Abdul Salam Fairooz, Managing Director of Formula World Sports and organizer and promoter of the UIM F2 World & Continental Powerboat Championship 2009, announced that Port Ghalib - Egypt is all set to host the 2nd round of the UIM F2 World & Continental Powerboat Championship 2009 at the Port Ghalib Marina on November 6th & 7th 2009.
The Port Ghalib round is considered one of the highlights of the UIM F2 World and Continental Championships, as it is the first round in the African Continent, the strategic location of the venue (Port Ghalib) on the Red Sea, and the events conducted alongside during the two day race.
Mr. Fairooz said: “For the second year in a row, Port Ghalib is hosting one of the UIM F2 World & Continental Powerboat Championship rounds in its facilities. The location, facilities, and support we are receiving from the hosting country and Port Ghalib are all the main reasons why we chose to hold the race there again.”
Mr. Fairooz added that the first round that was held in Bahrain was a successful round and has witnessed huge attendance from sports fans and media, “The first round, which was under the royal patronage and attendance of H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Son of Bahrain Crown Prince for the event, witnessed a great success. The competition between racers to get the title, the attendance and the festive atmosphere were all part of the two day race in Bahrain.”
Mr. Fairooz also emphasized the importance of the points from this race for achieving this year title and promised marine sports fans and attendees a competitive and interactive race.
Mr. Fairooz expressed his gratitude to H.E Naser Al Khurafi, President of Al Khurafi Group, and to Badr bin Naser Al Khurafi, Member of the board of directors for the continuous support to achieve success in this round and to supporting marine sports in general.
During the first round in Bahrain, Alex Carella came in first place with a speed record of 00:34:02:69, Uvis Slakteris from the Lativian team driving the boat Molgaard came in second place with a speed record of 00:34:05:97 and the third place went to Johan Coenradi, from the Netherlands team driving the boat Molgaard, with a speed record of 00:34:11:86. With these results the winner secured the 20 points of this GP before the second round in Port Ghalib- Egypt. The second place secured 15 points and the third place got the 12 points.
Mr. Fairooz also highlighted the importance of H.H Sheikh Ahmad Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE National Olympic committee, and Honorary President of the UIM F2 World & Continent Powerboat Championship 2009, support for national human resources and establishments in organizing international events.
Formula 2 boats are equipped with 2-liter stock engines generating 200 HP and speeds up to 200 km/h. Hulls of Formula 2 boats reach a minimum length of 4.8 meters and minimum weight of 513 kg, which includes the driver. Due to their specially designed tunnel hulls, Formula 2 boats are able to turn almost instantaneously incurring more G forces than any other racing machine on the planet.
The UIM is the international governing body of power boating. It is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and is also a member of the General Association of International Sports Federations and the Association of the IOC-Recognized International Sports Federations.
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