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Lon­don, UK — Monday 16 April 2018 — The Brit­ish leg of the flag­ship series of single-seat­er inshore cir­cuit For­mula 1 power­boat racing — the UIM F1H2O World Cham­pi­on­ship Grand Prix of Lon­don — was today launched in the heart of Lon­don.

The spec­tac­u­lar, high-octane event will be held at East London’s his­tor­ic Roy­al Vic­tor­ia Dock for the first time since 1985 on 15–17 June 2018. The UIM F1H2O World Cham­pi­on­ship Grand Prix of Lon­don will offer spec­tat­ors a breath­tak­ingly up-close and per­son­al oppor­tun­ity to watch the light­weight, tun­nel-hull cata­maran power­boats bat­tling each oth­er into turns at over 90mph and hit­ting speeds of up to 140mph on the straights.

 

A photo call and press con­fer­ence were held for the world’s media in the shad­ow of London’s icon­ic Tower Bridge.

 

Those involved. included: Mar­it Stro­moy (NOR), the Emir­ates Racing Team driver and the first woman to ever win a For­mula 1 power­boat Grand Prix; Phil­ippe Chiappe (FRA), CTIC F1 Power­boat China Team driver and three-time world cham­pi­on; Mr. Li Haojie, UIM F1 Com­mit­tee mem­ber and Chair­man of Tian Rong Sports, the loc­al pro­moter of the Grand Prix of Lon­don in asso­ci­ation with H2O Racing; Jules Chap­pell OBE, Man­aging Dir­ect­or, Busi­ness at Lon­don & Part­ners, the May­or of London’s offi­cial agency pro­mot­ing Lon­don inter­na­tion­ally as a lead­ing world city in which to invest, work, study and vis­it; Nicolo di San Germano, Pres­id­ent of H2O Racing, the pro­moter of the UIM F1H2O World Cham­pi­on­ship; and Joanna Jones, Com­mer­cial Dir­ect­or of Lon­don Tech Week, Europe’s largest fest­iv­al of tech­no­logy and innov­a­tion.

 

Mr. Li Haojie, Chair­man of Tian Rong Sports, com­men­ted:

As a Chinese com­pany, we are hon­oured and delighted to stage the UIM F1H2O World Cham­pi­on­ship Grand Prix of Lon­don for the first time. We believe that this event, which echoes China’s ‘Belt and Road’ ini­ti­at­ive, will con­sti­tute a highly pos­it­ive effect on London’s inter­na­tion­al status, as well as East London’s devel­op­ment.

Nicolo di San Germano, com­men­ted:

The UK has a long­stand­ing asso­ci­ation and love affair with power­boat racing, so for us it was a nat­ur­al decision to add Lon­don to the exclus­ive UIM F1H2O World Cham­pi­on­ship cal­en­dar. London’s track record of not only host­ing inter­na­tion­ally renowned sport­ing events, but also its unri­valled suc­cess cre­at­ing legacies for these sports was a major attrac­tion. We believe the UIM F1H2O World Cham­pi­on­ship Grand Prix of Lon­don will help to fur­ther expand the World Championship’s glob­al fan base, and we’re excited to give London’s spec­tat­ors a unique and thrill­ing exper­i­ence.

Laura Cit­ron, CEO at Lon­don & Part­ners, the May­or of London’s offi­cial pro­mo­tion­al agency for the city, said:

From the 2012 Olympic and Para­lympic Games to the IAAF Sum­mer of World Ath­let­ics in 2017, Lon­don has proved it excels at host­ing great sport­ing events, and really can put on a show. It is fant­ast­ic to wel­come UIM For­mula 1 World Cham­pi­on­ship power­boat racing back after 33 years, and we look for­ward to wel­com­ing vis­it­ors from all over the world for what will no doubt be a thrill­ing event.

The UIM F1H2O World Cham­pi­on­ship Grand Prix of Lon­don will be staged at Roy­al Vic­tor­ia Dock from Fri­day 15 until Sunday 17 June 2018. On Fri­day the F1H2O power­boats will have a free prac­tice ses­sion. On Sat­urday qual­i­fy­ing will see the 10 F1H2O teams bat­tling the clock and vying for pole pos­i­tion. While on Sunday after­noon racing will get under­way fol­low­ing an hour’s free prac­tice ses­sion and a parade lap.

 

As well as watch­ing 10 teams battle for the F1H2O Grand Prix of Lon­don title; spec­tat­ors will also be treated to nine teams com­pet­ing in the For­mula 4-S class, in which the sport’s up-and-com­ing drivers learn to hone their skills. While For­mula 4-S power­boats have less power­ful engines (60bhp) than those in F1H2O, they still man­age to reach speeds of over 70mph.

 

There will also be demon­stra­tions over the course of the week­end from his­tor­ic­al power­boats; jet skis; a 14-metre, five-tonne, V12 Class 1 off­shore power­boat, which will hit a straight-line speed of up to 100mph; and juni­or, entry-level power­boats piloted by the next gen­er­a­tion of Brit­ish tal­ent.

