Erik Stark was fastest in the F1H2o Grand Prix of Portugal Extra Free Practice with a 43.10 second lap which compared to Shaun Torrente’s 2018 Pole Setting lap time of 41.68.
Stark told F1H2o’s Nigel Quilter after the session:
Everything feels very good and it was nice to have a session and go through everything that you planned.
We have something left.
We went a little safe today and will make some adjustments.
Today was really all about getting as many laps in as we could and for sure tomorrow we will find more.
2018 UIM F1H2o World Champion Torrente was satisfied:
We ran some really safe laps, I was very happy with the boat and we fight tomorrow.
There was no point for us to run a Grand Prix today!
Philippe Chiappe jumped up into third place in the closing stages with a 43.69s lap time and commented after:
We are very happy with the first session.
It wasn’t easy because it was very windy.
This was the first opportunity to compare to where we are with the others so we feel in a good position and see how qualifying goes.
Photos: Mike Powell
2019 UIM F1H2o Grand Prix of Portugal - Extra Free Practice
|Driver||#||Team||Hull / Engine||Time|
|Erik Stark||74||Maverick Racing||DAC / Mercury||43:01|
|Shaun Torrente||1||Team Abu Dhabi||DAC / Mercury||43.66|
|Philippe Chiappe||7||CTIC F1 Shenzhen China||Moore / Mercury||43.69|
|Alex Carella||44||Victory Team||Victory / Mercury||43.77|
|Marit Strømøy||50||Emirates Racing||BaBa / Mercury||44.38|
|Sami Seliö||11||Sharjah Team||BaBa / Mercury||44.53|
|Peter Morin||8||CTIC F1 Shenzhen China||Moore / Mercury||44.59|
|Francesco Cantando||37||Blaze Performance||Blaze / Mercury||44.77|
|Thani Al Qemzi||2||Team Abu Dhabi||DAC / Mercury||44.99|
|Ahmed Al Hameli||3||Victory Team||Victory / Mercury||45.27|
|Bartek Marszalek||77||Emirates Racing||DAC / Mercury||45.75|
|Cédric Deguisne||73||Maverick Racing||Moore / Mercury||45.77|
|Duarte Benavente||10||F1 Atlantic Team||Moore / Mercury||45.90|
|Filip Roms||12||Sharjah Team||BaBa / Mercury||46.06|
|Alberto Comparato||9||F1 Atlantic Team||DAC / Mercury||46.25|
|Greg Foster||36||Blaze Performance||Blaze / Mercury||46.74|
|Erik Edin||15||Team Amaravati||DAC / Mercury||47.64|
|Beranger Robart||70||Maverick Racing||Moore / Mercury||49.35|
|Jonas Andersson||14||Team Amaravati||DAC / Mercury||1.20.72|
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.