European F:125 Championship
The European F:125 Championship is a four round series for the 125cc Outboard Hydroplanes and is open to all European drivers. Round 1 is in Riesa Germany (4th - 5th June), Round 2 is in Szczecin Poland (25th - 26th June), Round 3 is in Szeged Hungary (16th - 17th July), and Round 4 is in Bitterfeld Germany (12th - 14th August)
Round 1 - Riesa Germany (4th - 5th June)
The turnout for the first round of the championship was good; there were eight entries from six different countries. The weather was windy on Saturday which lead to rough water conditions. So Wayne only did a couple of laps in practice. Qualifying was cancelled also because of the rough water. This meant the grid positions were chosen by a draw. Luckily Wayne pulled out pole position, with Marian Jung (reining European F:125 Champion) in second place. In race 1 Wayne had an exceptional start and had a good lead over Jung on the first lap, however the race was stopped do to a boat being stopped in a dangerous place. In the re-run Wayne did not get a very good start and was left at the back of the pack. He battled through to finish third, behind Toomas Mets in second and with the win going to Jung. However Wayne set the fastest lap of the race, some 1.7 seconds faster than Jung. In race 2 Wayne got another good start but going into the turn Jung came past washing him out. This caused Wayne to drop the motor off putting him to the back of the field. This time it was harder to battle through the field and Wayne finished sixth with the win again going to Jung with Mets finishing second. The final two races were cancelled do to rough water. This meant Wayne finished fourth overall. The win went to Jung with Mets second and Attila Hencz third.
Round 2 - Szczecin Poland (25th - 26th June)
Wayne got the weekend of to a good start by qualifying in pole position, 0.6 seconds faster than Atilla Hencz in second, with Marian Jung qualifying in third. In the first race Wayne got a good start and lead into the first turn. He continued to increase his lead until on lap 4 going round the pit turn the boat bounced and the engine stopped. The win went to Lembit A. Kassik, second was Hencz, and third place went to Toomas Mets. This meant Wayne had to start from the back of the grid for race two. In race two Wayne got a good start and picked up some places. However during the race the engine lost power, this was caused by a piece of plastic becoming wrapped around the prop and gearbox. Wayne managed fifth place, with the win going to A. Kaasik, second was Jung and third place went to Sebastian Kecinski. In the third race Wayne again made an excellent start and got up to third going into the first turn. On lap four whilst passing Mets on the inside at the pit turn for second place hooked and hit the buoy. This caused him to stop. Mets took the win with Hencz in second and A. Kaasik in third. For the forth and final race Wayne was again starting at the back of the grid. Wayne made a good start and was forth at the first turn. However during the next lap the engine had a major miss-fire which dropped him back to last place. After about a lap the engine cleared and Wayne proceeded to catch the field and finish forth. Mets came home first with Jung second and Hencz third. The overall winner was A. Kaasik with Mets second and Hencz third. Wayne finished in seventh place.
Round 4 - Bitterfeld Germany (12th - 14th August)
The water conditions for qualifying on Saturday were not favourable. The ruff water lead to qualifying being a bit of a lottery. Wayne qualified in fifth with Toomas Mets taking pole position. In race one Wayne got a good start but was suffering from a lack of speed and slowly dropped back to finish sixth. The win went Oliver Lucas with Lembit A.Kaasik in second and Marian Jung third. In race two Wayne got a good start but on the second lap got hit by Andres Loortis, Wayne's boat was damaged but he finished the race in sixth place. The win went to Luigi Colombi with A.Kaasik in second and Lucas third. The boat was repaired and Wayne was ready to take part in the third race. In the third race Wayne got of to a good start but then the engine lost power and Wayne only managed two laps. The win went to Colombi with A.Kaasik in second with Mets in third. Wayne's engine problems were solved for the forth and final race. Wayne got a good start considering he was starting from the tail end of the grid and finished sixth. The win again went to Colombi with Mets in second and Jung in third. The overall winner was Colombi with A.Kaasik in second and Lucas third.
The European F:125 Championship has now been decided, the winner is Lembit Aaslav-Kaasik with Toomas Mets in second and Marian Jung in third. Wayne finished in sixth.
National Outboard Hydroplane Championship
The National Outboard Championship is where all of the Outboard Hydroplanes (O:125, O:250, O:350, O:500, F:500 and O:700) classes race against each other in one race. The races are conducted on a handicap basis because of the different sizes and therefore speed of the different classes. The O:125 do 6 laps, the O:250 and O:350 do 7 laps and the O:500, F:500 and O:700 do 8 laps. This handicap is the same no matter what the circuit, so different circuits are suited to curtain classes. At each race meeting there are four heats with the best three going through to the final result. This year there is a total of 5 rounds with the best 4 to count.
Round 1 - Oulton Broad Suffolk (1st - 2nd May)
Round one had mixed fortunes for Team Turner. Barry qualified in pole position for the cabover (lay down) classes. In race one Wayne came home in second with Barry behind in third place. The win went to Julian Rout. In race two Wayne's fortunes changed for the worse. He was forced to retire from the race with a hole in the bottom of his boat. This put him out for the rest of the weekend. In race two Barry finished third behind Julian Rout and Paul Hart. In race 3 Barry again finished third behind Julian and Paul. The forth race win went to Paul Hart. The overall result was Julian Rout first, Paul Hart second, Barry third, and Wayne finished sixth.
