October 4, 2010

Powerboat GPS - Como Grand Prix

Although the World title of the Powerboat GPS series finished in Siracusa a couple weeks ago, for this year we also decided to follow the ending of the European and Italian championship which was to be made in Como. Apart this race, all the other Grand Prix where held together with the World Championship, so being at it why not give you the result for the European and Italian titles too. This years European and Italian titles closing was to be decided in Como's legendary Centomiglia del Lario; One-Hundred Miles of Lario race which has formed heroes in Power boating many times in its history. This years World and European Champions 60 Metamarine driver Pennesi won it a couple years ago, and in the past we had heroes at the time and boat builders today as Abbate and Molinari take this legendary race. This years sixtieth edition had a total of 21 competitors in the various categories, ten of which come from the famed top Classes of Evolution only three competitors here, and Supersport with a good seven boats running. The race was held in the last September weekend on Saturday 25th, and Sunday 26.
Only three competitors in this class but it was double glory for 88 SNAV Kiton. With this OSG racing team won the last two races of the Evolution class season, and take an Italian title. Double second for 66 Cranefields who continue to show the improved pace they showed in this last part of the season. 55 Ukrainian Spirit and the new for 2010 43 feet Chaudron did not finish race one, and ended race two in a last third place out of three competitors in this class. 60 Metamarine Foresti&Sguardi took the European title in advance in Siracusa, and did not need to participate in this race, which was a bit disappointing for the fans.

In this category we had a total of seven competitors all challenging for the Italian Championship and four for the European title. A double victory was made by the Fountain of 81 Karelpiu which made this one of the best ever rookie season for the Naples based RG87 Racing Team. This double win, which makes a total of four top spots for 81 Karelpiu declared this Naples team as Italian and European 2010 champions. Second overall in the Como Grand Prix but taking two third places for the improving also rookie Ukrainian team but experienced 2009 World Champion boat of 43 Seagull Chaudron. A third for 38 Baia Attolini which take a second place on Saturday, and a sixth on Sunday. This result make them loose the chance of a European title and a double by just three points. Retirement on race one, and a second place on day two for the fast SV40 Outerlimits 22 Big Sergio of Team Al&Al. Fifth overall for the stern drive powered Donzi of 59 Chrisden. A sixth place for the double 2007 and 2008 World Champion Chaudron 41 feet of Racing project, who takes two fifth places. Last place for this nice looking but still very under performing diesel Zeta Elle boat of Di Cesare Riscaldamenti who takes a best sixth on Saturday, and a last seventh on Sunday.

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