European F:250 Championship
The European F:250 Championship is a four round series for the 250cc Outboard Hydroplanes and is open to all European drivers. Round 1 is in Boretto, Italy (7th - 8th May), Round 2 is in Baja, Hungary (2nd - 3rd July), Round 3 is in Bitterfeld, Germany (13th - 14th August)and Round 4 is in Viverone, Italy (3rd - 4th September).
Round 1 - Boretto, Italy (7th - 8th May)
At Round 1 of the UIM F:250 European Championship held in Boretto, Italy Wayne qualified in 7th position, but only 0.3 seconds away from 4th. Pole position went to Rene Behncke. In Race 1 Wayne got an exceptional start and exited the first turn in 3rd position, which he maintained to the end of the race. The win went to Behncke with Julian Codling second. In the second race Wayne got a reasonable start but could not repeat his race one performance and finished in 5th position. The win went to Behncke, with Massimiliano Cremona second and Codling third. Wayne's start in race three was not very good as the engine bogged down and he dropped to the back of the field. He however battled through the field to finish in 5th place. The win again went to Behncke, with Codling second and Cremona third. In the fourth and final race Wayne again did not get a perfect start and dropped through the field but quickly moved up to fifth position. He had a race long battle with Francesco Marsala but could not find a way past the heavily defending Italian. The win went to Codling with Cremona second and Dimity Gerasymenko third. The overall win went to Rene Behncke with Julian Codling second and Massimiliano Cremona third. Wayne finished in 5th position which he was happy with considering this was his first race in the boat and that gearbox and weather problems meant that he had only completed 25 laps of testing prior to the event.
Round 2 - Baja, Hungary (2nd - 3rd July)
At Round 2 of the UIM F:250 European Championship held in Baja, Hungary Wayne qualified in 5th position, with pole position going to Rene Behncke. In the first race Wayne got a good start moving into fourth position has he exited the first turn and progressed to third by the end of the race. The win went to Behncke with Julian Codling second. In the second race Wayne got another good start and moved into second position before the first turn. He maintained this position until two laps before the end of the race when he was passed by Codling and he crossed the finish line in third, the win again went to Behncke. In the third race Wayne again finished in third position, with Behncke taking the win and Codling second. For the fourth and final race Wayne tried a different propeller and this improved his pace and was leading the race until the gearbox broke. The overall win went to Rene Behncke with Julian Codling second and Wayne third. This result moves Wayne up to joint third in the championship standings with two rounds remaining.
Round 3 - Bitterfeld, Germany (13th - 14th August)
At Round 3 of the UIM F:250 European Championship held in Bitterfeld, Germany Wayne qualified in fourth position, with pole position going to Rene Behncke. In the first race Wayne got an exceptional start and was neck and neck with Behncke and Julian Codling on the run to the first turn. Wayne exited the first turn in third position, but as he tried to pass Codling on the inside of turn two the boot hooked in the rough conditions dropping him down the order. Wayne then recovered well to finish in fifth position. The win went to Behncke, with Codling second and Michal Kosut third. In race two Wayne again got a good start, but as in the first race going round turn two the boat hooked and the engine lost power, yet again dropping him down the order. This time Wayne could only manage sixth position as the boat seemed to be lacking some pace. The win went to Behncke, with Codling second and Dimity Gerasymenko third. After the race the engine lift system was found to be working incorrectly and this is what caused Wayne's problems in the first two races. For the third race Wayne got another very good start and finished the race in third position. The win again went to Behncke, with Codling finisfing second. Going into the fourth and final race Wayne still had the chance of a podium finish in the final classification but the engine bogged going away from the start line causing him to drop to the back of the field, he however fought back to cross the finish line in fourth position. This result however meant he finished fifth in the overall classifications. Rene Behncke took the overall win with Julian Codling second and Dimity Gerasymenko third. This result sees Wayne drops to fourth in the championship standings with one round remaining.
Round 4 - Viverone, Italy (3rd - 4th September)
At the fourth and final round of the UIM F:250 European Championship held in Viverone, Italy Wayne had mixed fortunes. He qualified in fifth place and finished the first race in third place, but in the third race he was forced to retire with a broken propeller and also had a DNF in the fourth race caused by engine failure. Rene Behncke took the overall win with Julian Codling second and Massimiliano Cremona third. Wayne finished in a disappointing sixth place, his worst finish of the year. This result means Wayne finishes in fourth place in the championship, a credible result considering this is his first year in the 250cc category.
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 (11th - 12th June)
At the first round RYA Nation Outboard Hydroplane Championship Wayne was suffering from engine electrical problems and this was hampering his performance. However he managed to finish in 3rd position despite the problems, with the win going to Julian Codling and Kevin Turner finishing second.
Round 2 - Oulton Broad, Suffolk (18th August)
At the second round of the RYA Nation Outboard Hydroplane Championship Wayne finished in second position despite not having the optimum set-up for the race circuit, caused by gearbox and propeller breakages sustained at the previous rounds of the European championship. The win went to Julian Codling with Kevin Turner finishing in third.
Round 3 - Stewartby Lake, Bedfordshire (24th - 25th September)
At the third and final round of the RYA Nation Outboard Hydroplane Championship Wayne finished in third position. The win went to Nigel Edwards with Julian Codling finishing in second.
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