When the dust settles on the F1H2o race in Amaravati, India, all of those that viewed it will be left with the memory of Marit Strømøy’s incredible drive to second place.
Racing against the mighty Abu Dhabi team, whose three drivers had secured two successive 1-2-3 race finishes in France and China, the gutsty Norwegian lady racer put on one of the finest races of her illustrious racing career.
Race winner Shaun Torrente commented after the race:
Marit did a wonderful job.
She pushed so hard and I knew she would.
Strømøy had struggled away from the start and lost her second place to Erik Stark, but a yellow flag situation played into her hands when the action resumed on lap four and she was reinstated in second.
She then endured massive pressure from Stark who lies second in the F1H2o World Championship, she told Nigel Quilter afterwards:
I tried and pushed as hard as I could till the bitter end but it was a great race for me.
I had a bad start and was a bit lucky with the yellow flag but I could see Shaun was controlling things at the front and I also had to keep my eye on Erik.
I was a little unlucky with the yellow because for once I made a really good start.
Stark told of his difficulty passing the determined lady racer:
After the restart I got up beside her but she held on and after that I pushed as hard as I could but it was not enough.
He then posted on Powerboat Racing World’s Facebook page:
Good job Marit Strømøy I really enjoyed this race!
So did we all Erik.