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Pole sitter Erik Edin led from start to finish on a warm summer Saturday evening in Tvedestrand, Norway.
The top four positions were ‘as you were’ from the previous day’s qualifying.
Frode Sundsdal who came in fourth, put in his best UIM F2 position since coming out of retirement, the ageing Norwegian was delighted. "We are ‘over the moon’ with our 4th place and 9th overall in the F2 World Championship. We can’t wait for the next round in Tønsberg! Watch out for the yellow lightning!"
Mette Brandt Bjerknæs was having a great drive in her new Moore hull until she was cruelly robbed of 50% of the blades from her propeller, which in turn forced the gutsy Norwegian school teacher to retire.
mattThe race was fairly uneventful apart from one big incident before the second turn on the first lap.
Matt Palfreyman added a Somersault to his talented repertoire after being hit whilst on an amazing surge through the fleet, we’ll cover this incident in a separate article this week.
The UIM F2 circus hasn’t got far to travel for Round 4, staying in Norway, they head to Tønsberg to race over the 5th to 7th of August.
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Sweden’s Erik Edin narrowly pipped reigning UIM F2 World Champion Pierre Lundin to pole in Tvedestrand, Norway today.
Rupp Temper will be third on the grid with ‘Comeback King’, Frode Sundsdal ecstatic with starting in fourth place tomorrow after the old friends posted the same times.
Sundsdal had missed Round 2 in Campione, unable to get his boat together in time after a coming together with Owen Jelf at the first race of the season.
Young British charger Matt Palferyman had to settle for tenth, with no times set in Q3 after Race Director Pelle Larsson adjudged that he had entered the course incorrectly , whilst his team mate Jelf was sixth quickest.
Mette Bjerknæs put her brand new Moore hull into Q3 for the first time this season, only for her Mercury to go into ‘safe mode’ on both of the qualifying laps.
Following the disappointment of Finland it was all smiles again for Pierre Lundin and his team when he took the spoils at the UIM F2 Campione d’Italia Grand Prix. “That was really tough” said the reigning F2 World Champion, “there were times during that race that I just couldn’t see the deep rollers down the back straight. The light levels were so low that I had to rely on my radioman to keep me informed about the water conditions.”
After the start lights had finally gone out, Lundin was able to make the most of his pole position and opened up a small lead from Britain’s Matt Palfreyman and the young Italian driver Alberto Comparato.
With claps of thunder resonating off the surrounding mountains and fork lightning grabbing people’s attentions, it was always going to be a tough day at the Campione d’Italia Grand Prix.
This mornings ‘Free Practice’ sessions had to be moved to the early afternoon following a combination of a wind swept course coupled with a lack of ambulance cover.
Mohammed Al-Mehairbi and Rashed Al-Qamzi are all set to make their UIM F2 World Championship debut racing for Team Abu Dhabi at the Campione Grand Prix.
For Al-Mehairbi, he will get the chance to race a brand new DAC hull that has only just left the factory in Northern Italy. Al-Qamzi will race the DAC, which the team used at this year’s Rouen 24 Hour race.
When people saw the wreckage of Daniel Segenmark’s Moore hull being lifted from the water at the Finnish F2 Grand Prix, many thought that would put and end to the Swedish drivers exploits in this years UIM F2 World Championship but that is just not the case as he’s back racing at the Campione Grand Prix.