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Goodman storms into F2 international racing at Auronzo, Italy

posted 29 Aug 2012, 11:42 by Lancashire Powerboat

Malcolm Goodman, age 30 from Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club in St Helens took the Formula 2 international racing scene by storm in his first ever-international F2 race. He did the JPL Racing Team proud and finished in an amazing second place in the European F2 Championship in Auronzo, Italy on 25/26th August 2012.

After timed qualifying Goodman was placed 4th on the start line, he was disappointed to find that he was two and half seconds off the pace. This left him with it all to do, as the racing got under way.

In the first race of four, he got a great start and was challenging the leader Eric Stark from Sweden all the way. Malcolm put in some impressive driving to claim a great beginning to his International F2 racing career by securing second place.

Day two, the teams were no longer met with glorious sunshine of the previous day, but instead they were met with challenging conditions and thunderstorms. In the first race of the day Goodman went all out to put the pressure on Stark. After a short race stoppage due to an incident involving Mette Bjerknaes from Norway, the remaining field of 14 boats took their places again for the re-start. Goodman went for it and rode the boat as high as he could to gain any slight advantage and any extra speed that he could muster. By the end of the second lap he was right on the tail of the leading boat, Erik Stark, with every lap Goodman was getting closer and closer. As the pair passed the tail-enders the traffic slowed them and Goodman took full advantage by closing the gap right down on Stark. The race then took a dramatic turn as the Stark pushed it a touch too far and barrel-rolled the boat over in spectacular fashion, leaving Goodman to claim the victory for race two.

After his soaking, Stark’s team of mechanics did a great job to get the his boat repaired and back on the start-line for the third heat. This time Goodman had pole and Stark had to join the field at the back of the pack. Stark once again got a good clean start and even from the back of the field managed to claim the top spot leaving Goodman to settle for second.

Going into the final heat Goodman was leading by 200 points with a first and two, second places, he was guaranteed second position and the silver medal overall. Stark needed another race win, to achieve the outright win overall – the challenge was on.

The pre-race tension mounted with thunderstorms overhead. The drivers faced a long delay on the start-line while officials decided if it was safe for the race to go-ahead. When the race finally got underway Stark got the start he needed and took command of the top spot; he was straight out in front and leading the race. Goodman’s fortune ran out as he didn’t get such a good start and then got pushed out by the other boats, the rough conditions meant he had too much to do to challenge for the top spot but an overall second was a great result and gave him Silver in the European Championship, a magnificent achievement.

When asked about the race, Malcolm said: “It was great to be able to race F2 internationally, I really enjoyed the challenge and the experience. The boats out there competing across the rest of Europe were really fast and it was tough competition. The racing was really good. I did manage to get level with Stark at one point but I just couldn’t make it stick. In the final heat I didn’t get the start that I needed, we were all battling with poor visibility, wind, rain and an impending storm it was a tricky race. I am pleased with the overall result and hope to do even better in the UK round of the F2 World Championships that comes to Nottingham on 15/16th September.”

Photo courtesy of Antonio De Filippo.

Final race results were:

1st Eric Stark, SWE
2nd Malcolm Goodman, GBR
3rd Per Edwardsen, NOR
4th Uvis Slakeris, LAT
5th Stefan Hagin, GER
6th Ola Petterson, SWE
7th Johan Osterberg, SWE
8th Bela Cserni, HUN
9th Ian Andrews, GBR
10th Bimba Angelica Sjoholm, SWE
11th Frode Sunsdal, NOR
12th Martins Moroz’s, LAT
13th Paolo Zantelli, ITA
14th Mette Bjerknaes, NOR
15th Nick Bisterfeld, GER