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, he was not to and to leave the course.
After a protest against the decision was lodged by Palfreyman, the Race Jury met and found against him.
An extremely disappointed Matt Palfreyman will start from tenth on the Tvedestrand UIM F2 grid at 18.00 CET tomorrow evening which should be ‘appointment viewing’.
Photo: Kristian J. Vabø Photography
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.