Lake Como Course Set To Be A Handful For Drivers!
COMO, Italy – 8th of June, 2005 – The largest field of drivers in over two seasons have arrived for this weekend’s 9th Annual Grand Prix of Italy on the scenic setting of historic Lake Como in northern Italy.
The 2nd round of the 2005 U.I.M. F1 World Championship of power boating is shaping up to be a crowded field of drivers all vying for the 24 spot starting line-up on this Sunday afternoon at 15:00 local CET. New faces will be French driver Bruno Corsin driving the Art Boat sponsored machine hoping to qualify for his first ever grand prix event. Bruno has been a 5-time French S2000 champion as well as a European Champion.
Also returning to the series is young Italian Ivan Brigada who has raced twice in his career in F1 after getting a name for himself in F2 the past few seasons. Ivan will be joining the Tamoil Team of Como native and 8-time World Champion Guido Cappellini.
Rolf Sunde of Norway will be in the Danita number one boat that normally has Danish driver Gert Ladefoged sets in. Gert had a crash on his motorcyle and is not available to driver so his ace mechanic and part time driver will once again look for championship points. Rolf proved to be an instant success by qualifying in the top-6 shootout twice in his 3 starts a year ago.
Defending champion of the Grand Prix of Italy Guido Cappellini returns home to his lake where he first dreamed of racing power boats back in the 1970’s. His main rival this weekend will be American Scott Gillman of the Emirates Team who is sponsored by Dubai Holdings and is 2nd in the championship with 15 points.
Drivers from 12 different countries will take to the 8 turn course in front of downtown Como as the European round of the 2005 U.I.M. F1 World Championship comes to an end this Sunday afternoon.