F2 World Championship Ready to kick off in style!

This weekend (12/13 August) the 2023 UIM F2 World Championship gets underway in style in Klaipeda, Lithuania. 19 of the World’s best powerboat racers will make the journey to the city on the Baltic Sea coast for the first round of the 2023 Championship.

Amongst the fleet of racers is the 2022 Bronze medallist from the UAE Mansoor Al Mansoori competing for Team Abu Dhabi and will go in search of his first F2 World Championship title following his best season finish to date.
Looking for a home advantage is Lithuania’s very own Edgaras Riabko who finished 4th in the championship in 2022 and will be looking to put in a strong performance in front of local crowds.

Lithuania will also be represented by F2 Rookie Egidijus Dagilis who will be looking for a strong start to his World Championship campaign and will look to gain a home water advantage.
Two racers will go in search of their 4th UIM F2 World Championship Titles. Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Qemzi last won the World Title in 2021 and will be looking to secure his 4th title.
In addition, Great Britain’s Colin Jelf who was the first Powerboat racer to secure three consecutive F2 World Championship Titles, will be hoping that 2023 can see him secure his 4th World Championship title to his extensive list of trophies.

The fleet of 19 racers boasts a vast amount of experience amongst the seasoned racers competing and adding into the mix several rookie racers it promises to be an explosive start to the season.

The race format will consist of Free Practice and Qualifying on Saturday the 12th of August, where qualifying will be split into three separate sessions the first session will see open water for all boats to compete for 20 minutes to set the fastest times. After the 20minutes has elapsed the top 15 boats will progress into Q2 which will consist of 15 minutes. At the end of Q2, the 9 slowest boats will drop out and fill position 7- 15 on the start grid.
Q3 will see the top 6 boats compete for another 15 minutes to secure pole position for the Sunday’s Grand Prix Race.