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The only way is up for Andrè

John Moore on 14th August 2020

2019 UIM GT30 World Champion, Andrè Faye Solvang, is here in Kupiškis to add a European title to his belt this weekend.

However, a spectacular out of shape moment in his home country of Norway last weekend nearly put paid to his plans.

Photographer Jon Petter Marthinsen captured the incident (above) of Andrè turning his GT30 hull into Norway’s first manned rocket to the stars.

The enthusiastic 16 year old told me this afternoon:

‘It was my mistake really, but no real damage was done to the boat and I’m very exited to be here in Lithuania’.

‘I’m looking forward to trying some different props this afternoon in practice and we will see what set-up to run for tomorrow’s races’.

Those races tomorrow are as follows:


11.50 – 12.40 GT30 Qualification

15.30 – 16.00 GT30 Heat 1

17.45 – 18.15 GT30 Heat 2

With everything that is going on in the world right now, it’s refreshing to have spent some time with a committed young racer who has made the trip here and loves to talk about racing.

He told me with a cheeky smile:

‘Powerboat racing pisses over football’.

He’s clearly not an Arsenal fan.

UIM GT30 European Championship - Kupiškis, Lithuania

#CountryDriverHeat 1Heat 2Heat 3Heat 4Total
7ESTKärol Soodla4000169225794
69FINSami Reinikainen 127169225169563 / 690
76FINSaari Arttu2252259595 545 / 640
47LITMantas Kukcinavičius4012771127325 / 365
27FINNoel Vänttinen169012740336
70SWEHilmer Viberg 7195071237
25FIN Tino Lehto53711753194
87LATRoberts Minings        13*534030136
99FINTino Seppälä 17402222101
73ESTMärten Arula30053083
59LATToms Smilskalns      2230301799
50LATLaura Lakovica-Lakovica95300*400*400*1100 / 1195 / DQ
1NORAndrè Faye Solvang3004003003001000/ 1300 / DQ
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