To all you speed freaks out there,make sure you keep the weekend of September 24th and 25th free.Stewartby lake,near Bedford is hosting the European powerboat championships 2016 for classes  Formula 2,Formula 4 and GT15.Whether or not you have watched powerboat racing before you will not want to miss this.865

You can expect to see the GT15 class boats jumping and bouncing around in the rough water,as all the drivers try to get to the front and stay there.When you think that these drivers from all over Europe are only aged 10-16 it`s remarkable that they can keep control of their boats.The U.K. must have a good chance in this class with current British champion Thomas Mantripp,Jonathon Brewer and Harvey Smith fresh from his great victory in Norway recently ,trying to make their local knowledge count.However Stefan Arand from Estonia who won the World championship a few weeks ago will be trying to complete the double.1352

Formula 4 ,the small catamaran class has seen the British Champion Sam Whittle dominate the British championship again this year and he will be out to show the European drivers how good he is.Nikita Lijcs from Latvia and Matti-Juho Manninen from Finland have been fighting out the World championship rounds this season and will hope to be on the podium here.Rumor has it that Ben Morse ex British champion will be making a comeback and if so he should be up there.There are many other drivers from Europe and the UK who will want to win this class so it should be a fantastic series of races.IMG_0636

Now onto Formula 2.Expect to see these high powered catamarans flying across the water at speeds of up to 120mph as the drivers push their boats to the limit.

Last years World champion Pierre Lundin from Sweden should be taking part along with Erik Edin also from Sweden who is dicing with Lundin for this years World championship.Britains Matt Palfreyman 2nd in last seasons World championship will be hoping that on home waters he can make his local knowledge and speed count.Several other British drivers will be racing including some who due to lack of funding and work commitments are unable to travel to take part in the World championship rounds.As a matter of interest 2 lady drivers should be racing in this class Bimba Sjohom from Sweden and Mette Brandt Bjerknaes from Norway both of whom have had top 6 finishes recently so they will not be out of contention either.Other drivers to watch out for are Rupp Temper from Austria and Frode Sunsdal from Norway,not forgetting Alberto Comperato the young Italian driver who was Formula 4 champion for the last 2 years and has made the jump to F2 successfully.

Bob H.