmatic, First we must finish the race. The UIM Marathon Class A fleet that Dredge will be racing against will be very competitive, although there was disappointment that Mikko Oikari didn’t enter his quadruple FPT powered Outerlimits boat. The problem is the canopy. Dean Gibbs had built the boat to UIM 2010 regulations that classified the boat as ‘open’ without the hatches mounted.…

2016 Class 1 World Championship – UIM Update

On Saturday, 30th of July <Link> I published an article under the headline of, ‘2016 UIM Class 1 World Championship to be held in Chioggia, Italy‘. The source of this information came from nautica.it as was indicated in the post. The UIM have very kindly contacted me today and refuted this with a statement; As regards the UIM Class 1/V1 World Championship calendar, and following the withdrawal of the organizers of the UIM Class 1/V-1 World Championship in mid-September in Malta, the UIM informs that alternative options to organize this event are currently under evaluation. The city of Chioggia, where the UIM Offshore 3D World Championship will take place on 16 -18 September is one of the various options the UIM is considering. The UIM will not take any related decision before August 8th. Any communication indicating that the UIM…

Kalle Viippo class of the F4-S field

UIM F4-S – Race 4 – Portimão, Portugal Rashed Al-Qamzi started the day five-points clear of Ferdinand Zandbergen in the championship standings and he (53.81sec) and Kalle Viippo (53.15sec) were the class of the field in the opening minutes of qualifying, although Al-Mehairbi (53.97sec) moved up to third of the 10 drivers with five minute remaining. Viippo maintained his advantage into the race and headed Al-Qamzi by 5.44 seconds through lap four, as Al-Mehairbi slipped to the foot of the leader board with mechanical issues and Zandbergen moved up to third. The leading trio held station at the halfway point, with Viippo leading Al-Qamzi by 8.74 seconds and the Emirati running well clear of the pursuing Dutchman. The flying Finn retained his composure to claim the win and Al-Qamzi consolidated his series lead with second place after 20 laps. Zandbergen slipped…

Chiappe’s back on top in Portimão

F1H2o Grand Prix of Portugal, Portimão Team Abu Dhabi’s Alex Carella maintained his UIM F1 H2O World Championship lead by finishing fifth overall in Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portugal on the Arade River in Portimão. Carella was deprived of his 13th career win by a flying double World Champion, Philippe Chiappe, who hit the front at one-third distance and began to pull away from the Italian. Carella eventually finished fifth behind the Frenchman, double World Champion Sami Selio, Shaun Torrente and Team Sweden’s Jonas Andersson after a niggling technical issue cost him valuable time Team Abu Dhabi’s Thani Al-Qamzi reached the finish in seventh position after passing Erik Stark midway through the race, only to be passed again by the Swede in the closing minutes. The result means that the CTIC China Team moves one point ahead of Team Abu Dhabi…

Selio takes F1H2o Portugal Pole

UIM F1H2o BRM Qualifying on the Arade River was rescheduled for Sunday morning in place of free practice and was split into two sessions for the second time in three weeks. Race officials arranged to run Q1 over 20 minutes to eliminate seven of the 19 boats and, after a 10-minute break, Q2 ran for 30 minutes to determine the top six for pole position points. Weather conditions were more favourable on the 1.937km course on Sunday and Chiappe made his intentions clear from the outset with an opening lap of 43.67 seconds in clear water conditions. That was sufficient to put the Frenchman into Q2. Carella and Al-Qamzi slotted into seventh and ninth places and survived the cut to progress to Q2. Mike Szymura, Jesper Forss, Christophe Larigot, Cédric Deguisne, Nadir Bin Hendi and Filip Roms were eliminated, but…

2016 UIM Class 1 World Championship to be held in Chioggia, Italy

The Union Internationale Motonautique, (UIM) have awarded the Italian town Chioggia the 2016 UIM Class 1 World Championship, this will also include the V1 Championship for mono hulls reports nautica.it To be held on September 16th – 18th, with free practice and qualifying on the Friday and 4 races to run over the Saturday and Sunday. Marino Masiero, President of Chioggi Tourism said, For Chioggia to have been awarded the 2016 UIM Class 1 World Championship was a goal that we honestly did not expect to achieve in spite of great energy employed. Now we have to live up to the expectations of thousands of international guests, the scrutiny of global television and newspapers, who will be present for the 5 day event. Over the weekend we expect a full house in hotels and campsites. It will be a great way to…

Strong winds and adverse tides forces UIM F1 H2o BRM Qualifying to be postponed until Sunday

Strong southerly winds and an outgoing tide made conditions too dangerous for UIM F1 H2o BRM qualifying in Portimão today. H2O Race officials made the decision to postpone the session until tomorrow morning for the second time in the space of three weeks. UIM safely commissioner Luis Ribeiro said, The conditions were getting worse with the wind and the effect of the flow of the river. This form of racing is a dangerous sport and safety in always of paramount importance. This was the obvious decision to take, because the forecast was not good and we were already running later than scheduled. Teams were permitted free practice on Saturday morning. Erik Stark of the Emirates Racing Team had been quickest in the practice session with a best lap of 44.58sec.

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