World O:125 Championship
Tallinn, Estonia (11th - 12th July)
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.
There was a record turnout for the 2009 UIM O:125 World Championship with 28 entries from 9 nations. With the number of entries being greater than the number boats allowed on the starting grid qualification races were required. The grid for the qualification races was decided by a lottery.
Wayne was late getting his new VRP engine and did not take delivery until Friday morning when he arrived in Tallinn. The team had a busy day Friday fitting the new engine and preparing the boat for the practice session that evening. The only part that was not fitted was the device that changes the depth of the propeller on the move. This would have an affect on the starts and top speed but there was not enough time to fabricate a linkage for this part.
Wayne had a bit of luck with the draw for the starting grid for his qualification race as he got pole position. He then went on to win his qualification race and his race time was fast enough to put him in third place for race one of the finals.
In race one Wayne got a good start and held his position into the first turn, but was lacking a bit of speed due to not having much setup time with the new engine. Wayne finished the race in 5th position. The win went to Rene Behncke with Erko Aabrams second and Manuel Zambelli third. In race two Wayne again got a good start and gained a couple of places going into the first turn, but as in the first race the slight reduction in top speed meant Wayne was passed down the straights no matter how hard he drove in the corners. He finished in 5th place again. The win went to Aabrams with Diego Bacchiega second and Behncke third.
Wayne again got a good start for the third race and finished in 4th position. The win went to Aabrams with Billy Allen second and Bacchiega third. With Aabrams wining and Behncke not finishing the third race it meant Aabrams could not be beaten and did not start the fourth and final race. Wayne's start in race four was impeded by another competitor but he managed to recover from this and finish in 3rd position. The win went to Zambelli with Behncke finishing in second position.
The final result was Erko Aabrams as World Champion with Rene Behncke second and Manuel Zambelli third. Wayne finished in 5th position.
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
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 Mora, Sweden (24th - 25th July), Round 2 is in Bitterfeld, Germany (7th - 9th August), Round 3 is in Auronzo, Italy (29th - 30th August), and Round 4 is in Boretto, Italy (5th - 6th September)
Round 1 - Mora, Sweden (24th - 25th July)
The first round of the UIM European F:125 Championship had 15 entries from 7 nations. Wayne qualified in fifth, with pole position going to Marcin Zielinski. In the first race Wayne got a good start but going round the start turn (which had been moved since qualification) he turned too much and was heading in the wrong direction and had to correct, this dropped him down the field but he battled hard and finished in 8th position. The win went to Zielinski, with Diego Bacchiega second and Vadim Ushakov third. In race 2 Wayne's start was not so good and finished the race in 7th position. Bacchiega took the win with Henryk Synoracki second and Ushakov third.
In the third race Wayne got an excellent start and made his way up to 4th by the last lap, but going into the final turn he made a mistake and hit the turn buoy and destroying it. He still crossed the line in fourth but was penalised one lap for destroying the by which put him back to 13th. The win again went Bacchiega with Synoracki second and Erko Aabrams third. In the fourth and final race Wayne had a lot of ground to make after the mistake in race 3. Wayne got a good start and made his way up to 7th position by the end of the race. The win went to Zielinski, with Synoracki second and Viktor Vo third. The overall win went to Diego Bacchiega with Marcin Zielinski second and Henryk Synoracki third. Wayne finished 10th.
Round 2 - Bitterfeld, Germany (7th - 9th August)
The second round of the UIM European F:125 Championship had 17 entries from 7 nations. In the first qualifying session on Friday afternoon Wayne posted the second fastest time. During the second qualifying session on Saturday morning Wayne could not improve on his time and was pushed down to fourth position, pole position went to Diego Bacchiega. Race 1 was aborted due to it being stopped twice (both on the first lap) and with only one re-start being permitted per race.
In Race 2 Wayne got a good start and finished the race in fourth position. The win went to Erko Aabrams with Lembit Aaslav-Kaasik second and Viktor Vo third. In the third race Wayne got pushed wide at the start and dropped down the field. He put in a faultless drive to cross the line in fourth place. However the winner, Manuel Zambelli, was penalised one lap for an infringement at the start of the race. This moved Wayne up to third. The win went to Vo with Daniel Pietrasik second. In the fourth and final race Wayne got a good start away from the jetty but after 40 meters the exhaust silencer baffle broke and partially blocked the exhaust. This restricted the engine power and Wayne finished in 10th position. The win went to Aabrams with Pietrasik second and Vo third. The overall win went to Erko Aabrams with Viktor Vo second and Daniel Pietrasik third. Wayne finished in 4th place.
