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 Sacca di Colorno, Italy (5th - 6th May), Round 2 is in Mysliborz, Poland (23rd - 24th June), Round 3 is in Bitterfeld, Germany (10th - 12th August), and Round 4 is in Lauffen, Germany (22nd - 23rd August)
Round 1 - Sacca di Colorno, Italy (5th - 6th May)
Round 1 of the UIM European F:125 Championship attracted a good entry, 14 entrants from 8 nations. The weather was hot and sunny on Saturday and Sunday, but because of the vast amount of debris floating down the outside of the river only practice and qualifying sessions took place on the Saturday with all of the races postponed until Sunday. In qualifying Wayne was struggling to find sufficient top speed and only managed to post the sixth fastest time. The two fastest times were set by Italians, Lauro Caforio on pole and Salvatore Chiuri second. The defending Champion Toomas Mets was third fastest. In the first race Wayne did not get a very good start. The start lights were very dim and Wayne's 'start man' did not see the lights go out! Wayne however did manage to make up one place and come home in fifth position. The win went to pole sitter Lauro Caforio with Toomas Mets in second and Salvatore Chiuri third. For the second race the start lights had been fixed and Wayne got an excellent start and led the field into the first turn. But his lack of top speed showed and he had to battle hard to come home in third place. The win went to Chiuri with Mets finishing second. In the third race Wayne again got a good start and made up a place to finish in second position. The win again went to Chiuri with Caforio third. In the fourth and final race Wayne got of to a good start but his lack of top speed showed again and Wayne finished in third place. Chiuri made it three wins in a row and Mets came home in second. With three race wins Chiuri took the overall win with a maximum 1200 points, Mets finished in second and Wayne took the final place on the podium.
The second round of the championship will take place in Mysliborz, Poland on the 23rd - 24th of June.
Round 2 - Mysliborz, Poland (23rd - 24th June)
Note - Best three races out of four count
Round 3 - Bitterfeld, Germany (10th - 12th August)
At round three of the UIM F:125 European Championship held in Bitterfeld, Germany the first day was cancelled due to high winds. This meant that the two days had to be condensed into one. Practice and qualifying was reduced to just 20 minutes. With the weather conditions not improving fully Wayne did the best he could and qualified in fourth place.
Wayne got a good start in the first race and despite his lack of top speed finished in second place behind Toomas Mets, with Viktor Vo in third. In the second race Wayne got a good start but the engine was not running perfectly and he had to settle for fifth place. The win went to Mets with Lembit Aaslav-Kaasik second and Vadim Ushakov in third. In race three Wayne again got a good start and moved up to fourth place. But on lap two disaster struck as he was going round the pit turn. The front of the boat dug in causing it to hook and over turn. This is the first time Wayne has ‘gone for a swim’ since he has started racing. The re-started race was won by Mets with Aaslav-Kaasik second and Ushakov third. With Wayne unhurt and the boat and engine dried out he started the fourth and final race. With not finishing the third race Wayne had to start from the back of the grid. Wayne made a good start and worked his way through the field to finish in fourth position. The win went to Aaslav-Kaasik with Ushakov second Salvatore Chiuri in third.
The overall win went to Mets with Aaslav-Kaasik second and Ushakov third. Wayne finished in fourth one place ahead of Chiuri (championship leader going into this round). This result means Wayne stays in second place in the championship just two points behind the new leader Mets.
The final round is to be held in Lauffen, Germany on the 22nd – 23rd of August.
Round 4 - Lauffen, Germany (22nd - 23rd August)
The fourth and final round of the UIM European F:125 Championship was held on the river Neckar in Lauffen, Germany. During qualifying Wayne's engine had an intermittent electrical problem that caused the engine to miss-fire. Wayne however managed to post the fourth fastest time. Salvatore Chiuri qualified on pole with Toomas Mets second and Lembit Aaslav-Kaasik third. The start jetty was a little short which meant it was going to be difficult to get a good start. In the first race Wayne got squeezed out at the start and pushed down the field. Wayne fought back to finish in fifth position. The win went to Vadim Ushakov, with Aaslav-Kaasik in second and Mets third. In the second race Wayne got a better start and was battling for third place but was suffering from a lack of top speed and finished in fourth place. The race was won by Chiuri with Ushakov second and Aaslav-Kaasik third. Wayne got a good start in the third race and was again battling for third place when he hit something in the water causing his turning skeg to be partially lifted. This meant that he could not turn as tight and had to settle for fourth place. The win again went to Chiuri with Ushakov in second and Mets third. In the fourth and final race Wayne again got squeezed out at the start and pushed down the field. Wayne could only manage sixth place with the race this time being won by Aaslav-Kaasik, Chiuri finished second and Ushakov third.
The overall win went to Chiuri with Ushakov second and Aaslav-Kaasik third. Wayne finished in fifth position. With Chiuri winning the final round he took the championship title ahead of Mets, with Wayne finishing in third. This is Wayne's highest placed finish in the European Championship.
