If anyone had thought that after Erik Stark had won his second UIM F2 World Championship title last year and listened to the pit lane talk that said he’d be off to join the F1H2O series and that his motivation might be lacking because his great friend and mentor Rolland Sjogren was taking a year out of the sport soon found out that the young Swede still means business when he won the opening round of the 2013 UIM F2 World Championship.
Today proved to be a waiting game for Erik Stark but one that finally earned him pole position at his home Grand Prix. The strong wind that had been blowing straight down the course saw a different Swede top the timing screens after the first qualifying session. Ola Pettersson in his BaBa hull looked like he had done enough to earn him his first ever pole, but as conditions changed it began to favour those drivers racing Molgaard hulls and Stark’s name soon appeared at the top of the timing screens.
“That’s so much better than last year” said Stark, who twelve months ago had crashed out of qualifying. “Tonight we have a dry boat, the mechanics have an early night and I have pole position. I’m really starting to trust the new Molgaard hull” he said, “It turns when I want it to and stays there.”
Heavy leaden skies greeted the twenty three drivers that arrived at the Riddarfjarden located right in the heart of Stockholm city centre. Amongst the largest fleet that has ever gathered for the opening round of the UIM Formula 2 World Championship are seven drivers making their series debut.
With less than two weeks to go before the opening round of the 2013 U.I.M F2 World Powerboat Championships those all important last minute touches are being carried out by The Royal Motorboat Club Racing section (KMKR) who will be welcoming competitors from eleven different countries to Sweden for the Stockholm Grand Prix.
This year there have been some subtle changes to the weekend’s format including holding the Grand Prix on the Saturday.
“When we spoke to the people at the Stockholm Visitor Board they suggested that we should try and hold the Grand Prix a day earlier” said Anders Stark, from the Organising Committee. “This way people staying in the city centre after watching the race would then spend their Sunday exploring the delights of Stockholm.”