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17 UIM F2 boats in Portugal this weekend

Tony Blom-Pettersen on 5th September 2022

Round 3 of the 2022 UIM F2 World Championship will take place in Ribadouro, Portugal this weekend with 17 competitors officially entered.

Team Abu Dhabi’s Mansoor Al Mansoori goes in to the event with a tree point lead over Germany’s Stefan Hagin.

Sami Seliö is third in the championship with 22 points, ten behind Hagin.

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So Seliö So Close.
Currently sitting in third place in the UIM F2 World Championships is the Sharjah Team racer Sami Seliö, now heading into the penultimate round of this year’s championship he is looking to move closer to that top spot.
“To be honest we hadn’t planned to race in Portugal” Seliö said. “Then we looked at the points table following the round in Lithuania and saw that I was third overall. So, I said OK, let’s go because it’s good for Sharjah International Marine Sports Club and it’s good for team moral. These two rounds will probably be my last in F2 because next year we will introduce a local Sharjah racer and he will race in this championship.”
With a ten-point breathing space separating Seliö and the Norwegian racer Tobias Munthe-Kaas back in fourth, he now feels comfortable enough to chase down Stefan Hagin who is just ahead of him and someone that he beat at the last round held in Kupiškis, Lithuania.
‘Hagin is a very experienced driver who has one of the new fast DAC hulls, so for sure it’s not going to be easy. We both had engine issues in Kupiškis so anything can happen but that’s racing.”
During that Lithuanian Grand Prix Seliö had struggled to get off the start line and immediately knew he had a problem. Fortunately for him there was a rolling restart following an incident involving Johan Österberg and Bimba Sjöholm, which meant he could quickly reclaim the positions he had dropped. Back in their workshop they discovered that some of the fuel injectors were not working properly.
“Big time surprise that I managed to finish on the podium with an engine that wasn’t working one hundred per cent” commented Seliö.
“F2 is on the limit right now, it’s so tight but for sure the podium is our target.”
The Sharjah Team have one more test session to complete before they make their way to the penultimate round of this year’s championship which takes place on September 10-11 in Ribadouro Baião on the Douro River about seventy kilometres east of the city of Porto.
Seliö had the pleasure of meeting up with Brock Cohen and his Australian team who have based themselves in Portugal before Cohen will make his UIM F2 World Championship debut this weekend.
“They have been super busy since they arrived in Portugal. They are well prepared and the boat looks good. It’s really great to see them as now we have drivers from the US and Australia which will raise the profile on a true world-wide scale.”
Technical Scrutineering gets under way for the team on Friday 9 September before the seventeen drivers get the opportunity of Free Practice the following morning.
DriverBoat #TeamCountryPolandLithuaniaPortugalPortugalTotal
Mansoor Al Mansoori 36Team Abu DhabiUAE152035
Stefan Hagin 19 Rowe/RPM PowerboatGER201232
Sami Selio17 Sharjah Team UAE71522
Tobias Munthe-Kaas 77Stromoy Racing F2NOR12012
Edgaras Riabko 41F2 Hegelmann LT LTU4711
Giacomo Sacchi 74 Giacomo SacchiMON9DSQ9
Rashed Al Qemzi1Team Abu DhabiUAEDSQ99
Nikita lijcs71LTU156
Marszalek Bartlomiej23Strømøy RacingPOL246
Duarte Benavente 45F1 Atlantic TeamPOR55
Brent Dillard 8JRM RacingUSA33
Colin Jelf 4Jelf Racing GBRDNS33
Owen Jelf3Owen Jelf RacingGBR22
Mette Bjerknes 9JRM RacingGBR11
Johan Österberg2Team AJO SWE
Uvis Slakteris51Riga TeamLTU
Sam Whittle 30Team Powertech GBR
Fabrice Boulier 33Tovax Golf Racing FRA
Bimba Sjöholm 11 Bimba Racing SWE
Peter Morin8China TeamFRADNF
Frode Sundsdal 7TheRaceFactoryNORDNS
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