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Sweden’s Pierre Lundin fends off Matt Palfreyman’s race-long challenge to claim F2 victory

Team Abu Dhabi excelled on its first ever UIM F2 Championship racing challenge at a rain-interrupted UIM F2 Campione d’Italia Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon. With most of the racing schedule put back to Sunday because of heavy rain, Rashed Al-Qamzi and Mohammed Al-Mehairbi were left with a flat-out timetable of racing at the stunning Italian enclave on Lake Lugano. They went on to reach the chequered flag in sixth and 14th positions, with the race victory falling to Sweden’s Pierre Lundin and England’s Matt Palfreyman claiming second position from Sweden’s Erik Edin in a distant third. In overcast and gloomy conditions, Al-Qamzi and Al-Mehairbi lined up for the race start in sixth and 20th positions in Team Abu Dhabi 35 and 36. Pole winner Pierre Lundin of Sweden and Matthew Palfreyman of England made the early running from the…

A busy Sunday in Campione

Bad weather and a lack of medical cover caused delays in Free Practice and ultimately the postponement of Qualifying at yesterday’s UIM F2 Campione d’Italia Grand Prix. Those issues have set up a busy Sunday in Campione, with Free Practice sessions, Qualifying and the Race, all being held today. What little water action there was yesterday, saw Portugal’s Duarte Benavente (above) top the times  in Free Practice Group B ahead of Rupp Temper. Benavente has recently purchased a French Moore hull from Mette Brandt Bjerknæs and said, That was a tough session because the water was really rough. I really like racing in the UIM F2 World Championship, it’s such a great environment to compete in and as long as the F2 calendar doesn’t conflict with the F1H2O one then I will continue racing the entire F2 season. Stefan Hagin (above) was fastest in Free Practice Group B and…

Contrasting fortunes for UIM F2 Lady Racers in Finland

The 2016 UIM F2 World Championship has 2 very quick Lady Drivers competing for honours this year. Bimba Sjöholm from Sweden and Norway’s Mette Brandt Bjerknæs both travelled to Lake Peurunkajarvi in Finland with high hopes of doing well in the first of a seven round Championship. Sjöholm was racing under the new BRM (Boat Race Management) umbrella of Dean Stallard and Steve Kerton, while Bjerknæs arrived in Finland with a brand new David Moore F2 hull. Whilst pre-season testing in Sweden had gone well for Bjerknæs under the watchful eye of team mate and 2015 UIM F2 World Champion Pierre Lundin, the race weekend was far from favourable. The first race of the season didn’t go as planned. We struggled with motor problems all weekend and never made the race. Sjöholm’s weekend didn’t get off to a good start either, a barrel roll…

UIM F2 Grand Prix of Finland – History is made at The Wacky Races

F2 Team Association / Chris Davies There have only ever been a handful of films made about powerboat racing but if Sergio Leone had ever to direct another ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, it might have looked like what happened at the opening round of 2016 UIM F2 World Championship. So lets start with the ‘Good’ and what a story that could make after the youngest ever driver to race in the UIM F2 World Championship wins a Grand Prix at his first attempt. Eighteen year old Alberto Comparato had driven an exceptional race all weekend and had initially finished outside the top three. My father had told me that all he wanted was for me to get the new DAC home in one piece, so you can imagine how he now feels after I was awarded the top spot.…

Hagin hoping his Molgaard can run in light winds during UIM F2 Grand Prix of Finland

F2 Team Association / Chris Davies With the breeze beginning to calm down, the advantage had certainly swung to those drivers who were using Molgaard hulls during qualifying for the UIM F2 Grand Prix of Finland. One of them was the quietly spoken young German driver Stefan Hagin. Over the winter he had gone back to the Molgaard factory, where Christian and his team had reworked the decks and sponsons. We took it to the recent race in Brodenbach in Germany and it ran perfectly. I was actually getting some brilliant starts there, I even out dragged Rupp Temper, who is known for his quick reactions off the dock. He will have the UIM F2 World Champion sat alongside him on the start pontoon for tomorrows race and is not sure what to expect, I really don’t know how Lundin…

Edin edges out Lundin for UIM F2 Pole

F2 Team Association / Chris Davies Twenty days ago we collected the Molgaard from the paint shop. A delighted Erik Edin commented after he took his first ever UIM F2 World Championship pole position here in Peurunka, Finland. I had a short race back home in Sweden, which we used as a shake down test and to be honest I couldn’t believe the speed I was seeing. Last night during the Midnight Speed run he recorded 193Kmph and admitted that he really didn’t have a clue that this brand new hull could be that quick. We are still trying different propellers because we are unsure just how well it will get away from the start pontoon. This boat has really surprised me and I hope to discover a few more of its secrets during tomorrow mornings free practice. Keeping a…

UIM F2 Grand Prix of Finland Qualifying groups

F2 Team Association / Chris Davies This evening twenty four drivers will be trying to qualify for the twenty places available on the start grid for tomorrows UIM F2 Grand Prix of Finland. The UIM and local promoter have drawn out of a hat the names of the twelve drivers for each free practice session and first qualifying group. They are as follows: Group A Pierre Lundin SWE Johan Osterberg SWE Mette Brandt Bjerknes NOR Oskar Samuelsson SWE Bimba Sjoholm SWE Harri Lehti FIN Stefan Hagin GER Roman Vandyshev RUS Uvis Slakteris LAT Daniel Segenmark SWE Frode Sundsdal NOR Alex Carella UAE Group B Owen Jelf GBR Rupp Temper AUT Ola Petterson SWE Matt Palfreyman GBR Sami Selio FIN Konstantin Ustinov RUS Erik Edin SWE Edgaras Riabko LIT Alberto Comparato ITA Nick Bisterfeld GER Tobias Munthe-Kaas NOR Pal Virik Nilsen…

Lundin blitzes F2 Speed Run

Pierre Lundin’s speed of 194km was more than good enough to secure the fastest time on Lake Peurunkajarvi, Finland this evening. Lundin’s closest challengers were Erik Edin and Uvis Slakteris who hit 193km. Allex Carella and Konstantin Ustinov both achieved 191km. The Speed Run was robbed of seeing Lundin’s team mate, Mette Brandt Bjerknæs’ brand new Moore hull making a run when her OptiMax 200XS developed mechanical issues just before.