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 Boretto, Italy (10th - 11th May), Round 2 is in Mysliborz, Poland (21st - 22nd June), Round 3 is in Mora, Sweden (26th - 27th July), and Round 4 is in Bitterfeld, Germany (9th - 10th August)
Round 1 - Boretto, Italy (10th - 11th May)
The first round of the UIM European F:125 Championship had 14 entries from 7 nations. The weather was very hot and sunny on both days. During qualifying Wayne was lacking a bit of top speed and posted the 5th fastest time. Pole position was set by Italian Lauro Caforio. In race one Wayne got a good start and made up a couple of places from the start, but during the race the engine lost some performance and Wayne finished in 8th. The win went to Toomas Mets with Salvatore Chiuri second, and Caforio third. The loss of engine performance was caused by a broken part in the carburettor. Race two had to be re-started because Caforio spun and fell-out at the pit turn on lap 2. In the re-started race Wayne again got a good start and gained several places going into the first turn. Wayne was pushed wide at the pit turn allowing two others to come past. Wayne finished in 6th with the win going to Francesco Marsala, with Chiuri second and Mets third. In race three Wayne again got a good start and was placed third when he exited the first turn. But during the race the engine got a 'miss-fire' causing it to lose power. Wayne finished in 8th position. The win went to Mets with Marsala second, and Henryk Synoraki third. The fourth and final race was cancelled do to a fatal incident in the F:350 class. The overall win went to Mets, with Marsala second and Chiuri third. Wayne finished in 8th place. The next round of the championship will be held in Mysliborz on the 21st/22nd June.
Round 2 - Mysliborz, Poland (21st - 22nd June)
The second round of the UIM European F:125 Championship had 13 entries from 7 nations. During qualification Wayne was again suffering from a lack of top speed, which meant he qualified down in 6th position. In race one Wayne had a characteristically good start and exited turn one in third position. Wayne successfully defended the challenges of Erko Aabrams to finish third. The win went to Henryk Synoracki, with Francesco Marsala second. In race two Wayne again got a good start and exited the first turn in the lead, but with Marsala having more top speed came past down the straight. Marsala took the chequered flag, with Wayne second and Vadim Ushakov third. In race three Wayne got a good start and led the race for a lap before Marsala past him. Again the race was won by Marsala, with Wayne second and Synoracki third. With two wins and a second place Marsala was in an unbeatable position and did not take part in the fourth and final race. This promoted Wayne to pole position on the start jetty. Wayne got a good start and was leading the race, with Synoracki and Aabrams close behind until the last lap when the boat hooked slightly causing Wayne to loose some speed. This allowed Aabrams to close the gap and pass Wayne going over the line to win by 0.6 seconds. Synoracki was third. The overall win went to Marsala, with Wayne second and Synoracki third. This moves Wayne up to fourth in the championship, just three points behind third placed Synoracki. The third round of the championship is to be held in Mora, Sweden on the 26th/27th July.
Round 3 - Mora, Sweden (26th - 27th July)
The third round of the UIM European F:125 Championship had 13 entries from 6 nations. During qualifying Wayne posted the forth fasted time despite lacking some top speed at the end of the straights, pole position was set by Francesco Marsala In the first race Wayne got an exceptional start and exited the first turn in the lead. Wayne held off Marsala for half of the race but was eventually passed and finished second, with Toomas Mets third. In the second race Wayne got a good start and exited the first turn in second place behind Henryk Synoracki. Wayne was challenged by Marsala and Viktor Vo and was eventually passed to finish fourth. The win went to Synoracki with Marsala second and Vo third. Wayne also got a good start in the third race but was again passed by Marsala and Vo. Wayne finished fourth with the win going to Synoracki. Marsala finished second and Vo third. In the fourth race Wayne exited the first turn in second place and battled all race with Mets and Vo and crossed the line in third. The win went to Synoracki with Marsala second. The overall win went to Synoracki with Marsala second and Wayne third. This result means Wayne is now tied for third place in the championship with Mets. The fourth and final round is to be held at Bitterfeld, Germany on the 9th/10th August.
Round 4 - Bitterfeld, Germany (9th - 10th August)
The fourth and final round of the UIM European F:125 Championship had 12 entries from 5 nations. The weather all weekend was windy which led to rough water conditions. As a result Fridays practice session was cancelled. During qualifying on Saturday Wayne posted the fourth fastest time. Pole position was set by Viktor Vo. The water conditions for the first race were not ideal due to the weather conditions. Wayne got a good start and exited the first turn in second place behind Henryk Synoracki but was passed down the straight by Francesco Marsala. Wayne was catching Marsala on the rougher parts of the course but stopped on lap 3 when the plug cap fell off. The win went to Synoracki with Marsala second and Marcin Zielinski third. Because of the non-finish in the first race Wayne had to start from the end of the start jetty. Wayne got an excellent start and moved up to fourth position. Wayne battled all race with Toomas Mets and Vo. Vo eventually got passed and Wayne finished in fifth. The win went to Synoracki with Marsala second and Erko Aabrams third. The third race was started in very rough conditions and going into the second turn Aabrams crashed causing the race to be stopped. Due to the weather conditions and timetable constraints the race re-start and final race were cancelled. This meant Wayne finished down in ninth position overall. The win went to Synoracki with Marsala second and Zielinski third. The UIM European F:125 Championship was won by Francesco Marsala, with Henryk Synoracki second. With Toomas Mets finishing ahead of Wayne he took third position in the championship relegating Wayne to fourth.
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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 (4th - 5th May)
The great weather for the first round of the RYA National Outboard Hydroplane Championship provided near perfect racing conditions. Wayne was showing good pace and set an unofficial class lap record of 45.66 seconds in practice, this time was nearly 2 seconds faster than the current time. This was backed-up with a lap time of 45.78 seconds in the first race, setting a new class lap record. Wayne came home first in all of the races for a maximum points win, with Julian Codling finishing second and Carl Wigg third.
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