July 12, 2010

Powerboat GPS - Polto Quato Grand Prix

The picturesque Poltu Quatu on the famous Emerald Coast in Sardinia was the back drop for the turning point of the 2010 season. This year season is becoming a very challenging competition, where differences between both boats in the classes are just split seconds and with this reliability playing a more important role then to 2009. The Italians continue there good season run this year with Italian teams leading both classes. Saturday morning trials was also marked again by another terrible incident to the Super Sport Nor-tech Spirit of Beglium boat which nose dipped at 83 mph and left bad injuries to both Patrick and Shelley Jory.
EVOLUTION CLASS
Round 5
After not participating in the Friday Powerpole due to a blown Turbo, the competition was surely surprised to see a 60 Metamarine who from last position on the start run challenged second place on the first buoy turn, and after round six overtook the retiring engine troubled 33 Furnibo Fountain, going again to a dominant run. Second place for an always improving 77 Lucas Oil. Third place for the awaited return of the 55 Ukrainian Spirit Chaudron now with new more powerful Mercury engines. A not so good fourth place for the 2009 and 2006 champion OSG team 88 SNAV, who surely know that if they want to challenge Metamarine they have to do better then this. Finally 47 Silverline managed to cross the finish line, and with a three minutes distance in the nine laps course may be there is hope for a better performance in the races to come. Cranefields Wine German Searex powerboat had a slow performance considering there recent improvements in Malta, and in the Friday Powerpole. Retirement for the fast Fountain 33 Furnibo who before retiring on lap 6 was turning all laps under the four minute barrier, something only the diesel 60 Metamarine also managed for four laps, and 88 SNAV Kiton once on the third lap.
1. 60 Metamarine Foresti Sguardi = 9 laps 34:22,04
2. 77 Lucas Oil Scandinavian Offshore Challenge = 35:54,11
3. 55 Ukrainian Spirit = 36,21,24
4. 88 SNAV - Kiton = 36:48,45
5. 47 Silverline = 37:34,31
6. 66 Cranefields Wine - Carconnex = 41:28,71
7. 33 Furnibo = RET 6 laps
Round 6
It was a similar start to the Saturday Sprint race, with the two faster boats going head to head on the turning of the first buoy, but with the Belgian Fountain 33 Furnibo taking the inside of the turn and a better position to lead the race from start to finish. A display of strength and speed was followed by the Belgian team doing nine of the thirteen laps under the four minute barrier, including a weekend fastest three minutes 49.84 seconds. But the fast Belgian Fountain better watch its back all times as the reliable and fast Italian diesel monster 60 Metamarine replied with a similar fashion doing six laps under the four minutes barrier, its best being a three minutes 51,19 seconds. The second place of 60 Metamrine also meant a second overall Grand Prix win, following the one in Malta for the big Italian diesel powerboat, along with more points collected which increased its title advantage on the competition. Third position for the 2010 built 43 feet Chaudron who showed good composure and skill in the Poltu Quatu Grand Prix taking two important third place podium finishes. A race of frustration for Team OSG and the 2009 Championship winner 43 feet Outerlimits, who finished fourth on retirement on the thirteenth lap, and a two minute jump start penalty. Retirements for 77 Lucas Oil who still cant make a complete weekend after such a good race on Saturday, and 47 Silverline who continue there 2010 reliability issues. The 66 Cranefields Searex did not manage to start the race.
1. 33 Furnibo = 14 laps 54:01,98
2. 60 Metamarine Foresti Sguardi = 54:50,39
3. 55 Ukrainian Spirit = 57:34,80
4. 88 SNAV - Kiton = 54:21,51 -1 laps + 2:00 Jump Start Penalty
5. 77 Lucas Oil Scandinavian Offshore Challenge = RET 11 laps
6. 47 Silverline = RET 1 lap
7. 66 Cranefields Wine - Carconnex = DNS
SUPERSPORT CLASS
Round 5
After years of hard work the determination of Team Al&Al paid up, and finally we see the 22 Big Sergio make it to the top of the podium. The race also featured a very nice overtaking to the 43 Seagull Chaudron who finished second. Third place for 81 Karelpiu who actually where first, but finished demoted after receiving a thirty seconds over speeding penalty. 38 Baia Attolini and the 38 feet Donzi finished fourth. The diesel FPT powered 06 Jolly Drive after a month of hard work following Malta finished a point collecting fifth place. Not so good a start of a sixth place for the new much awaited Pantera 41 of Ocean Dragon Racing the 08 Asia 2011-15. No start for the 43 feet Nor-Tech which apparently disintegrated in a terrible nose dip on the morning practice leaving both pilots badly injured. The fast 38 feet Donzi Team 26 did not make it to Sardinia though in its absence we had three Italian teams competing for the Italian circuit; Saho 59 Chrisden a known 38 feet Donzi which competed in 2008, 18 Pratiko, and Angelo Tedeschi 44 Kenon Cafe which is the 2007 and 2008 Supersport Champion boat.
