2008/9 Season
Erik Stark takes pole in Durban PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Bedford   
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
Written by Paul Bedford   
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.

First overall win for Brett Stuart PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Bedford   
Sunday, 05 April 2009 17:55

Brett Stuart lined up on the grid for the first heat of the uMhlatuze / Pace Plan F1 Powerboat Grand Prix in second place but that was the only time he was not in the lead for the rest of the day. He claimed victory in all three heats and with it his first overall win.

Saturday’s time trial was brought to a premature end when Steven Zungu barrel rolled his boat after setting a time that would have put him in third on the grid. Unfortunately there was too much damage to his boat and, despite the best efforts of his crew, he didn’t make it to the start of the first heat. Paul Shepard set the fastest time on Saturday afternoon just 0.14 seconds ahead of Stuart. Elzane de Jager was fourth with Andre Kemp Jnr and Terri Mitchell in fifth and sixth respectively.


Paul Shepard on pole PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Bedford   
Saturday, 04 April 2009 19:51
Paul Shepard managed to grab pole position for tomorrow's uMhlathuze / Pace Plan F1 Powerboat Grand Prix in Richards Bay. He was just 0.14 seconds quicker that Brett Stuart's time of 36.09. Steven Zungu, who brought the session to a premature end when he rolled his boat in front of the Protea Hotel Waterfront, set the third fastest time wih Elzane de Jager fourth. Andre Kemp Jnr and Terri Mitchell, in fifth and sixth, were the only other drivers to post an official time.

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