The bank holiday weekend saw the opening round of the national championships and after an absence of 9 years, Flying Fish were back racing, this time in Formula 2 under the banner of our premium range – ‘Volantis Racing.’ Back over the closed season, we’d bought our racing craft from Belgian designer/driver Jos Vanderhoven – a twin engine Cobra F1/F2 using Suzuki GSX-R600 and Simonini paramotor engines.
With little time to try the craft out before the season begun, we headed north to Accrington (a 9 hour drive in holiday traffic!) with little experience of driving it. Practice revealed a few niggly problems which persisted into the first race resulting in a non-finish. But from thereon, things improved with driver Russ Pullen starting to get to grips with the 140bhp craft, a 4th place finish being followed by a 3rd, 5th, 2nd and finally – overtaking meeting winner Klaus Bonighausen for a race win. Overall, this was good enough for the last step of the podium, a 3rd place finish in the teams first meeting was a good result.
Next stop is ‘Hacketts Lake’ in Nottingham which is the first round of the European championship, where some serious overseas competition will be expected, including World Champions Magnus Ivanoff and Michael Metzner who are now both campaigning some real top-flight machinery in Formula 2.
So, we’re a happy bunch here at Flying Fish this week and would like to extend our thanks to Charlie & Jill Peach for their hospitality at Magnolls Farm and the North-West branch for organising a very enjoyable meeting. Roll on the 25/27th May and Hacketts Lake. For more details, click here. http://www.hovercraft.org.uk/calendar.php?do=getinfo&day=2013-5-25&c=1