1. 22 Big Sergio = 8 laps 34:32,75
2. 43 Seagull Chaudron = 34:38,45
3. 81 Karelpiu = 34:28,86 + 30 seconds over speeding Penalty
4. 38 Baia Attolini = 35:08,32
5. 06 Jolly Drive = 37:23,54
6. 08 Asia 2011-15 = 38:20,34
7. 17 Spirit of Belgium = DNS
Round 6
38 Baia Attolini did a similar run to what they did in Malta a month ago dominating the round six Poltu Quatu Endurance race for thirteen laps. Second place for Big Sergio who with it take Poltu Quatu overall win, and reduce the gap to the 38 feet Donzi of Baia Attolini to only 29 points. A very successful weekend for Team Al&Al which was also celebrated by the signing of a new sponsor deal. Another third place for the fast 81 Karelpiu Fountain, but this time no surprise penalty to demote this very good performing rookie team. Fourth place for the 41 feet Seagull Chaudron. No start for three boats; the diesel powered 06 Jolly Drive, the new 41 feet Pantera 08 Asia 2011-15, and the Saturday accident 43 feet Nor-Tech 17 Spirit of Belgium. The three Italian teams which competed in the Italian series had a retirement on lap 8 for 18 Pratiko, a slow run for the Saho 59 Chrisden which finished two laps behind, and a good race by Team Racing Project 44 Kenon Cafe which made to all remember its glory days.
1. 38 Baia Attolini = 13 laps 57:57,90
2. 22 Big Sergio = 58:03,30
3. 81 Karelpiu = 58:46,02
4. 43 Seagull Chaudron = 59:16,69
5. 06 Jolly Drive = DNS
6. 08 Asia 2011-15 = DNS
7. 17 Spirit of Belgium = DNS
2010 Championship After Round 6
EVOLUTION:
Pos. Boat Name - Team Name ~ Round 5 + Round 6 = TOTAL (incl engine bonus 5 pts)
1. 60 Metamarine Foresti&Suardi - Metamarine Corse ~ 20 + 16 = 115 (1 bonus)
2. 33 Furnibo - 2B1 Racing Team ~ 0 + 20 = 73
3. 88 SNAV-Kiton - OSG Racing Team ~ 7 + 7 = 64 (1 bonus)
4. 77 Lucas Oil - Scandiavian Offshore Challenge ~ 16 + 0 = 45
5. 66 Cranefields Wine - Searex Racing Team ~ 5 + 0 = 40
6. 55 Ukrainian Spirit - Ukrainian Spirit ~ 12 + 12 = 24
7. 47 Silverline Racing - Silverline ~ 6 + 0 = 6
8. 01 Carconnex - Carconnex ~ 0 + 0 = 0
SUPERSPORT:
Pos. Boat Name - Team Name ~ Round 5 + Round 6 = TOTAL
1. 38 Baia Attolini - Baia Attolini ~ 7 + 20 = 109 (1 bonus)
2. 22 Big Sergio - Al & Al Racing Team ~ 20 + 16 = 80
3. 43 Seagull Chaudron - Ukrainian Spirit ~ 16 + 7 = 75 (1 bonus)
4. 81 Karelpiù - RG 87 Racing Team ~ 12 + 12 = 61 (1 bonus)
5. 17 Spirit of Belgium - Spirit of Belgium ~ 0 + 0 = 49
6. 06 Jolly Drive - Jolly Drive Racing Team ~ 6 + 0 = 24
7. 26 Team 26 - Team 26 ~ 0 + 0 = 21
8. 08 Asia 2011-15 - Ocean Dragon Racing Team ~ 5 + 0 = 5
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