June 7, 2010

Powerboat GPS - Malta Preview

The Malta Grand Prix is in its sixth year running having started to take part in the Powerboat P1 renamed as GPS for this year since 2004. This has made the making of a classic for the central Mediterranean event, and be it for the exception of last year race, was always performed in rough seas. The drivers call the Malta Grand Prix as the Rough Sea Classic.
This years event will start on Thursday 10 June, and will continue up to the 13th. Some important changes are in place for this year event and that is for the position of the pits, which will be in the tourist mecca city of Sliema, looking to the West of capital city Valletta. The Powerpole which is to be held on Friday will also be taking part in a different area being run for the first time on Marsamxett Harbour, the West side of Valletta. The races which will be held on Saturday for Round Three Sprint Race, and Sunday Round Four Endurance show a similar course to that of last year.
The Malta Grand Prix is a favorite with 2006 and 2009 Evolution Champion OSG Racing Team Giancarlo Ciangiano, who won three Malta Grand Prix from 2007 till 2009. It is also the home race for Arron Ciantar and the Chaudron Powerboats stable. Ciantar won the Malta Grand Prix for the Super Sport class in the very rough 2008, and in last year flat calm editions.
EVOLUTION:
Pos. Boat Name - Team Name ~ Points
1. 88 SNAV-Kiton - OSG Racing Team ~ 40
A good start for 2009 Championship, although they did spun too much on Round 1.
2. 60 Metamarine Foresti&Suardi - Metamarine Corse ~ 28
The diesel boat showed power and nearly won a race. Fast more then to 2008.
3. 33 Furnibo - 2B1 Racing Team ~ 28
Took Powerpole and with a bit of luck placed well. New faster props for Malta.
4. 66 Cranefields Wine - Searex Racing Team ~ 7
Looked out propped on the Saturday race. Still managed some points!
5. 55 Ukrainian Spirit - Ukrainian Spirit ~ 0
Showed potential in rough seas race one, and nearly won it. New Mercury engines for Malta.
6. 47 Silverline Racing - Silverline ~ 0
New Fountain hull. Hope to see more of it in Malta. Showed more speed then the old Cougar.
7. 77 Lucas Oil Scandinavian - Scandinavian Offshore Challenge ~ 0
Big disappointment in Yalta for one of the most expected boats.
8. 01 Carconnex - Carconnex ~ 0
The old smaller Outerlimits SV40. Did not perform so bad.
SUPERSPORT:
1. 38 Baia Attolini - Baia Attolini ~ 40
Total domination in Yalta for the Italian team Donzi boat, second placed in 2009.
2. 17 Spirit of Belgium - Spirit of Belgium ~ 28
A good run from this new very good looking Nor-Tech. Can they compete for the title.
3. 22 Big Sergio - Al & Al Racing Team ~ 21
A new Outerlimits hull which show good speed. Another good looker.
4. 06 Jolly Drive - Jolly Drive Racing Team ~ 13
The only diesel power in SS class. Showed good speed and can challenge podium places.
5. 43 Seagull Chaudron - Ukrainian Spirit ~ 13
2009 champion hull with new crew. Nearly sunk in end of race 2, but saved.
6. 81 Karelpiù - RG 87 Racing Team ~ 12
Good to see a Fountain in SS Class. A podium on round 2 showed potential.
7. 26 Team 26 - Team 26 ~ 0
Trouble first weekend for 26. But if the gremlins are fixed will be a big challenge to all.