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SA F1 Powerboat racing set to thrill THIS weekend

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Having tested the waters in February this year, F1 Powerboat enthusiasts are in for a treat on Saturday, 23 April when the powerboating scene in South Africa takes its first ‘big’ step back into the limelight at the Rynfield Dam in Benoni.

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No fewer than 11 F1 boats will be competing, piloted by some of the biggest names in the sport in the country.

There will be support from other racing classes, including Juniors, Inflatables, F30 and GT15, as the full-day’s entertainment gets under way at 07:00 sharp with a drivers briefing.

The day will conclude with prize giving at 17:00.

Highlights on the day include F1 qualifying (10:30) and three 15-lap heats (11:40, 14:00 and 15:50).

Entrance is R25 and children under 15 are free. Food and beverages will be available for purchasing.

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Team RDS. Photo: Supplied

As previously reported by The South African website, South African F1 Powerboat racing was all the rage in the 1980s and took an even bigger jump in popularity in the 1990s when Peter Lindenberg dominated the local scene.

The country boasted the biggest domestic class of F1 boats in the world during those glory days.

Alas, following Lindenberg’s retirement in 2004, the sport slipped into obscurity and remained a shadow of its former self in the years that followed.

Equipment gathered dust and the sport saw little to no action for 15 years – until now!

In 2020 a couple of pilots got together to gauge interest and discuss the potential for restarting a local series.

F1 powerboats can reach speeds of up to 230km/h

With old hands on board and new blood coming through the ranks, there’s genuine excitement once again as the sport is thrust back into the spotlight.

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After all, who doesn’t like watching boats reach top-speeds of 230km/h with up to 6G’s when making a turn?

Watching boats accelerate from a standing start to 100km/h in 2.3 seconds has to be seen live to be believed!

Team RDS. Photo: Supplied

Events have been scheduled at national level in every major province and promise to be a fun day out for the whole family with food tents, music shows, rides, inflatable and jet-ski racing – and much more.

The F1 main attraction will be supported by junior races where youngsters looking one day to make the jump to the F1 class will compete.

A demonstration event took place in February this year at the Theewater Sports Club.

Drivers in action on the day included Ronan Dixon, Keagan Frankiewics, Bruce Repsold, Nico Wessels, Michael Wessels and Laszlo Berko.

Anyone wanting more information is urged to contact Laszlo Berko on 083 323 3952 or

See you there!

RACE PROGRAMME FOR SATURDAY, 23 APRIL

07:00 – 07:30 – Drivers briefing all classes

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07:30 – 08:00 – Documentation, entries and scrutineering for all classes

08:00 – 08:30 – Practice – F1

08:30 – 08:50 – Practice – Rubberducks

08:50 – 09:10 – Heat 1 – Rubberducks

09:10 – 09:30 – Practice – Junior

09:30 – 09:50 – Heat 1 – Junior

09:50 – 10:10 – Practice – F30

10:10 – 10:30 – Heat 1 – F30

10:30 – 11:00 – Qualifying – F1

11:00 – 11:20 – Practice – GT15

11:20 – 11:40 – Heat 1 – GT15

11:40 – 12:10 – Heat 1 – F1

12:10 – 12:30 – Heat 2 – Rubber Ducks

12:30 – 13:00 – LUNCH BREAK

13:00 – 13:20 – Heat 2 – GT15

13:20 – 13:40 – Heat 2 – Junior

13:40 – 14:00 – Heat 2 – F30

14:00 – 14:30 – Heat 2 – F1

14:30 – 14:50 – Heat 3 – Rubber Ducks

14:50 – 15:10 – Heat 3 – GT15

15:10 – 15:30 – Heat 3 – Juniors

15:30 – 15:50 – Heat 3 – F30

15:50 – 16:20 – Heat 3 – F1

17:00 – PRIZE GIVING

Bruce Repsold in action. Photo: Supplied

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