UIM F2 World & Continental Powerboat Championship racers tryout the Bahrain waters

Published October 18th, 2009 - 01:09 GMT

Racers from all over the world for the UIM F2 World & Continental Powerboat Championship tried out yesterday the Bahrain GP waters and location. The racers launched the boats yesterday to experience the track in the first ever F2 powerboat race to be held in Bahrain.

Abdul Salam Fairooz, Managing Director of Formula World Sports and organizer and promoter of the UIM F2 World & Continental Powerboat Championship 2009 attended the practice along with Gordon Sutherland, UIM Race director & Commissioner, and Ahmad Ibrahim, head of the Powerboat Committee in the UAE Marine Sports Federation.

The championship will end the first round today (October 16th) with the qualifier round and the championship race to announce the winner of the first race in Bahrain.

Mr. Fairooz highlighted the importance of the trials and practice for the racers and the teams accompanying them, “racers need to practice the route in order to set their racing strategy and be more familiar with the track. This is the first time the world championship is held on Bahraini waters and allowing the racers to practice is for the good of the competition and for the safety of the racers during the event itself.”

Mr. Fairooz also added: “We are expecting the Bahrain GP to be a very challenging and competitive race, as the winner of this GP will be a step closer to winning the championship. The Port Ghalib GP that will take place in Nov. 5th and  6th in Port Ghalib, Egypt will be even more competitive."

Qualifiers rounds are to be held today before the championship race and a huge number of marine sports fanatics and spectators have also arrived in Bahrain especially for the international event.

Mr. Fairooz again expressed his gratitude to the government of Kingdom of Bahrain headed by H.H Shaikh Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain and H.H Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince for his direct support and directives to provide all the facilities needed to achieve international accomplishments.

The UIM F2 World & Continental Championship will take place today in the Amwaj Marina at the Amwaj -Islands Kingdom of Bahrain.

The UAE National is the managing director of Formula World Sports and has been involved in the sport for almost 15 years both as a driver and as a promoter. Fairooz was awarded by the Union International Motonautique or U.I.M the rights to promote the UIM F2 World and Continental Championships for three years.

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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