Goldgenie are anticipating an exciting time as their Swedish sponsee Erik Stark takes to the water in South Africa for the final events of the F2 powerboat world racing championships in Sasolburg, South Africa this weekend.
The forthcoming competition will take place on the banks of the Vaal River, north of Sasolburg. A time trial will take place on Saturday and the main race, the “Grand Prix” will take place on Sunday in which Stark will compete against over 20 other drivers from all over the world.
Erik Stark is currently leading the World Cup series. If everything goes according to plan, Stark will take his fourth straight World Cup title in the F2 and will make history with his 4th world champion win! (3rd world champion titles in a row is now the record attained by Stark in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and before him Colin Jelf in 2006, 2007, 2008)
There is a possibility that Erik could miss his 4th world champion title if this year’s big surprise Peter Morin who is currently in 2nd place in the series. For this to happen, Peter must win the Grand Prix on Sunday and Erik would have to finish without points, meaning either he would withdraw from the race or that he wouldn’t make it among the 10 first boats. The chance that Erik would finish with zero points is so slim that nobody, not even his French rival Peter Morin would believe in the possibility.
Powerboat racing is one of the most exhilarating and spectacular water sports in the world. Formula 2 Powerboats accelerate faster than even the most state-of-the-art Formula cars, and can reach 160 kilometres per hour in just 4 seconds.
How did the sponsorship from Goldgenie come about? Laban Roomes, CEO of Goldgenie stated, “We were looking to sponsor an emerging talent in an exciting popular sport and felt that the young powerboat racer Erik Start showed a true spark of potential.” Roomes was not wrong as the recent October’s Grand Prix in Liuzhou China testified to Stark’s talent. Finishing 2nd behind three-time World Champion Alex Carella, that is not bad-going for a first time Formula 1 driver and his performance was described by the F1H2O news-team as “the drive of the day!”
Directly after this week’s competition Team Stark fly directly to the UAE and Sharjah for the last race in Formula 1. It is a lot of traveling between F2 and F1 now that both races are spread far outside Europe.
Erik who is becoming more and more comfortable in F1, does not see any problems with jumping in between the F1 and F2 races, on the contrary it helps him, since he gets a lot of time with the boat in the water.
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