LAHTI, Finland - 11th of June, 2009 – Stanislav Kourtsenovsky maybe starting his 2009 racing season a Grand Prix late, however the 37 year-old driver from St. Petersburg, Russia rolls into Finland this weekend with a new boat and a whole new attitude when it comes to the sport as the 5th Grand Prix of Finland gets ready for a doubleheader of two races on Lake Vesijarvi on the 12th and 13th of June at 15:00 local time both days.
The lead driver of the new ProxF1 Racing Team arrives with a new DAC racing boat with hopes of improving on his 14th place finish in the drivers championship one year ago with his best results being a 5th at the Grand Prix of China in Liuzhou and a 6th at his home Grand Prix in St. Petersburg last June.
“It's great to be back in F1 and this will be an important weekend for us as it is close to our home and it gets us ready to fine tune our efforts for the next race and our home Grand Prix,” said Stan. “The new boat will give us the speed to compete, I only hope the driver will be as good as the boat when the weekend is over.”
Stanislav has 32 career starts and returned last year to his best season ever finishing 14th as he now chases his next goal of finishing on the podium for the first time. His all Russian crew are experienced in other forms of racing as Stan was runner-up in World Championship in the O700 and F500 classes back in 1999 and 2000. This season marks his seventh season in the U.I.M. F1 H2O World Championship starting back in 2000 and stepping aside after the 2003 season for business until returning full time four years later.
Round's number three and four the U.I.M. F1 H2O World Championship will be a pair of 30 minute plus two green flag races with Italian Guido Cappellini of Como, Italy and the Zepter Team looking for his second straight victory while Francesco Cantando the winner of the 2003 event in Helsinki ready to challenge as well after crashing out of last years event while chasing Cappellini for the lead of the event.
Today's schedule has the drivers going through technical inspection and later attending a gala one hour parade throughout the city Lahti culminating with a stop at the city center with interviews for the thousands of spectators that will attend the event.
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