Some thirty years ago it was said that when the legendary UIM F1 promoter David Parkinson looked for race venues to form his World Championship they would have to meet with three exacting stipulations. The first being that there must be plenty of local authentic food and fine wine, the second was that a challenging 18 hole golf course with superb views must be close by and finally that the driver’s wives and girlfriends would be able to indulge in some retail therapy. How Brindisi escaped his attentions will probably remain a mystery but without doubt it would have ticked all three of his boxes.
Such was the success of last year’s inaugural Brindisi Grand Prix; for evidence of this you only had to look at the huge crowds of spectators lining the harbour walls during the early evening race, that this year’s event will be busier than ever. The inclusion of a round of the F4S World Powerboat Championships, along with the local GT15 Italian Championship plus of course the ‘grand depart’ of twenty three F2 drivers around the tight confines of the Italian harbour should provide the locals with even more thrills and spills than they witnessed this time last year.
It certainly proved to be a dramatic start for the 2014 UIM F2 World Championship, which took place in Dunaujvaros, Hungary and it wasn’t just the water where the drama unfurled.
With a full field of twenty boats lined up on the start jetty it was Owen Jelf who, through the drizzle, had looked to have made the best start from his third spot on the grid. As he rounded the demarcation buoy he was obliged to leave a boats width of space which was promptly filled by pole man Erik Stark. Jelf then had his mirrors full of Rupp Temper’s DAC and it wasn’t long before the Austrian driver had past the hard charging British driver.
For the first time ever three French built Moore hulls are competing at a UIM F2 World Championship round, with varying degrees of success it must be said. The World Endurance Champion Peter Morin put his Chinese decaled version to great use when he qualified in eighth place on the grid. Alain Dailly reached Q2 in the qualifying stages and will start in twelfth place, but it was a tough day in her office for Mette Bjerknes. Fuel starvation issues meant she was down on power for most of the day and her pit crew now face a long night ahead as they look to solve the issue.