Round 2 - Kingsbury Water Park Warwickshire (22nd May)
The turnout for round two of the championship was down. This was because the weekend before there was a round of the World F:500 Championship in Hungary. Four National championship regulars went to compete but three of them had problems (one broken boat and two broken engines) so these were unable to attend this round of the National Championship. Barry qualified in second place for the cabover classes this time. The overall win went to Malcolm Goodman, with Barry in second, Paul Hart in third, and Wayne in forth.
Round 3 - Barrow Docks Cumbria (11th - 12th June) - Cancelled
Round 4 - Kingsbury Water Park Warwickshire (23rd - 24th July)
The turnout was again low for the Hydroplane class at Kingsbury do to some drivers having international commitments. In the first race Wayne got of to a good start and was circulating at a good pace when the engine stopped, the problem being electrical related. Barry finished in third (about a foot behind Paul Hart) with the win going to Nigel Edwards. Wayne did not make it out for the second race as the electrical problems were still being diagnosed and fixed. Barry again finished in third but was down on power, the problem being a 'twisted' crank. This put him out for the rest of the meeting. Second went again to Hart with taking Edwards taking his second win of the day. Wayne was back out for the third race and was going well to start but suffered from more electrical problems. Wayne finished third with Hart second and Edwards took the win. The overall win went to Edwards with Hart in second, Mike Smith in third with Barry finishing in fourth and Wayne in fifth.
Round 5 - Stewartby Lake Bedfordshire (24th - 25th September)
Team Turner continued the season long run of bad luck at the fifth and final round of the National Championship. Barry had problems in qualifying; the timing belt broke at the start of the session causing him to stop. This was then repaired but on his next outing the exhausts had come de-adjusted and one came away from the manifold causing the engine to lose power. This meant Barry qualified down the order. Wayne also suffered a minor problem in qualifying; his exhaust cracked causing it to lose a bit of pressure causing the engine to be down on performance. Both Barry's and Wayne's problems were fixed for the first race. In race one Barry was suffering form a mysterious lack of power from his freshly prepared engine. His best engine being destroyed earlier in the year at the Sprint meeting. Barry came home in forth. Wayne was circulating well but do to the handicap system being less than favourable to him at this circuit he finished in fifth. The win went to Malcolm Goodman with Nigel Edwards in second, and Paul Hart in third. A few alterations were made to Barry's engine ready for race two on Sunday, but do to adverse weather conditions there was no racing for the hydroplanes. This meant the result for the final round of the championship was decided on only one race. This meant the win went to Goodman with Edwards in second, Hart third, Barry forth and Wayne fifth.
The National Outboard Hydroplane Championship again goes to Paul Hart with Barry finishing runner-up and Wayne in fifth position.
National Outboard Hydroplane Sprint Championship
Stewartby Lake Bedfordshire (6th - 7th August)
The Sprint Championship is a one off race event where the individual classes (e.g. O:125 and O:350) that make up the normal Outboard Hydroplane field race only against the other drivers within their class, and not the total field of drivers. At the Sprint Championship you get a Sprint Champion for each individual class and not an overall Champion like the National Championship.
Team Turner again had mixed success at the Sprints this year. Wayne qualified first in class and went on to win the O:125 Sprint Championship. Barry on the other hand had a disastrous weekend. He qualified on pole in has class but did not finish the first race do to a technical problem the win went to Nigel Edwards. Barry won race two wit ha faultless performance with Edwards in second. However in race three disaster struck when entering turn four on lap four the engine stopped suddenly, the win went again to Edwards. The cause was the con-rod on cylinder 3 broke and came through the side of the engine destroying it. Barry suffered the same problem in the exact same place last year. Edwards went on to take the O:350 Sprint Championship.
Records Week 2005 (31st October - 4th November)
'Records Week' is a week long event organised each year at the end of the season for the drivers of all shapes and sizes of boats (Circuit, Offshore, Pleasure craft, etc) to find how fast their boats are to try and break the National and World records for the class they race. This year it was held on Coniston Water, this is due to the 10mph speed limit being imposed on Lake Windermere. Records Week is very weather dependant for us because for the smaller craft such as Wayne's F:125 to achieve the maximum speed possible the water needs to be perfectly flat - ideally like a mirror.
This year again there was only one representative (Wayne) from Team Turner. Barry was not taking part do to having engine trouble earlier in the year and destroying his best engine. Unfortunately this year the weather conditions were not favourable to high speed runs. The wind was quite strong and the water was rough for just about all of the week. However Wayne did get one from on Wednesday afternoon. His outward run was 71.172mph and his return run was 75.292mph. This gave him an average speed of 73.21mph. This was slower than his current National Record (73.48mph). After this run the weather turned for the worst and he was unable to try and 'back-up' his return run speed of 75.292mph. This was unfortunately the only run Wayne got all week.
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