September 17, 2010

Powerboat GPS - Siracusa Powerpole


Sadly we are at the start of the final buoy of the 2010 Powerboat GPS Season, and just like 09 we finish the races in the magnificent Siracusa setting, what is a natural harbour. The weather looks nice and sunny, but winds are force four with gusts of five meaning waves of an average height of a one metre and a half. This final setting finds itself with World title already taken for grabs in Bacoli for both the classes, but there is still a European, and Italian championship to take for some. The pictures shown on the Facebook GPS fan page show also some teams who missed from Bacoli returning to race in Siracusa. Which is good news for the spectators. But I also think that these teams will use the fifth Grand Prix of the Season to fine tune the boats for the coming 2011.
EVOLUTION
Furnibo won its first race here last year, and a power pole was also taken. So how about starting to think for the missed title by doing whats best for the Belgian team Fountain which is going faster to all by a margin of more to fourteen seconds. Second for the 2009 and 2006 Evolution champions of OSG Racing Team with the Outerlimits SV43 88 SNAV-Kiton. A third for 2010 World Champions 60 Metamarine which surprisingly missed a Power Pole this year, and in this occasion was late by 27 seconds. Surely they are not bothered about this, having in replacement taken a title. A good fourth for the 43ft Chaudron 55 Ukrainian Spirit, with only a gap of a bit more to two seconds from Metamarine. A fifth for the Vector 77 Lucas Oil with over a second distance from 55 Ukrainian Spirit, and 31 seconds from the first. Sixth place for the returned other Fountain of 47 Silverline, which had a similar time but twenty five decimals of a seconds slower to Lucas Oil. Surprisingly the Fountain, and 88 SNAV-Kiton separated the followers by quite a distance in this Powerpole. Another headline for this class was also the separation of Luca Fornelli Fendi from Cangiano and his OSG Racing Team. Luca used to run the fast Cigarette Fantastic One in Evolution class in 2008, and 09 so my mind is already thinking of the return of this very fast boat for 2011. We will see!
SUPERSPORT
38 Baia Attolini 2010 World Champions and there 38 feet Donzi had a miss hit of a few points for a title here last year, so how about making for this by taking the Powerpole of day one in Siracusa. Less to a second late and surprise second place for the diesel Albatro 06 Jolly Drive which is showing improving results and performance in the last part of the season. Third but a whisker from the fore runners for the always fast open cockpit Super Sport class Fountain 81 Karelpiu. I am sure the Neapolitan team after a very good rookie first season will start to think for a championship strategy for the coming year. Return to racing after Poltu Quatu for hull one of the 41 feet Chaudron 44 Kenon Cafe which has two written titles, placed fifth a two seconds plus delay. Another return also after Poltu Quatu for the Italian made very interesting diesel powered ZL build 18 F. Di Cesare Riscaldamenti which placed last with a 31 seconds delay. No start for two fast boats; the Outerlimits 22 Big Sergio, and Chaudron 2009 champion 43 Seagull Chaudron.
Evolution Resuts:
1. 33 Furnibo = 3:16,86
2. 88 SNAV-Kiton = 3:30,54
3. 60 Metamarine Foresti & Sguardi = 3:43,82
4. 55 Ukrainian Spirit = 3:46,00
5. 77 Lucas Oil Scandinavian Offshore Challenge = 3:47,29
6. 47 Silverline = 3:47,54
7. 66 Cranefields Wine - Carconnex = DNS
Super Sport Results:
1. 38 Baia Attolini = 4:12,25
2. 06 Jolly Drive = 4:13,22
3. 81 Karelpiu = 4:13,82
4. 44 Kenon Cafe = 4:15,71
5. 18 F. Di Cesare Riscaldamenti = 4:43,21
6. 22 Big Sergio = DNS
7. 43 Seagull Chaudron = DNS