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Fetherstonhaugh back on top PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Bedford   
Tuesday, 29 September 2009 20:23

Tim FetherstonhaughTim Fetherstonhaugh made sure of his first overall Formula 1 win in two years when he took all three heat wins at the Parys Golf & Country Estate on the Vaal River. The Port Alfred based driver made his intentions clear on Saturday afternoon when he needed just one lap to claim pole position for the Phakisa Formula 1 Powerboat grand Prix, the second round of the 2009/10 South African F1 Championship. Brett Stuart's gave him second on the grid with Norwegian Marit Strømøy less than a tenth of a second behind in third.

Elzane de Jager set the fourth fastest time but broke a crank on her second run around the course. The resulting engine change dropped her down the grid and promoted Robert Shepard to fourth with Steven Zungu and Andre Kemp Snr the only other drivers to set qualifying times.

Elzane de Jager wins season opener PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Bedford   
Thursday, 03 September 2009 14:29
Elzane de JagerDespite a few mistakes, Elzane de Jager showed why she is regarded as one of South Africa's best drivers when she won Vaal River Carnival Emerald F1 Powerboat Grand Prix on Sunday. In a fitting end to Women's Month, Elzane became the first female to take an overall victory in a South African Formula 1 Championship event.

Brett Stuart on top of the time sheets in qulaifying on Saturday afternoon just ahead of Tim Fetherstonhaugh, who was making a welcome return to the F1 grid. Norwegian visitor Marit Strømøy lost the initial battle of the fairer sex, qualifying just behind Elzane. Steven Zungu ended the session fifth ahead of Robert Shepard. Terri Mitchell, the third lady on the grid, set the seventh fastest time. An overnight engine change resulted in Shepard having to move to the back of the grid.

Brett Stuart used his pole position to good advantage at the beginning of the first heat and set about building a comfortable lead. A minor coming together between Elzane de Jager and Tim Fetherstonhaugh at the second turn buoy allowed Marit Strømøy to slip past de Jager and take third behind Fetherstonhaugh. Stuart looked to be headed for a comfortable win when engine problems forced him to slow. He dropped down the field eventually crossing the line in fourth place behind Fetherstonhaugh, Strømøy and de Jager. Robert Shepard end the best of the rest ahead of Steven Zungu, Andre Kemp Snr and Terri Mitchell.
Erik Stark takes pole in Durban PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 06 June 2009 16:57

Sweden's Erik Stark showed the South African drivers the way around Hazelmere Dam outside Durban earlier today when he grabbed Pole position for tomorrow's Lotto F1 Powerboat Grand Prix. Stark's time of 43.64 seconds was 1.2 seconds quicker than second placed Robert Shepard. Paul Shepard, who already has the South African title in the bag, was third quickest although engine problems limited his speed.

Elzane de Jager, currently in second place in the championship, will start the first heat tomorrow in fourth place alongside Terri Mitchell. Brett Stuart destroyed a bearing in his motor during the first practice session this morning and was unable to set a time in qualifying. He will start in sixth ahead of Darren Beattie and Steven Zungu who were also kept on the bank by technical problems.

The first of tomorrow's three heats gets underway at Hazelmere Dam at 11h30. 
Season finale at Hazelmere Dam PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Bedford   
Thursday, 04 June 2009 14:52

The final event of the 2008/9 South African F1 Powerboat Series will take place at Hazelmere Dam on 6 & 7 June 2009. Although Paul Shepard has secure the title there will still be plenty of competition as three drivers are in with a chance of taking the runner's-up spot. Elzane de Jager is currently in second place on 106 points but Brett Stuart is only seven points behind her with Robert Shepard just four points further back. In addition Sweden's Erik Stark will be out on the water providing the South Africans with some international competition.

It won't be just the F1 boats out on the waters of Hazelmere Dam. They will be supported by a full programme of junior and development racing with plenty of activity on the banks to keep the whole family entertained.

Boats will be on the water from 09h30 on Saturday when the first practice session for the Formula 1 boats begins with the last race of the day scheduled to end at 16h15.

On Sunday the Formula 1 boats will have a practice session at 09h00 with the first of the three heats that make up the Grand Prix scheduled for 11h30. The other two heats will be run at 14h00 and 15h30.

A full programme is available for downlaod.

Paul Shepard claims his fifth title PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 26 April 2009 18:22

Paul ShepardPaul Shepard claimed his fifth successive South African F1 Powerboat Series title at Bloemhof Dam today when he won the Free State F1 Powerboat Grand Prix. After the adverse weather conditions force the postponement of yesterday’s scheduled activities the Formula 1 boats took to the water early this morning for their practice session and time trials. Shepard served indication of his intentions when he set the fastest time in qualifying, lapping the four-turn course in just 30.03 seconds. Brett Stuart was next in line 1.1 seconds further back with Elzane de Jager in third. Robert Shepard, Steven Zungu and Darren Beattie rounded out the top six.

Brett Stuart harassed Paul Shepard all the way in the first heat and the duo opened a considerable gap at the front of the field. Despite briefly taking the lead, Stuart had to settle for second place. Steven Zungu crossed the line in third place but was penalized for a jump start which dropped him down to fifth. Robert Shepard was classified third ahead of Elzane de Jager. Terri Mitchell and Darren Beattie ended in sixth and seventh respectively.