F1H2o media officer Nigel Quilter has reported this afternoon that Finland’s Kalle Viippo will be joining Team Sweden this season.
Team principal and last year’s world championship runner-up Jonas Andersson told Quilter:
I am very pleased that Kalle will join the team and to be able give him the opportunity to race in the world’s top championship.
He has worked his way up through the junior ranks at many levels and he raced for Team Sweden in F4-S in 2016 with some very good results.
It is a big move for anyone coming into this championship and this year will be all about gaining experience and everyone at the team will do all we can to help him.
Viippo made his racing debut in 2006 aged eight in the S15 class, winning the Finnish Championship in 2009 and 2010 then moving up into F4 in 2012 with two stints in the UIM F1H2O F4-S feeder series in 2016 winning twice and finishing on the podium six times and in 2017.
The Finn has enjoyed considerable success in the F4 ranks, finishing in third in the UIM World Championship in 2016 and 2017 and winning the Finnish, Nordic, Baltic and Estonian Championships.
Last year he competed in two rounds in the F2 World Championship finishing eighth overall.
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.