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Brindisi Plays Host to UIM F2 Round 3

Chris Davies on 23rd August 2019

Back in 2013 when the UIM F2 World Championship first visited the city of Brindisi on the Adriatic coast of Southern Italy, Swedish drivers were ever present on the race podium steps but it wasn’t just the likes of Erik Stark and Pierre Lundin who were collecting the winners laurels.

In fact, and much to the delight of the huge numbers of spectators it was Ola Pettersson who took his BaBa raceboat to a stunning victory and he told me:

That was one of the best moments of my life.

Some six years later he can still vividly remember how the race unfolded and describes it as one of the toughest he’s raced in.

I qualified well for that Grand Prix and started alongside Stark who was on pole.

Such was their dominance that five of the top six grid positions were occupied by Swedish racers.

As the start lights went out Stark was left behind by both Pettersson and Paolo Zantelli.

Pettersson had taken precautions including using a tinted helmet visor and a darker canopy glass to counter this tricky situation.

The low setting sun was really terrible.

A mistake by Zantelli allowed Pettersson to take the race lead but even he was struggling:

The spray was causing me a big headache because the saltwater stuck to the screen like glue.

Stark was also on a charge and overtook Pettersson with just a hand full of laps to go. Then when they were approaching back markers Stark was left with little choice for manoeuvres and took out the turn buoys at the top end of course.

This effectively handed Pettersson the race win but as he said you have to be in the mix to pick up the trophies.

I’m really looking forward to going back to Brindisi as I want to show my fiancé Jacqueline one of the nicest racecourses we compete on.

Yes, it has several challenges including the incredible heat and the ever-present problem of finding the perfect propeller to run.

From a personal point of view, I need to up my game in qualifying, but I like technical courses like this one because for once natural talent plays a bigger part than just having large amounts of cash to throw at it in pursuit of that prize.

The action in Brindisi gets under way at 10:00 local time on Saturday morning with free practice, while the three-stage qualifying session starts at 16:00.

Following the repêchage beginning at 10.45 on Sunday morning, the top fifteen qualifiers begin their 45-minute warm up at 11.30 prior to the Grand Prix of Italy commencing at 18.30.

2019 UIM F2 Grand Prix of Italy

SWE2Johan ÖsterbergTeam AJOMolgaardMercury 200 XS
GBR3 Owen JelfOwen Jelf RacingBaBaMercury 200 XS
UAE4Ahmad Al FahimVictory TeamVictoryMercury 200 XS
Rupp TemperTemper RacingDACMercury 200 XS
SWE6Ola PetterssonSkåne Racing TeamMolgaardMercury 200 XS
USA8Brent DillardDillard SportsMooreMercury 200 XS
NOR9Mette Brandt BjerknæsMBRMooreMercury 200 XS
SWE10Oskar SamuelssonOS RacingMolgaardMercury 200 XS
SWE11Bimba SjöholmTeam SjöholmMolgaardMercury 200 XS
NED17 Ferdinand ZandbergenSharjah TeamBaBaMercury 200 XS
Stefan HaginRowe PowerboatMolgaardMercury 200 XS
UAE27Manoor Al MansooriVictory TeamVictoryMercury 200 XS
Rashed Al QemziTeam Abu DhabiDACMercury 200 XS
UAE36 Rashed Al TayerTeam Abu DhabiDACMercury 200 XS
ESP37 Hector SanzIcar Nautica RacingDACMercury 200 XS
LTU41 Edgaras RiabkoF2 LithuaniaDACMercury 200 XS
POR45 Duarte BenaventeAtlantic TeamMooreMercury 200 XS
SWE54Daniel SegenmarkSF2RDACMercury 200 XS
ITA57Paolo LonghiRainbow TeamDACMercury 200 XS
NOR77Tobias Munthe-KaasStromoy RacingBaBaMercury 200 XS
ITA85Luca FornasarigDACMercury 200 XS
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