Class One World Powerboat Championship - Scandinavian Grand Prix

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The 3rd round of the WPPA World Powerboat Championship – the Scandinavian Grand Prix – was won by Bjorn Gjelsten and Steve Curtis with Spirit of Norway putting their world title defense back on track. The second place was won by Victory 77’s Arif Al Zafeen and Jean-Marc Sanchez followed by Sheikh Hassan and Matteo Nicolini in Qatar 96.

The first corner of the start lap produced a spectacular incident when the crew of Jotun, Jorn Tandberg and Christian Zaborowski crashed after taking evasive action to avoid hitting Qatar 95. Fortunately both pilots emerged unscathed from the incident with the boat suffering some damage.

Class One World Powerboat Championship - Scandinavian Grand Prix


After the race the winner Bjorn Gjelsten declared: “We knew how important it was for us to win here. We made a poor start but halfway down the straight managed to edge ahead. We took a risk and went hard into the corner and it paid off. Now we have to remain focused and repeat this win in Romania to keep the pressure on the boats ahead of us in the championship.”

Class 1 now heads to Constanta for the Romanian Grand Prix on Sunday, 2 September, where the European title will be decided, which, barring a disaster looks destined to go to Victory 77. But the Scandinavian Grand Prix win for Gjelsten and Curtis, posts notice to their rivals that the defending World Champions, Spirit of Norway are back to their best and still very much in the hunt for the world title.

Race results
1. Spirit of Norway 10 – B Gjelsten (NOR)/S Curtis (GB) + 00.00,00
2. Victory 77 – A Al Zafeen(UAE)/JM Sanchez (FR) + 00.09,52
3. Qatar 96 – H Al Thani (QAT)/M Nicolini (ITA) + 01.04,29
4. Victory 7 – T Al Sayed (UAE)/N B Hendi (UAE) + 01.33,18
5. Qatar 95 – A Al Sulaiti (QAT)/L Nicolini (ITA) + 1 LAP
6. Spirit of Norway 20 – T Barry-Cotter (AUS)/P Nilsen (NOR) + 1 LAP
7. Foresti & Suardi 8 – M Pennesi (ITA)/G Montavoci (ITA) + 2 LAPS
VM Foresti & Suardi 2 – D Cirilli (ESP)/K Olsen (NOR) – dnf
SeveneleveN 18 – T Polli (ITA)/N Giorgi (ITA) - dnf
Jotun 90 – C Zaborowski (NOR)/J Tandberg (NOR) - dnf
Negotiator 50 – B Eker (NOR)/C Parsonage (GB) – dnf

Class One World Powerboat Championship - Scandinavian Grand Prix

WPPA CLASS 1 WORLD POWERBOAT CHAMPIONSHIP – after round 3 of 8

1. Victory 77 – A Al Zafeen(UAE)/JM Sanchez (FR) – 58pts
2. Qatar 96 – H Al Thani (QAT)/M Nicolini (ITA) – 43pts
3. Victory 7 – T Al Sayed (UAE)/N B Hendi (UAE) – 40pts
4. Spirit of Norway 10 – B Gjelsten (NOR)/S Curtis (GB) – 36pts
5. Qatar 95
– A Al Sulaiti (QAT)/L Nicolini (ITA) – 20pts
6. Foresti & Suardi 8 – M Pennesi (ITA)/G Montavoci (ITA) – 17pts
7. Spirit of Norway 20 – T Barry-Cotter (AUS)/P Nilsen (NOR) – 12pts
8. SeveneleveN 18 – T Polli (ITA)/N Giorgi (ITA) – 8pt
9= Negotiator 50 – B Eker (NOR)/C Parsonage (GB) – 4pts
9= VM Foresti & Suardi 2 – D Cirilli (ESP)/K Olsen (NOR) – 4pts
Jotun 90 – C Zaborowski (NOR)/J Tandberg (NOR) - 0pts


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