Aussie racer Grant Trask has had a tough 2017 season in the premier powerboat racing class.
Trask joined Duarte Benavente’s F1 Atlantic team in late March of this year and his spirits were high.
After impressing with a 7th place in Portugal during the first round of the UIM F1H2o World Championship the young competitor looked forward to a great season.
Unfortunately after qualifying 5th in France, Trask’s luck changed.
Maintaining his fifth position on lap 11 he misread a rough patch of water on the course and crashed out of the race.
His Grand Prix of Harbin was beset by mechanical issues. Having to start from 18th, he clawed his way up to 12th.
During the Grand Prix of Liuzhou morning practice session, a piston blew on Trask’s race engine, worse still, a change of power heads dictates starting from the back of the grid.
Once again Trask was faced with a battle through the field and finished in 13th place.
The ‘Wonder from Down Under’ is now ready for the Grand Prix of Sharjah on Friday after finishing tenth in Abu Dhabi last week.
He summed up 2017:
It’s been a frustrating and very expensive season.
We obviously have a long way to travel from the Gold Coast to the races and we would have liked to have seen some better results to justify those air miles.
The team and I are really focussed on this weekend, we want to have something to celebrate this summer!