World O:125 Championship
Znin Poland (6th - 7th October)
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.
The Entry for the re-scheduled 2007 UIM F:125 World Championship was very good. There were 24 entries, and with the circuit only being able to have 20 boats race at a time qualifying races would have to be run. There would be two qualifying races with half the field in each. The top eight from each of these races would progress through to the final races and the remaining eight drivers would have a second chance to qualify in the reprecharge where only the top four places would qualify.
During the first qualifying session Wayne posted the sixth fastest time but broke his best propeller. The fastest time was set by reigning champion Luigi Colombi. With Wayne posting the sixth fastest time meant he lined up in third position for his qualifying race. However at the start of Wayne's qualifying race the person on pole started to head for the wrong turn buoy and hit the boat in second place and Wayne. This damaged Wayne's steering so he had to stop. This meant Wayne would have qualify through the reprecharge. Also in the reprecharge was reigning champion Colombi as he had stopped in his qualifying race. Wayne finished in the race in fourth which gave him twentieth place on the grid for the first of the main races.
At the start of the first race Wayne was taken wide by the person on his inside so he could not make up as many places at the start as he would have liked. Wayne finished in eighth place. Colombi won the race with Toomas Mets second and Ivan Copelli third. In the second race Wayne got a better start finished in fifth place. The race was won by Colombi with Diego Bacchiega second and Mets third. In the third race Wayne again got a good start and was lapping well until the engine lost power for a lap and he could only manage eighth place. The race was again won by Colombi with Mets second and Salvatore Chiuri (2007 European Champion) third. The fourth and final race had to be re-started because Mets stopped in a dangerous position at the first turn. In the re-started race Wayne was lapping well and was up to fourth place but got passed on the line by Henryk Synoracki and finished fifth. The last race was won by Copelli with Bacchiega second and Vadim Ushakov third. Wayne finished seventh overall with the World Championship being won by Colombi, Mets finished second and Copelli third.
Note - Points in brackets indicates race that is dropped (best three races out of four count)
DNQ - Did not qualify
DNF - Did not finish
DNS - Did not starty
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 5½ 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 (27th - 28th May)
The turnout for round one of the 2007 RYA National Outboard Championship was down on numbers with only six entrants. The weather on Sunday was not brilliant with some wind and quite a lot of rain. However Wayne was undeterred and in qualifying put in one of his fastest ever laps of the Oulton Broad circuit. Wayne carried this speed over into the first race and came home in first place ahead of Julian Codling (O:350) and Tomas Cesnys (O:500) in third. Due to the adverse weather conditions the second race was postponed until day two. On day two the weather was not much different to day one but the second race underway after a few delays. Wayne again won with Codling second and Cesnys third. The third race also had the same result as the first two. The fourth and final race was abandoned do to the weather conditions. With maximum points Wayne had secured his first ever National Championship win. Second place went to Codling with Cesnys finishing third. The second round of the Championship will take place on 1st/2nd September at Kingsbury Water Park.
Round 2 - Kingsbury Water Park Warwickshire (1st - 2nd September)
At round two of the 2007 RYA National Outboard Championship Wayne could not attend the first day of competition do to work commitments; this meant he missed the first of the four races. In race one Nigel Edwards (O:350) came home in first place with Malcolm Goodman (O:250) second and Julian Codling (O:350) in third place. In race two Wayne showed a good turn of speed and finished in first place, with Edwards having mechanical problems Goodman came home in second with Codling third. For races three and four the new handicap system (to account for the differing engine sizes) was not implemented correctly and the results had Wayne listed in third and second places respectively when he should have actually won both of these races. The final result was Edwards first, Wayne second and Goodman third however this result is being appealed. This result (regardless of the outcome of the appeal) extends Wayne’s lead in the championship. The final round of the championship will take place on the 15th/16th of September at Stewartby Lake, Bedford.
Round 3 - Stewartby Lake Bedfordshire (15th - 16th September)
At the third and final round of the RYA National Outboard Hydroplane Championship held at Stewartby Lake, Bedford Wayne could not attend the first day of competition due to work commitments. This meant that Wayne missed the first of the four races. Race one was won by Paul Jillings (O:250) ahead of Nigel Edwards (O:350) and Julian Codling (O:350). In race two Wayne got a good start and showed good speed. Edwards was steadily catching and come the end of the race they crossed the line side by side. The finish looked close and it was, Edwards had won by just 0.02 seconds! Jillings came home in third. Edwards had problems at the start of race three and was unable to close the cap to Wayne this time. Wayne won with Edwards second and Codling third. Wayne had a small electrical problem in race four causing him to lap slightly slower than in the previous races and finished second. The race was won by Edwards with Codling again third. The overall win went to Edwards with Wayne second and Codling third. This result means Wayne has won the 2007 RYA National Outboard Hydroplane Championship.
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