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Turning Dreams into Reality – Tønsberg Båtrace

Article and Photo – Chris Davies It’s fair to say that when you walk around the UIM F2 race paddock you soon start rubbing shoulders with some of powerboat racing most single minded, determined racers, after all without that competitive nature is hard to see how you would ever succeed. So how do you take it a step further? Well one driver who thinks he’s found the answer is Frode…

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UIM F1H2o and F2 – Armchair fan’s will have a treat with live streaming

Just when you thought it had gone quiet on the UIM International circuit racing front, F1h2o and F2 will be back in action on the same weekend, although at different venues. The F1H2o circus moves to southern Europe for the Grand Prix of Portugal in Porto, whilst Round Two of the UIM F2 World Championship will be held in Tønsberg, Norway. Both of the races will be streamed live on…

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Drivers will miss the Cowes Poole Cowes race

Two UK teams took part in a race in France after obtaining a 72 hour event licence. There were no UK races to participate in, instead of sitting at home looking at the £20,000 investments, they decided to go where the action was and race against twenty plus rivals. When they returned to the UK they applied for RYA licences but were told that as they held French licences, they…

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Thani Al Qamzi returns to Team Abu Dhabi

Thani Al Qamzi was fairly upset when new Team Manager Guido Cappellini took over the running of the F1 Team Abu Dhabi and broke up his long and successful driver pairing with Ahmed Al Hameli. The Abu Dhabi line-up became all Italian – Qatar’s redundant pilot and three time world champion Alex Carella, took over Al Hameli’s seat and David Del Pin replaced Al Qamzi. Al Hameli was quickly snapped…

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Prime Suspect Master-class – Guernsey

Guernsey Powerboat Association – Stanley Gibbons Investment 2015 Race Series – Race 7 and 8 Article: Colin Clarke Photography: Martin Gray / www.guernseysportphotography.com Race 7 The penultimate race weekend of the Stanley Gibbons Investment 2015 Race Series got underway on Saturday 18th July in beautiful sunshine with sea conditions not unlike those one would expect in Scandinavia’s sheltered waters. The only swell experienced around the course was that from numerous pleasure…

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Pinelli and Bubacco win UIM European Class 3D Championship

Crotone in Italy was the host for the UIM European Class 3D Championships. Francois Pinelli from France and Saul Bubacco from Italy, driving their Mercury powered catamaran Bimba – CRB Offshore, dominated both of the races held on Saturday and Sunday of this weekend. The runners up overall, father and son team Avril and Guillaume Laurent, from France, had to settle for two second places in MissCat – Team Silver…

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Strong winds at Smögen – Swedish Offshore Championship

The 25th anniversary of the Sedish Smögen Offshore Race, will certainly be one to remember for Fredrik Ylikoski and Niklas Rundström, who had a crash out whilst leading the Saturday race. The pair driving an inboard powered Cougar, won the the National race the day before, (Friday) after taking a couple of overall race wins a few weeks back at Oskarshamn. Saturday’s racing saw the worse conditions that the race…

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Round Two of the UIM World F2 Series cancelled

Despite the first round of the championship in Brindizi being a resounding success, that’s no guarantee the next one will be successful. It certainly appears to be the story of round two of the series in Italy which looks like being cancelled. That means round three now becomes round two but we are quite sure it will go ahead as its a Frode Sundsdal promotion. Norway’s Tønsberg Båtrace will play…

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Powerboat Photography Exhibition

Chris Davies ARPS, has been photographing powerboat racing for almost three decades. For many years he was the official photographer for the UIM World F1 Series and his images have been seen around the world. This year Chris has decided to join the ranks of semi-retired and to mark the occasion he is staging an exhibition of his work at Upton Country House on the outskirts of Poole. Running from…

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