Britain’s Harvey Smith will make his UIM F4-s debut in Portimao this weekend.
Smith, from Kingsbury in Warwickshire, will be racing his Mercury powered Moore hull for the F1 Atlantic Team.
The 16 year-old started racing after a visit to a round of the 2012 UIM F2 World Championships held at Nottingham and started racing in the GT15 Powerboat GP British Championship in 2013 and won it in 2017.
Considering his young age, Smith already has experience of racing overseas, having competed in Norway, Latvia and Finland at international level.
Smith replaces fellow Brit Sam Whittle in the Portuguese team who has moved up to UIM F2 racing, but he will be in Portugal cheering the new kid on the block on.
2019 UIM F1H2O GRAND PRIX OF PORTUGAL – TIMETABLE (GMT +1)
Friday 17 May
13:00 – 13:20 F4 Free Practice
13:30 – 13:50 F4 Time Trials
Saturday May 18
13:25 – 13:45 F4 Free Practice
13:55 – 14:15 F4 Race – Day 1
15:40 – 16:00 F4 Time Trials
Sunday May 19
14:10 – 14:30 F4 Free Practice
14:40 – 15:00 F4 Race – Day 2
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.