 

Gen­er­al tick­ets and VIP tick­ets (which include a range of hos­pit­al­ity pack­ages) are avail­able for the UIM F1H2O World Cham­pi­on­ship Grand Prix of Lon­don. For fur­ther inform­a­tion, gen­er­al enquir­ies about the UIM F1H2O World Cham­pi­on­ship Grand Prix of Lon­don, and details of how your busi­ness can be part of the UIM F1H2O World Cham­pi­on­ship Grand Prix of Lon­don please vis­it www.f1h2o.co.uk. Altern­at­ively, you can con­tact Mark Thomas at F1H2OLondonService@hotmail.com

 

The UIM F1H2O World Cham­pi­on­ship Grand Prix of Lon­don will be part of the head­line event pro­gramme at this year’s Lon­don Tech Week, Europe’s largest fest­iv­al of tech­no­logy and innov­a­tion, with a range of events held across the city from 11–17 June 2018.

UIM F1H2O World Cham­pi­on­ship Grand Prix of Lon­don Key Mes­sages

  1.  The Brit­ish leg of the 2018 UIM F1H2O World Cham­pi­on­ship — the UIM F1H2O World Cham­pi­on­ship Grand Prix of Lon­don — will be held at East London’s his­tor­ic Roy­al Vic­tor­ia Dock on 15–17 June. Prac­tice ses­sions are sched­uled for Fri­day; qual­i­fy­ing will take place on Sat­urday; while race day is sched­uled for Sunday after­noon.
  2. This will be the fourth time that the UIM For­mula 1 World Power­boat Cham­pi­on­ship has been staged in Lon­don, and the first time since 1985.

The UIM F1H2O World Cham­pi­on­ship is the ‘flag­ship’ inter­na­tion­al series of single-seat­er inshore cir­cuit For­mula 1 Power­boat Racing, and dur­ing 2018 will be con­tested by nine teams and drivers from 12 coun­tries (Aus­tralia, China, Fin­land, France, Ger­many, Italy, Nor­way, Poland,

Por­tugal, Sweden, UAE and USA).

  1. The UIM F1H2O World Cham­pi­on­ship Grand Prix of Lon­don will return to East Lon­don — a 
bridge­head of the “Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive” — after 33 years, pro­mot­ing the devel­op­ment of East 
Lon­don, Sino-Brit­ish trade, and the cul­tur­al exchanges of coun­tries along the route.
  2. Dur­ing 2018 teams will com­pete at three Grands Prix in Europe: Por­timao, Por­tugal (18–20 May); Lon­don, UK (15–17 June); and Evi­an, France (29 June-1 July); three Grands Prix in Asia: Xiangy­ang, China (Septem­ber — exact date TBC); and Shang­hai, China (1–2 Octo­ber); GP TBA (22–24 Novem­ber); and two Grands Prix in the Middle East: Abu Dhabi, UAE (6–8 Decem­ber); and Shar­jah, 
UAE (13–15 Decem­ber).
  3. The UIM F1H2O World Cham­pi­on­ship attracts the world’s lead­ing drivers, who nav­ig­ate the 
light­weight, twin-spon­son, tun­nel-hull cata­marans into turns at over 90mph, cre­at­ing as much 
force as six Gs, and top 140mph on the straights.
  4. The For­mula 1 class at the UIM F1H2O World Cham­pi­on­ship Grand Prix of Lon­don will be 
sup­por­ted by the F4-S Trophy Cham­pi­on­ship, which has been the sup­port class since 2011.
  5. Tech­no­lo­gic­al advances, par­tic­u­larly in the design, com­pos­i­tion and aero­dy­nam­ics of the For­mula 1 boats, is ulti­mately respons­ible for the con­tin­ued growth and devel­op­ment of the sport. As such, the UIM F1H2O World Cham­pi­on­ship Grand Prix of Lon­don will be part of the head­line event pro­gram­meat this year’s Lon­don Tech Week, Europe’s largest fest­iv­al of tech­no­logy and 
innov­a­tion, with a range of events held across the city from 11–17 June.
  6. Gen­er­al tick­ets and VIP tick­ets (which include a range of hos­pit­al­ity pack­ages) are avail­able for the 
UIM F1H2O World Cham­pi­on­ship Grand Prix of Lon­don. For fur­ther inform­a­tion, gen­er­al enquir­ies about the UIM F1H2O World Cham­pi­on­ship Grand Prix of Lon­don, and details of how your busi­ness can be part of the UIM F1H2O World Cham­pi­on­ship Grand Prix of Lon­don please vis­it f1h2o.co.uk. Altern­at­ively, you can con­tact Mark Thomas at F1H2OLondonService@hotmail.com
  7. The Brit­ish and Chinese Grands Prix, as part of the 2018 UIM F1H2O World Cham­pi­on­ship, are being backed by Tian Rong Sports, and the UIM F1H2O World Cham­pi­on­ship Grand Prix of Lon­don rep­res­ents the first time that a Chinese com­pany has pro­moted and under­writ­ten a sport­ing event out­side of China.
  8. The UIM F1H2O World Cham­pi­on­ship Grand Prix of Lon­don is proud to have been awar­ded car­bon neut­ral status, as part of a joint envir­on­ment­al ini­ti­at­ive called ‘Power­boat­ing Goes Green’, which was launched by H2O Racing in con­junc­tion with the UIM at the end of 2017. Since the initiative’s incep­tion, more than 1,000 trees have been planted in Africa through the Tree­dom pro­gramme, which allows users to view the num­ber of kilos of car­bon diox­ide emit­ted by races and the respect­ive num­ber of trees planted in responses.