Round 3 - Auronzo, Italy (29th - 30th August)
The third round of the UIM European F:125 Championship had 17 entries from 7 nations. Wayne qualified in 8th position with pole position going to Erko Aabrams. In race 1 Wayne got a good start but the engine lost performance and finished in 8th position. The win went to Henryk Synoracki, with Aabrams second and Viktor Vo third. In Race 2 Wayne got an excellent start and finished in third position. Synoracki took the win with Aabrams finishing second. In the third race Wayne got a good start but slipped back to 4th. The win went to Lembit Aaslav-Kaasik, with Vo second and Synoracki third. In the fourth and final race Wayne's engine lost power off the start and dropped to the back of the field. Wayne then drove hard and finished in 8th position. The win went Aaslav-Kaasik, with Diego Bacchiega second and Alex Zilioli third. The overall win went to Henryk Synoracki, with Lembit Aaslav-Kaasik second and Viktor Vo third. Wayne finished in 7th position.
Round 4 - Boretto, Italy (5th - 6th September)#
The fourth and final round of the UIM European F:125 Championship had 15 entries from 6 nations. Wayne qualified in 3rd position with pole position going to Viktor Vo. In the first race Wayne got a good start but going round the first turn Erko Aabrams cut across the front causing Wayne to stop. Aabrams crossed the line first but was given a one lap penalty for the problem at the start. The win went to Lembit Aaslav-Kaasik with Vo second and Francesco Marsala third. For the second race Wayne had to start from the back of the grid due to not finishing the first race and could only manage to gain one place going around the first turn. Wayne then put in an exceptional drive to come through the field and pass Manuel Zambelli on the line to take third position. The win went to Aaslav-Kaasik with Henryk Synoracki second. For the third race Wayne got a good start and passed Synoracki round the first turn to move into second position, which he maintained until the end of the race. The win went to Aaslav-Kaasik, with Synoracki third. In the fourth and final race Wayne got an o.k. start and exited the first turn in fourth position, how ever going round the second turn the boat hooked causing him to stop. The win went to Aaslav-Kaasik, with Synoracki second and Aabrams third. The overall win went to Lembit Aaslav-Kaasik, with Henryk Synoracki second and Wayne third.
# - Tie decided on result count-back
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 speeds of the different classes. The O:125's do 6 laps, O:250, O:350 and O:500 do 7 laps and F:500 and O:700 do 8 laps. The start time for the different classes is then adjusted by the handicap calculated from the qualifying times (the handicaps are based on the fastest lap achieved in qualifying for the different classes of boats). At each race meeting there are four heats with the best three going through to the final result.
Round 1 - Oulton Broad Suffolk (24th - 25th May)
The weather was again hot and sunny for the first round of the RYA National Outboard Hydroplane Championship. With the new handicap system for this year Wayne was starting on delay (10 seconds for race 1 and 5 seconds for races 2, 3 and 4) compared to the rest of the field. This meant he encountered a considerable amount of rough water at the start of the race and going into the first turn. In heat one on Sunday Wayne finished in 4th and followed this up with a win in the second heat, just beating Keith McVeigh to the finish line. In heat three on Monday Wayne seemed to be lacking a bit of speed and finished in 4th. It was later found this was because of a chafed ignition wire. With the problem fixed Wayne finished second in the fourth and final heat. With there being four different winners for the four heats Wayne's performance was good enough for second place overall. The win went to Keith McVeigh with Peter Rix in third.
Round 2 - Kingsbury Water Park Warwickshire (13th - 14th June)
At round two of the 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 2 Wayne finished in a disappointing 5th position, race three Wayne come home in second and won the fourth and final race. This gave Wayne 3rd overall and moves him into the lead of the championship.
Round 3 - Stewartby Lake Bedfordshire (26th - 27th September)
At the final round of the RYA National Outboard Championship Wayne finished in second place and this result was good enough for him to retain the championship title.
Records Week 2009 (2nd - 6th November)
'Records Week' is a week long event organised each year at the end of the season on Coniston Water for the drivers from all disciplines (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. Records Week is very weather dependant for us because for the smaller craft such as Wayne's O:125 to achieve the maximum speed possible the water needs to be perfectly flat - ideally like a mirror.
The beginning of the week was unsuitable for high speed runs due to strong winds. Fortunately the wind dropped enough Wednesday morning for Wayne to get one attempt. The outward speed was 80.465mph with a return speed of 77.591mph giving an average of 79.03mph, which increased his National record. Thursday morning the weather improved some more and Wayne had two more attempts increasing his speed to an average of 80.92mph. The weather conditions Friday morning were almost perfect and Wayne had three more attempts with the fastest being 83.250mph out and 83.561mph return giving an average of 83.41mph which was just 0.9mph slower than the current World record (which was set prior to a weight limit being introduced). The weather then deteriorated so Wayne was unable to try the changes made to the boat setup in an attempt to break the world record. However Wayne's speed is the fastest recorded since a weight limit was introduced to the class.
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