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Sweden’s Pierre Lundin fends off Matt Palfreyman’s race-long challenge to claim F2 victory

Team Abu Dhabi excelled on its first ever UIM F2 Championship racing challenge at a rain-interrupted UIM F2 Campione d’Italia Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon. With most of the racing schedule put back to Sunday because of heavy rain, Rashed Al-Qamzi and Mohammed Al-Mehairbi were left with a flat-out timetable of racing at the stunning Italian enclave on Lake Lugano. They went on to reach the chequered flag in sixth and 14th positions, with the race victory falling to Sweden’s Pierre Lundin and England’s Matt Palfreyman claiming second position from Sweden’s Erik Edin in a distant third. In overcast and gloomy conditions, Al-Qamzi and Al-Mehairbi lined up for the race start in sixth and 20th positions in Team Abu Dhabi 35 and 36. Pole winner Pierre Lundin of Sweden and Matthew Palfreyman of England made the early running from the…

A busy Sunday in Campione

Bad weather and a lack of medical cover caused delays in Free Practice and ultimately the postponement of Qualifying at yesterday’s UIM F2 Campione d’Italia Grand Prix. Those issues have set up a busy Sunday in Campione, with Free Practice sessions, Qualifying and the Race, all being held today. What little water action there was yesterday, saw Portugal’s Duarte Benavente (above) top the times  in Free Practice Group B ahead of Rupp Temper. Benavente has recently purchased a French Moore hull from Mette Brandt Bjerknæs and said, That was a tough session because the water was really rough. I really like racing in the UIM F2 World Championship, it’s such a great environment to compete in and as long as the F2 calendar doesn’t conflict with the F1H2O one then I will continue racing the entire F2 season. Stefan Hagin (above) was fastest in Free Practice Group B and…

Al-Mehairbi and Rashed Al-Qamzi will drive in F2 for Team Abu Dhabi at Campione

Making a welcome change from its recent successes in the UIM XCAT World Series and the UIM F1 H2O World Championship, Team Abu Dhabi is about to embark on another power boating challenge by entering two race boats in the UIM F2 Italian Grand Prix at Campione d’Italia this weekend. The second round of the prestigious UIM F2 World Championship is centred around the beautiful Italian municipality of Campione d’Italia and the team from the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) has confirmed that Mohammed Al-Mehairbi and Rashed Al-Qamzi will drive Team Abu Dhabi boats 36 and 35, the two race hulls that were used at the 24 Hours of Rouen in the spring. Team Abu Dhabi personnel arrived in Italy yesterday to begin their preparations for the racing on Saturday and Sunday, where they face fierce competition from…

Guernsey is set for Rounds 3 and 4

At Tuesday evening’s signing on, 14 raceboats entered for this weekend’s Stanley Gibbons Investment 2016 race series with both Saturday and Sunday’s races taking place over the exciting North Beach course. Paul Etasse and Chris Stonebridge in the all new Slayer rig will be praying for calm seas throughout the weekend not only to put in a good performance, but to ensure no damage is sustained ahead of their departure next Monday to Norway where they will represent the Island at the UIM World 3A Powerboat Championships. Hoping to put pressure on Slayer will be ‘The Governor’ , the fluorescent yellow ‘Dirty Deeds’ and Scott Walker from Jersey in his 18 foot Phantom. The growing Z150 class will see four entries this time out with Sark’s Patrick Dewe hoping to take more points in ‘Dewpacabra’ although Bill Gladstone and Ryan Woodhouse…

Updated results from P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea

Updated results for last weekend’s inaugural P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea have been published after race officials were able to review race footage and reverse a decision taken immediately following the event. During the final race of the weekend race officials determined that boats #926 (Experience Kissimmee) and #69 (Spirit of Inverclyde) had made contact. Racing rules dictate the sport is ‘non-contact’ with the resulting penalty that both boats be disqualified from the final heat of the day on Sunday. With the points deducted the final podium for the weekend had Pertemps Network in first place, Quantum Racing in second and boat E Marine Racing in third place. However, once race officials had the opportunity to review the race footage it was agreed there was no contact between the boats and a decision has been made to reinstate…

Pertemps Network head P1 Superstock UK standings after Greenock triumph

A wet Sunday along the Greenock Esplanade couldn’t put a dampener on spirits as the first ever P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea came to a close yesterday afternoon. In huge contrast to Saturday’s sunshine, the heavens opened and the mist descended to cause disruption to the racing schedule and as a result only one P1 SuperStock UK race was completed and the AquaX Enduro action was reduced in time. Reduced visibility caused one race to be scrapped from the SuperStock schedule whilst the first race of the day was stopped early because of a red flag, leaving just the one race to be completed. This left Pertemps needing a finish to take the weekend spoils and the brother and sister crew of Sam and Daisy Coleman duly obliged with a race win ahead of Quantum Racing and home…

Gräddö Swedish Offshore Opener

The first Offshore race of the Swedish season took place last weekend in Gräddö, (north of Stockholm). The weather forecast predicted strong winds with heavy rain. Unfortunately, the forecast was correct. Over 40 boats entered into the various classes, 3B and V-150 being the most popular. The racing course was varied, racing around Islands and shallow water, with not all getting it right! In Class 3B, Fredrik Groth Fyrö and Hanna Thorén took a ‘massive’ win over ‘the best of the best’, Thomas and Annika Wrenkler in their Twister Cat by just over a minute. Anton Modin, a ‘Rookie Racer’, ‘dialed in’ his Tintorera 20 through the course. He won the 3A class over more experienced racers and is a name to remember for the forthcoming World Championship in Tvedestrand, Norway next month. In the V-150 class Peter ‘Foppa’ Forsberg…

The ‘First Lady’ of Offshore Racing celebrates her 90th birthday

Lady Violet Aitken celebrated her 90th birthday with friends and family near her home at Lambourn, West Berkshire on Saturday. Lady Aitken (or Vi as she is affectionately known), is the biggest fan, supporter and competitor of Offshore Powerboat Racing that I have ever met. When her husband Sir Max Aitken, organised the first Cowes to Torquay race in 1961, the young ‘Lady’ was already a fan of high speed boat competition having viewed the 1956 Miami-Nassau powerboat race. For 3 decades after the start of  ‘Offshore Racing’ in Europe, Lady Aitken had raced various boats, anything from a revolutionary Sonny Levi Class 3 catamaran (main photo) to a Fairey cabin cruiser. In one of her last Offshore races in 1988, Vi raced with her daughter Laura in a Steve Baker designed, Mercury outboard powered Phantom 28′. Punishing seas in a force 6 gale…

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