The first ever UIM F2 World Championship Grand Prix to take place in Lithuania kept everyone guessing right up to the final lap as to who would eventually take the top prize.
Just moments into the race Pierre Lundin crashed out at the top of course. “I was so late away from the start pontoon that as we reached the demarcation buoy I was down in fourth place” said Lundin. “So I knew I had to take a chance to make up some lost ground.” The Swede went tight into the following turn but hit the rooster spray from his title rival Erik Edin and over he went. “I thought I would take a chance but it didn’t work this time.”
“Just another pole position, no I love it, I’m really satisfied” said a delighted Erik Edin after he secured that all important number one spot on the start pontoon for Sunday’s Lithuanian F2 Grand Prix.
The qualifying session was due to take place at 13:45 but due to strong gusts of wind the race officials decided on the grounds of safety to postpone it till 18:00 when they knew that the conditions would be more favourable.
The 2015 F2 UIM European Championship will probably be best remembered by those images taken of the crash between Johan Osterberg and Rupp Temper, like this one by Johan Frisk. At the time Temper was on course to win the title but the impact saw his chance slip away and also led to Osterberg sitting out for the remainder of the weekend in Zarasai.
During last year’s UIM F2 European Championship it was Sweden’s Erik Edin who set the early ‘bench-mark’ with a forty-one second lap time around the Lake Zaraso course. It would be another Swede though who would eventually walk away with the European crown in his possession. Now fast forward twelve months and once again it’s those two Swede’s who are trading blows in the fight for this year’s World Championship title.
“That win was much tougher than last year” said a triumphant Pierre Lundin as he made his way down from the podium presentation held at the harbour side in Tonsberg, Norway. “The poor visibility just made it really difficult to see the water conditions and I nearly got caught out a lap before Rupp Temper crashed out.”
Lundin admitted that there was a great deal of luck involved in his second victory of the season. “For both drivers to crash out ahead of me was really not what I expected, perhaps it made up for the bad day I had in my office yesterday.”
Sweden’s Ola Pettersson had a perfect Repechage in Tønsberg this afternoon, winning and securing his place into the main race later today.
For fellow Swede, Bimba Sjoholm, it was heart break as engine problems brought her weekend to an untimely end.
Uvis Slakteris from Latvia who is making a habit of doing well in the ‘Last Chance Saloon’ came home in second place while Mette B. Bjerknæs put on a gritty display in her Moore hull securing third overall.
Edgaras Riabko was the fourth and will line up in the final grid shot for today’s main event, the UIM F2 Tonsberg Grand Prix.