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F1H2o – Grand Prix of Portugal – Portimão

Team Abu Dhabi heads to the scenic Portuguese Algarve region this week, as Alex Carella attempts to continue the momentum he showed with a famous victory at the Grand Prix of France two weekends ago and Thani Al-Qamzi aims to bounce back from a second successive disappointment in the UIM F1 H2O World Championship. The Grand Prix of Portugal takes place on the Arade River in Portimão on Sunday (July 31) and the team out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) has the bit between its teeth after Carella’s sensational victory in Evian catapulted the Italian to the top of the Drivers’ Championship and gave Team Abu Dhabi an eight-point advantage in the Teams’ title race. Carella also leads the UIM Pole Position series by three points from two-time World Champion Philippe Chiappe. The win in France…

The Atlee team dominate the Guernsey RYA National Event

2016 Guernsey Powerboat Association Stanley Gibbons Investment Race series As the majority of UK racers continue their resistance against the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), the national governing body, the Guernsey Powerboat Association (GPA) and its members got on with what they do best and put on another spectacular show of competitive powerboat racing last weekend. Spectators lined the Castle walk and La Vallette viewing areas which engulf Havelet Bay to welcome 18 teams competing in National and Club class racing. Force 2 – 3 winds over the weekend which saw just a low swell out at Lower Heads proved ideal for National class offshore racing. Saturday As the boats entered Havelet Bay for the first time, as expected, the V24 ‘Diablo Racing’ (Dave Corbet / Kerry Le Patourel) stretched out a huge lead on its first appearance this season, powered by…

Chasewater Championship Chase

The 2016 RYA Powerboat GP Championship campaign headed to Chasewater Water Sports Park for the Chasewater Grand Prix last weekend (16/17 July) for the penultimate weekend in the British Championship. Four of the championship classes made the journey to the Staffordshire country park to battle it out for vital points in the championship as scores of spectators looked on. First up were the junior racers who took to the water to battle for pole position the 9-16 year olds battled it out with Jonathan Brewer taking Pole position. As the lights went out for the first heat all eyes were on the first turn mark to see who would make it first round the turn. As the spray settled it was championship leader Thomas Mantripp who had started from the back of the grid that led the way. Brewer followed…

Mixed fortunes for the Jelf Team at Chasewater

Jelf Racing headed to Staffordshire’s Chasewater Sports Centre last weekend for the Powerboat GP Chasewater Grand Prix, where Ben Jelf made a return to the top spot of the podium but Colin Jelf suffered engine gremlins that cost him vital championship points. First in action for the team was junior racers Jonathan Brewer and George Elmore in the junior GT15 class. The junior racers took to the water to battle for pole position and as the results came in Jonathan had secured pole with George in 4th. As the lights went out for the first heat all eyes were on the first turn mark to see who would make it first round the turn. As the spray settled it was championship leader Thomas Mantripp who had started from the back of the grid that led the way. Brewer followed in…

A good fleet and the sun turns out for OCRDA’s West Bay weekend

Bob McCarthy’s second OCRDA event of the season was held at West Bay, Dorset last weekend. As in Round One at Torquay, a healthy fleet of boats was garnered by the organisers and with the addition of a rare British summer commodity, warm sunshine, it all added to a well received event. Overall Results OCR 1 1st – #V13 – Brian Peedell and Andy Yeo OCR 2 1st – # 3 – Who Dares Swims – Graham Lawton and Darren Douthwaite 2nd – # 9 – If Only – Bob McCarthy and James Goldsmith 3rd – #19 – Jeremy Gibson and Elliot Underwood OCR 3 1st – #15 – Bluebell – Mark Mawby and Matt Woodward 2nd – Racing Green – Richard Mason and Phil Hancock 3rd – Minions – Neal Ives and Kelly Waller All photos: Mike Powell  

Carella takes UIM F1H2o Grand Prix of France win

Team Abu Dhabi’s Alex Carella delivered another sensational performance to claim a 12th career victory and a vital UIM F1 H20 World Championship success at the 20th Grand Prix of France on Evian’s Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) on Sunday afternoon. The Italian led from the start and managed to fend off a fierce challenge from Victory Team’s Shaun Torrente until lap 10, when the American hit the front. The Victory Team driver clouted a turn buoy soon afterwards and was forced to run a drive through penalty lap after the turn buoys had been secured. Carella duly regained the lead and Torrente regrouped to reach the chequered flag in third after passing Erik Stark with 11 laps to run. Carella’s victory by the margin of 11.72 seconds gives him an 11-point lead in the Drivers’ Championship after two rounds and…

Waves, strong winds and unsafe water conditions postpone F1 H2O Evian Qualifying

Team Abu Dhabi’s Alex Carella and Thani Al-Qamzi will have to wait until Sunday morning to get their challenge for honours underway in this year’s Grand Prix of France, the second round of the UIM F1 H2O World Championship, on Evian’s Lac Leman. Large waves strong winds and unsafe water conditions meant that Saturday morning’s practice session was shortened and then stopped and the decision was then taken to postpone the all-important BRM Qualifying session until Sunday. Victory Team’s Shaun Torrente scrambled just five laps around the 2.08km course to record the fastest lap of 1min 06.44sec before the session was stopped. No way today, the wave was too long, it was very hard to keep the boat straight. It looked flat, but there were big holes everywhere. It’s like roulette every lap and not possible to race. Said Team…

Jelf Racing set to jostle for Chasewater Crown

The Kent based Powerboat Racing Team this weekend (16/17 July) head back to Staffordshire for the Powerboat GP Chasewater Grand Prix. This weekend is the penultimate championship round for three of the classes the team compete in, so there is vital campaign points up for grabs as well as the Chasewater Grand Prix Crowns. First back in action will be the Jelf junior racers of George Elmore and Jonathan Brewer in the GT15 class. George will be looking to make up for a poor round at Kingsbury which saw him take an early bath in the Saturday’s heat. Back racing on the Sunday George put in two strong performances which he’ll be looking to improve up on this weekend. Jonathan will be searching for clean water during qualifying in a bid to steal pole position from rival Thomas Mantripp and…

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