Wednesday, June 1st, Macon (France) – The UIM- F1H2O World Championship launches into 2022 season this coming weekend (3-4 June) at the Grand Prix of France in Macon Val de Saone.
F1H2O returns to France after 3 years when in 2019 the Grand Prix of France took place in Evian for its fifth time and after the previous races in Chalon sur Soanne, Lyon, Paris, Vichy and La Rochelle.
Grand Prix of France is the result of the strong efforts and passion of Macon Motor Yacht Club with his president Jean Vital Deguisne and Maverick Racing Team with the F1H2O driver Cedric Deguisne who wanted to bring the Grand Prix in their hometown.
The majority of teams field the same driver line ups with a clutch of young drivers looking for their places into the top flight of formula circuit racing.
The newest World Champion Jonas Andersson will start the defence of his title in Macon.
The 48 years-old driver from Frovi, Sweden was crowned 2021 U.I.M. F1H2O World Champion in Figueira Da Foz, Portugal last November when he saved his best for last winning back to back Grand Prix's in Portugal in 72 hours.
Andersson dominated both days winning the pair of races to finish with 40 championship points, one better than Team Abu Dhabi driver Thani Al Qemzi with his teammate and two-time World Champion Shaun Torrente taking the third place of the championship podium.
Both the drivers of Abu Dhabi team will start the season eager to tear of the title and bring it back to UAE.
Team Sweden will line up, together with Andersson, Finland’s Kalle Vippo, one of the 2021 rookies of the year who made a great performance in the last race in Portugal.
The other “2021 roockie”, the 24 years-old Alec Weckstrom, who was one of the stars of the last day in Portugal with his runner-up trophy in only his third event, confirms his line up with Gillman Racing Team.
Sharjah Team’s Semi Selio, eager to return to action after the collision in Grand Prix of Portugal which ended his dream of a third world title, also continues for this season his partnership with the last year’s new entry Dutch Ferdinand Zandbergen.
Norway’s Marit Stromoy will set out on her own team alongside her fellow team mate Poland’s Bartek Marszalek.
Three-time champion Philippe Chiappe leads an unchanged line up at China Team with Peter Morin looking to build on a solid debut season after his fourth place in 2021 Championship podium.
The line-up at F1 Atlantic will see Duarte Benavente starting alone as it was last season, whilst the young italian driver Alberto Comparato is aiming for a strong start and for repeating the great performance in Pole Position he did last year in Grand Prix of Europe, in Italy, but hoping for better fortune during the race.
Last but not least Maverick Team with the local driver Cedric Deguisne and his team mate Alexandre Bourgeot closes the line up and it will be for sure the attraction of the weekend focusing on himself all the interest of the public on the riverbank who will be for sure supporting the home team.
The first action on the 1500 m. Macon Circuit takes place on Friday with an extra free practice session at 16.00 hrs [local]. A second practice session on Saturday morning is followed by Official Qualifying at 15:00hrs, with the final practice session on Sunday morning and the UIM F1H2O Grand Prix of France at 16:00hrs preceded as usual by Lap Parade.
The final entry list on Friday after Teams official registration.