This weekend Augustów in Poland plays host to the Orlen Necko UIM Endurance World Championship. It will be the seventeenth time that Augustów has held a race but this time the organisers have taken the decision to shorten the course from three to two kilometres.
Amongst the favourites for the championship are two French teams Arion Racing Team and Team Boat 99 that have been World Endurance Champions in previous years.
Jérémy Brisset from Teamboat 99 and his crew have arrived in Poland, with a view to preserving their title.
Last year, we won the two six-hour races, and therefore also the overall world title. This year, the goal is to do the same. I have the same teammates Quentin Dailly and Romuald Kauffmann, along with the same crew, and the same equipment, and of course we are aiming to leave with same result.
This year, a new Polish-Lithuanian Toma Racing Team will take part consisting of Paulius Stainys from Lithuania, who is the current Formula 4 European vice-champion. Marcin Zieliński, who won the bronze medal at the 2021 Formula 500 European Championships.
Michał Rogalski, who has previously finished on the podium in the endurance championship and Jakub Rochnowski, the Polish GT30 Champion.
There will also be well-known pilots from the UIM F4 class. Team 51 with Latvian Nils Slatkeris, who competed in Augustów for the first-time last year and managed to take third place with his team in Saturday’s race. This year he will be accompanied by the Estonian racer Stefan Arand making his endurance debut.
Once again, the Arion Racing Team will have the experience of Margot Lemesle in their driver line up and making her debut in Shark Racing Team will be German racer Marie-Luies Schilling who normally competes in her Formula R1000 MLS team.
On Friday, the fans will have the opportunity of seeing the teams close up when the popular boat parade passes through the streets of Augustów. It can be said that this is an Augustów specialty, because nowhere else during the Endurance World Championship do they hold a street parade. Then later in the evening at the Zygmunt August Market Square, during the official opening of the competition, all the teams will be presented.