May 10, 2010

Powerboat GPS - Yalta Endurance Race Round 2

88 SNAV - KITON, and 38 BAIA ATTOLINI are the winners of Grand Prix of the Sea in Yalta taking the Evolution and Super Sport Classes respectively. Both Italian teams have won the two races held on Saturday and Sunday, with 38 Baia Attolini also taking PowerPole on Friday.
Evolution
Unlike the Saturday Sprint race, the longer Endurance leg delivered only some suspense during the first lap. #33 Furnibo took a light whisker lead from #88 SNAV in the first straight run, which lasted till turning buoy one, when the Italian OSG team got into a perfect route to overtake the Fountain 40 Lighting and take a dominant position. OSG Racing Team #88 SNAV maintained this lead till the end of the race which ended in a fifteen seconds finish advantage, against second placed #60 Metamarine. The Italian built and powered Metamarine Seatek diesel monster is again showing very huge potential this year, reminiscent of the great 2008 season. Ultimately the Belgian Fountain boat #33 Furnibo ended in a good third place, which gives a shared 28 point second place overall with Metamarine for the Yalta Grand Prix of the Sea.
Super Sport
The production 90 mph speed limited class, saw a battle between various boats. #38 Baia Attolini started another leading run from beginning to end. #17 Spirit of Belgium ended in a solid second place, after a tight battle with #43 Seagull which lasted till the third lap when the new Nor-Tech boat overtook the 2009 Championship winning Chaudron 41. Third place for the new 38 foot Fountain of Italians #81 Karelpiu who made a full race fighting with the Seagull boat and where ultimately rewarded with a podium finish, and a make up for the breakage which happened on Saturday's Sprint race. In yesterdays Endurance race Team RG87 #81 Karelpiu just left the bad day of race one behind in the past. Starting in the last sixth position the US Fountain boat of the Italian team kept on battling and in lap four saw them jump to fourth position, and thanks to a good final run ended in a podium rewarded third place finish. The Albatro boat #06 Jolly Drive had a fifth place postion up until the last pen-ultimate bouy, when a photo finish final run gave this Italian team a fourth place ending. The home Ukrainian Spirit #43 Seagull 2009 Super Sport title winning boat had a race to forget which from a good second position in the initial parts ended in fifth, and a boat which was taking water during the return to the pits. #22 Big Sergio and the new Outerlimits had a slow race which ultimately saw them end in the last sixth position. Still this was enough for Team Al & Al who had enough points for a third position overall in the Yalta Grand Prix of the Sea. Race in the pits for the Donzi 38 #26 Team 26 which after the incident of Saturday did not start the Endurance run. Lets hope this team gets back to its usual winning combat ways in the next Grand Prix.
Next date is set for my home Malta Grand Prix the Sea, now in its sixth consecutive run on the 11 and 13 June. The calendar is still in a building basis, but as long as the show is on who are we to argue.
EVOLUTION CLASS
1. 88 SNAV-Kiton = 15 laps 52:46,33
2. 60 Metamarine Foresti Suardi = 53:00,86
3. 33 Furnibo = 56:14,01
4. 55 Ukrainian Spirit = RET 5 laps
5. 47 Silverline = RET 1 lap
6. 66 Cranefields Wine = RET 0 laps
- 77 Lucas Oil Scandinavian Offshore Challenge = DNS
- 01 Carconnex = DNS
SUPER SPORT CLASS
1. 38 Baia Attolini = 14 laps 56:34,05
2. 17 Spirit of Belgium = 56:38,63
3. 81 Karelpiu = 58:16,89
4. 06 Jolly Drive = 59,27,77
5. 43 Seagull Chaudron = 59:33,03
6. 22 Big Sergio = 57:18,06 -3 laps
- 26 Team 26 = DNS
2010 Championship After Round 2
EVOLUTION:
Pos. Boat Name - Team Name ~ Round 1 + Round 2 = TOTAL
1. 88 SNAV-Kiton - OSG Racing Team ~ 20 + 20 = 40
2. 60 Metamarine Foresti&Suardi - Metamarine Corse ~ 12 + 16 = 28
3. 33 Furnibo - 2B1 Racing Team ~ 16 + 12 = 28
4. 66 Cranefields Wine - Searex Racing Team ~ 7 + 0 = 7
5. 55 Ukrainian Spirit - Ukrainian Spirit ~ 0 + 0 = 0
6. 47 Silverline Racing - Silverline ~ 0 + 0 = 0
7. 77 Lucas Oil Scandinavian - Scandinavian Offshore Challenge ~ 0 + 0 = 0
8. 01 Carconnex - Carconnex ~ 0 + 0 = 0
SUPERSPORT:
Pos. Boat Name - Team Name ~ Round 1 + Round 2 = TOTAL
1. 38 Baia Attolini - Baia Attolini ~ 20 + 20 = 40
2. 17 Spirit of Belgium - Spirit of Belgium ~ 12 + 16 = 28
3. 22 Big Sergio - Al & Al Racing Team ~ 16 + 5 = 21
4. 06 Jolly Drive - Jolly Drive Racing Team ~ 6 + 7 = 13
5. 43 Seagull Chaudron - Ukrainian Spirit ~ 7 + 6 = 13
6. 81 Karelpiù - RG 87 Racing Team ~ 0 + 12 = 12
7. 26 Team 26 - Team 26 ~ 0 + 0 = 0