2015 and 2016 UIM F2 World Champion Pierre Lundin heads up an impressive list of 21 competitors that will challenge for the 2016 UIM F2 European Championship this weekend at Stewartby.
Lundin who won the 2016 World Championship at Macon 2 weeks ago, with a race to spare was a surprise inclusion on the list.
Erik Edin also from Sweden has battled with Lundin all through the 2016 season only to have his World Championship hopes wiped out in France recently when Abu Dhabi Team driver Rashed Al Tayer shut the door on him causing him to roll out of contention.
Uvis Slakteris (above) from Latvia who lies third in the World Championship will also make the trip to Britain.
Tobias Munthe-Kaas (above) who has been realising his potential in recent races, will be joined by fellow Norweigan’s Frode Sundsdal and Christian Carlsen.
The European Championship will boast 2 lady drivers, Bimba Sjoholm from Sweden and Germany’s Simone Schuft, Mette Brandt Bjerknæs will be sadly absent from the weekend’s competition.
Edgaras Riabko will be the sole representative for Lithuania. He drove a fine race in Macon recently, a third place gave him a personal best in UIM F2 and the perfect springboard for a Stewartby challenge.
Five boats from the host country have entered.
Newly crowned with the 2016 F2 Powerboat GP British RYA Championship, Paul Balfour, is the British competitor on form going into the weekend.
Britain’s entry also boasts 3 times UIM F2 World Champion, Colin Jelf and his brother Owen (below) who now has his BaBa hull nicely ‘dialed in’ on the World circuit.
Last years UIM F2 Silver medallist, Matt Palfreyman currently sits fifth on the World Championship leader board, his #HeroTrim and bravado driving style should be worth the Stewartby ticket price alone.
Tickets for the event can be purchased from here.
Photos: Fred Emeny
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.