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 Mysliborz, Poland (27th - 28th May), Round 2 is in Tallin, Estonia (22nd - 23rd July), Round 3 is in Mora, Sweden (28th - 30th July), and Round 4 is in Bitterfeld, Germany (11th - 13th August)
Round 1 - Mysliborz Poland (27th - 28th May)
The turnout for the first round of the European F-125 Championship was good with nine entries from five countries. The weather for qualifying was good and Wayne set the second fastest time with Lembit Aaslav-Kaasik (reigning F-125 European Champion) on pole and Toomas Mets (reigning F-125 World Champion) in third. In the first race Wayne got a good start but lost out to Mets and came home in third place. The win went to Aaslav-Kaasik with Mets in second. In the second race Wayne again got of to a good start and was battling with Mets and Aaslav-Kaasik during the opening part of the race but again finished in third. The win this time went to Mets with Aaslav-Kaaasik in second. In the third race Wayne again got off to a good start but on the first lap Sebastian Kecinski and Vadin Ushakov had a collision resulting in Ushakovs boat being holed and overturned. This caused the race to be stopped. In the re-run Wayne had an excellent start and was lying in second place going into turn two when his engine momentarily lost power, this caused him to lose second place. Going into turn three Wayne's race came to an end when his cowl came off and water entered the engine causing it to stop. The win went to Aaslav-Kaasik, with Mets in second and Leonid Sabo in third. Before the start of the fourth and final race the water conditions took a turn for the worse when the wind started to blow and the water got quite choppy. Wayne was undeterred and got of to an excellent start considering his starting position (with not finishing the third race he had to start from the end of the grid) and was second going into the first turn. Wayne then passed Mets on the first lap to take the lead, but the race was stopped on safety grounds (by this time the water was very rough). With the weather not looking to improve the final race was not re-run. The final result was Aaslav-Kaasik first, Mets second and Wayne in third. The second round of the European Championship is in Tallinn, Estonia on 22nd and 23rd of July.
Round 2 - Tallinn Estonia (22nd - 23rd July)
1st - T. Mets
2nd - L. Aaslav-Kaasik
3rd - S. Kecinski
Round 3 - Mora Sweden (28th - 30th July)
1st - T. Mets
2nd - L. Aaslav-Kaasik
3rd - L. Sabo
Round 4 - Bitterfeld Germany (11th - 13th August)
The fourth and final round of the championship saw Wayne's return to racing after an eleven week absence whilst recovering from a collapsed lung. The weather was good and this lead to brilliant water conditions. In qualifying Wayne set the third fastest time, just two hundredths of a second behind second place of Lembit Aaslav-Kaasik, with championship leader Toomas Mets on pole. In the first race Wayne got off to a good start but the top three finished the race in the same order as they started, Mets first, Aaslav-Kaasik second and Wayne third. In the second race Wayne again got a good start but again was unable to improve on his starting position and finished third. The win this time went to Aaslav-Kaasik with Mets coming home in second. In the third race Wayne was lying third but battling with Italian Diego Bacchiega, but eventually lost out and finished forth. The win went to Mets with Aaslav-Kaasik finishing second. In the fourth and final race Wayne got a brilliant start and finished the race second behind Mets with Marcin Zielinski finishing third. The overall result was the win going to Mets, Aaslav-Kaasik in second and Wayne taking the final podium place in third. The championship was won by Toomas Mets with Lembit Aaslav-Kaasik finishing runner-up and third place was taken by Marcin Zielinski. Wayne finished in eighth place, but had missed two of the rounds of the championship through illness.
World F:125 Championship
Auronzo Italy (26th - 27th August)
The World F:125 Championship is a one round event comprising of four races with the best three counting to the overall position. It is open to all drivers from around the world.
This year the O:125 World Championship was held in Auronzo di Cadore in Northern Italy. This venue is very picturesque but is nearly 3,000 feet above sea level. This means the engines do not perform as well as normal because of the reduced atmospheric pressure. This also gave the Italians a major home advantage as many had raced there before and know how to set-up their boats and engines for maximum performance.
The entry for the event was very good with 20 boats entered with competitors coming from across Europe and America. The list of competitors contained a number of top flight drivers including Tiziano Trombetta (reigning World and European F:500 Champion), Luigi Colombi (former O/F:250 World and European Champion), Toomas Mets (reigning F:125 World and European Champion), and Lembit Aaslav-Kaasik (former F:125 European Champion).
During practice and qualifying Wayne was struggling to find a good set-up for the engine and a suitable propeller. Wayne managed to post the 9th fastest time with Luigi Colombi qualifying on pole.
In the first race Wayne got a good start from the middle of the grid and was lying in third place, he dropped back to forth but made his way into second place by the end of the race. The win went to Colombi and Lauro Caforio finished third.
In the second race Colombi started early and was penalised 1 lap, this resulted in him finishing in twelfth place. Wayne unfortunately did not get a good start this time. This was caused by the person launching the boat at the start of the race slipping on the wet pontoon. Wayne managed to make his way through the field from the back to finish in fourth place. The win went to Toomas Mets, with Lembit Aaslav-Kaasik in second and Tiziano Trombetta in third.
In the third race Wayne got a good start and made up a place to finish third. The win went to Colombi with Mets in second
In the last race Wayne again got a good start and was lying in third place. The race was then stopped because of a three boat incident on the first turn. One of the people involved was Mets. In the re-run Wayne's engine faltered leaving the start. This caused him to drop to the back of the field. Wayne battled through the field to finish in eighth place; he needed a top three finish in this race to finish on the podium in the final result. The win again went to Colombi with Lembit in second and Salvatore Chiuri in third place.
The overall win went to Luigi Colombi with Lembit Aaslav-Kaasik in second place and the final podium place being taken by Mets. Wayne finished in fourth place.
Note - Points in brackets indicates race that is dropped (best three races out of four count)
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.
Round 1 - Oulton Broad Suffolk (1st May)
This year there was only one Team Turner representative at the first round of the National Outboard Hydroplane Championship, and this was Wayne. During practice Wayne's engine suffered a 'miss-fire', which was attributed to faulty electrics. This forced Wayne to miss the first race while his engine was being repaired. The first race win went to Paul Hart, with Malcolm Goodman finishing second and Nigel Edwards in third. Wayne's engine was repaired for race two and he came home in third place behind Edwards with Hart taking the win. The start of the third race was delayed due to rough water conditions caused by the blustery weather conditions. When the race did get going Wayne put in a good performance to come in second behind Hart and with Edwards in third place. The fourth and final race was cancelled due to the deteriorating weather conditions. This left Hart with a maximum points win, Edwards in second and Wayne in third.
Round 2 - Barrow Docks Cumbria (10th - 11th June) - Cancelled
Round 3 - Kingsbury Water Park Warwickshire (22nd - 23rd July) - Cancelled
Round 4 - Stewartby Lake Bedfordshire (16th - 17th September)
1st - N. Edwards
2nd - P. Hart
National Outboard Hydroplane Sprint Championship
Stewartby Lake Bedfordshire (5th - 6th 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.
Wayne unfortunately did not compete in this event as he was recovering from a collapsed lung.
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