This weekend (16/17 September) the 2023 F2 World Championship welcomes a new venue as the competition heads to Peso Da Régua in Portugal for the first time. Peso Da Régua is situated on the banks of the River Douro and is famous for the production and sale of Port, but this week it is poised for the action of the Grand Prix of Peso Da Régua as the F2 campaign powers into the city.
This weekend sees the penultimate round of the 2023 UIM F2 World Championship and will see 15 of the Worlds Top F2 drivers representing 11 Nations all looking for vital points in the championship campaign.
Championship leader, Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Qemzi will be looking to make it a third consecutive Grand Prix win as he looks to claim his 4th World Championship Title in 2023.
Looking to stop the former champion in his tracks is Portugal’s very own Duarte Benavente who will be hoping that home waters and crowds can cheer him on to claim the Grand Prix win and boost him up the championship table.
On the forthcoming event he had this to say “It’s great to be showcasing the sport to a new venue here in Portugal, the organisers and federation have put a lot of hard work into the venue and hopefully it will be huge success for the sport and provide us with a new venue for many years to come!”
He continued “The thrill of powerboat racing is indescribable but competing in your home country in front of home crowds is a phenomenal feeling! I had engine problems at the last round but hopefully those are now behind me and I can fight for the podium top spot in front of home crowds.”
Also looking to stop Al Qemzi from topping the podium for a third successive time is Monganesque racer Giacomo Sacchi who is looking to secure his first Grand Prix win of the season!
In addition Rookie Racer Stefan Arand of Estonia currently lies in second in the championship and is hungry for his first F2 Grand Prix win.
The weekends on water action will see the teams test the unknown waters in Saturdays free practice before heading into the weekends qualifying sessions that will culminate in the top six fastest boats battling it out for pole position for Sunday’s Grand Prix Race.
The Grand Prix of Peso Da Régua will see all 15 Boats roar into life for the multiple lap race on Sunday Afternoon with the race start time schedule for 15:45 local time.