World O:125 Championship
Brodenbach, Germany (12th - 13th June)
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 UIM O:125 World Championships was held at the picturesque venue of Brodenbach on the river Mosel, Germany. There were 22 drivers from 8 countries entered for the event, but with the starting grid being limited to only 20 boats qualification races would have to take place to eliminate 2 drivers. In timed practice Wayne posted the third fastest time, with Massimo Rossi (ITA) fastest and René Behncke (GER) second. This meant Wayne was second on the grid for his qualification race. However his engine bogged down slightly at the start and as he exited the first turn he and another competitor collided. This put a small hole in the side of the boat. This was quickly patched for the restarted race but as the race went on the water pressure removed the patch and increased the size of the hole, causing the boat to take on water forcing Wayne to stop as the boat was about to sink. With there being insufficient time before the 'last chance' qualification race to make a satisfactory repair Wayne's weekend was over. The 2010 UIM O:125 World Champion was Manuel Zambelli (ITA), with Lembit Aaslav-Kaasik (EST) second and Massimo Rossi (ITA) third.
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 (30th - 31th July), Round 2 is in Bitterfeld, Germany (7th - 8th August) , Round 3 is in Auronzo, Italy (28th - 29th August) and Round 4 is in Boretto, Italy (4th - 5th September)
Round 1 - Mora, Sweden (30th - 31th July)
The first round of the UIM European F:125 Championship had 15 entries from 7 nations. Due to high winds and rough water conditions the race schedule had to be reduced. This meant that instead of a qualification session the grid was decided by a random draw, with Wayne getting 10th spot on the start grid for the first race. Wayne got off to reasonable start but a lack of pace meant Wayne could not progress through the field and finished in 10th position. The win went to Claudio Franzini with Lembit Aaslav-Kaasik second and Manuel Zambelli. In the second race Wayne finished in 12th position. The win again went to Franzini with Vadim Ushakov second and Zambelli third. For the third race some modifications were made to Wayne's engine and this improved his speed and he finished 8th. Franzini made it three out of three with Aaslav-Kaasik second and Massimo Rossi third. More modifications were made to Wayne's engine for the fourth and final race, but because of the disruptions caused by the weather there was no time available for the fourth race. The overall win went to Franzini with Zambelli second and Aaslav-Kaasik third, Wayne finished in 11th position.
Round 2 - Bitterfeld, Germany (7th - 8th August)
The second round of the UIM European F:125 Championship had 15 entries from 8 nations. Once again strong winds caused the schedule to be changed with qualification being reduced to one 30 minute session. In qualifying there was a problem with Wayne's engine and he could only manage to post the 14th fastest time. The lack of performance was found to be caused by a problem with the engine cylinder and was replaced before the first race. Wayne got a good start in the first race and came through the field to finish in 8th position. The win went to Claudio Franzini, with Massimo Rossi second and Manuel Zambelli third. Wayne failed to finish the second race because the fuel pressure regulator failed resulting in the engine to running low on fuel and this caused the engine to seize. The win went to Franzini with Zambelli second and Lembit Aaslav-Kaasik third. With his engine repaired Wayne put in a good performance to finish 5th in the third race despite starting at the end of the grid. The win again went to Franzini, with Aaslav-Kaasik second and Zambelli third. In the fourth and final race Wayne did not get a very good start and dropped down the field going into the first turn; however he battled on and crossed the line in 8th position. The win went to Aaslav-Kaasik, with Henryk Synoracki second and Rossi third. The overall win went to Fanzini, with Aaslav-Kaasik second and Zambelli third, Wayne finished in 8th position.
Round 3 - Auronzo, Italy (28th - 29th August)
Round 4 - Boretto, Italy (4th - 5th September)
# - 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 - Kingsbury Water Park, Warwickshire (19th - 20th June)
With Wayne's boat still being repaired he was forced to borrow Barry's O:350 outfit for the first round of the RYA National Outboard Hydroplane Championship. This meant he was always going to struggle against the far newer and more competitive boats of the opposition. However Wayne put in a good performance considering he had only raced this boat once before a couple of years ago. Wayne had to settle for fourth place overall despite holding on to third place for most of race three before being passed on the last lap.
Round 2 - Oulton Broad, Suffolk (12th September)
Round 3 - Stewartby Lake, Bedfordshire (25th - 26th September)
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