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The 2019 UIM V2 World Powerboat Championship curtain-raiser at St Paul’s Bay, Malta

John Moore on 24th April 2019

Following last year’s successful launch of the one-design class of SVR-27 Canopy Race Boats, the UIM (Union Internationale Motonautique) awarded the series promoters VOOMQUEST a World Championship title for 2019 at their General Assembly last October in Lebanon.

St Paul’s Bay, Malta, will play host to the first Grand Prix of the 2019 UIM V2 World Championship this weekend, 26-28 April.

The GP will include a combination of Official Testing, Super Pole Position Trials and 3 full Grand Prix races over a course of 3.1 Nautical Miles.

To spice things up further, the VQ race course design will also include the introduction of a Penalty Lane.

The confirmed teams participating in this first GP for 2019 are:

2019 UIM V2 World Championship - St Paul’s Bay, Malta - Entrants

Race NumberBoat NameDriverCo-DriverCountry
#6Team Lethiec Yannick LethiecClaude Vaccari FRA
#11Team Freccia BluBeppe DebonoDustin Mifsud MLT
#19 Team Interceptor RemaxMichael XuerebJonathan Aquilina MLT
#31Team Atomic & Grey Benjamin van Riet Francis Notschaele / Robbe van Riet BEL
#55 Team Marine DiffusionDominique MartiniJean Luc Martini FRA
#77 Team Cutting EdgeSteve BezzinaMichael Abela MLT
#88Team El Diablo Clive ButlerSammy Grima MLT

VOOMQUEST founder and 5-time World Champion Aaron Ciantar, commented on the series:

In less than a year, this event was recognised as a World Championship and given international rights.

This is the first Maltese organised Championship that holds an international title, having pilots from Malta, France, Belgium and Corsica.

The Executive Chairman of Enemed, the main sponsor behind this event, Kevin Chircop said:

Once again, we are very excited about this championship and look forward to having more teams competing in this world-class race. This will surely be another seal of approval for our fuels and their quality.

epower petrol was specifically developed by Enemed for high performance, and what an opportunity better than a powerboat championship to showcase this.

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