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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,…

Edin pips Lundin to UIM F2 pole in Tvedestrand

Sweden’s Erik Edin narrowly pipped reigning UIM F2 World Champion Pierre Lundin to pole in Tvedestrand, Norway today. Rupp Temper will be third on the grid with ‘Comeback King’, Frode Sundsdal ecstatic with starting in fourth place tomorrow after the old friends posted the same times. Sundsdal had missed Round 2 in Campione, unable to get his boat together in time after a coming together with Owen Jelf at the first race of the season. Young British charger Matt Palferyman had to settle for tenth, with no times set in Q3 after Race Director Pelle Larsson adjudged that he had entered the course incorrectly <<Article>> , whilst his team mate Jelf was sixth quickest. Mette Bjerknæs put her brand new Moore hull into Q3 for the first time this season, only for her Mercury to go into ‘safe mode’ on both of the qualifying laps. The UIM F2…

Girl Power Glory at Kingsbury Grand Prix

Last weekend saw 40 British Powerboat Racers head to Kingsbury Water Park for the 3rd round of the 2016 Powerboat GP RYA British Championship. Amongst the competitors was Burntwood’s Tiegen Goodfellow who sensationally battled her way to her first National Championship win on home water! In the Junior GT15 class the battle raged on as reigning champion Thomas Mantripp and championship hopefuls Jonathan Brewer and Harvey Smith went head to head for the Kingsbury Grand Prix title. There was less than a second separating the three in the qualifying session but it was Thomas Mantripp that stole pole and with it the first championship point of the weekend. The plucky youngster doesn’t like to give his lead up without a fight and led the way throughout the weekend to secure three clean wins and secure his second Grand Prix win…

Sunshine, Silver Medal and Splashes at Kingsbury Grand Prix

Jelf Racing headed to Kingsbury Water Park in Warwickshire last for the Powerboat GP Kingsbury Grand Prix. In what was set to be a fantastic weekend of high octane racing confidence in the team was high. In the GT15 class Jonathan Brewer and George Elmore were both focusing on podium finishes for the weekend unfortunately during qualifying neither youngster could get the clean water they wanted and had to settle for a third for Jonathan and fourth for George. But with less than a second separating the top three disappointment for Jonathan soon turned to determination as they headed into the first heat. Thomas got the best start in heat 1 but Jonathan was hot on his wake with Harvey not far behind him. George was pushing hard in 4th place when disaster struck on fourth lap as he got…

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