Article by powerboatracingworld.com.
At the final UIM F2 World Championship in Portugal recently, Austrian Rupp Temper took second place and those points were enough to give him the 2016 Bronze Medal.
However, during post race scruitineering, ‘a non standard electrical connection to the engine’ caused his disqualification.
As the sunset over the Grand Prix of Portugal podium, a champagne soaked Pierre Lundin felt he could now finally relax after a job well done. “A perfect end to a not so perfect season” said the 2016 UIM F2 World Champion.
Just hours earlier when the red starts lights had gone out, he had made the perfect get away from pole position, leaving both Owen Jelf and Rupp Temper in his wake. Jelf later said that he made a slight error with his start, which allowed Temper to get the jump on him.
After a rather dramatic morning at the Grand Prix of Portugal, that saw three boats sidelined for tomorrow’s race, a scenes of calm and tranquillity that the Douro Royal Valley hotel is renowned for returned to the event, when qualifying past off without any need to get the rescue teams involved.
It could all have been very different though, because as the afternoon wore on a strong breeze had now developed and posting a quick time had almost become like a lottery.
When Gordon Sutherland, the UIM Sports Commissioner presiding over this weekend’s activities on the water at the Grand Prix of Portugal asked the seventeen drivers to take it easy today out there, it obviously fell on deaf ears as within the first hour of ‘Free Practice’ three boats crashed out and one headed back to the race pits with damage at the rear of its left sponson.
When Paul Balfour, the 2016 British F2 National Champion crashed out during the recent UIM F2 European Championships he thought his racing days were effectively over for a seriously long time but this weekend, following a remarkable two week period, he will line up alongside the sixteen drivers that have entered the UIM F2 Grand Prix of Portugal.