The World Championship Run of the hosting country, with the field of averagely 24 drivers representing different countries.
The field races on courses of different layout, 2-pin or multi-pin tracks which are generally 1600-2000 m long, varied with right and left handler turns.
The total number of laps is approx. 35-40 depending on the length of the course, and lasts for 30 minutes while offering a continuous and exciting racing experience.
Safety is guaranteed by the Official Rescue Team that is made up of professional rescue personnel, divers and doctors. The Grand Prix and the whole weekend is supervised by the Officer of the Day (OOD), usually a skilled and experienced Officer of the hosting country’s National Authority for Powerboating.
Once the results of Time Trials are published, the first 16 fastest drivers are entitled to attend the Match Race.
These drivers are then paired up to race against each other over two laps on a specially designed course. The course comprises of a two buoy short circuit with a third buoy being positioned to form a longer circuit. The driver starting on the left runs the short circuit whilst the one on the right runs the longer one. After completing their first lap they then change track and run on the other circuit this should results in them arriving at the finish-line almost at the same time. The winning driver from each run then progresses through to the quarter and semi-finals and finally to the Grand Final.
The speed record contests are held just before the Match Race. Each of the 16 drivers makes one attempt to post the fastest speed. This takes place on the longest part of the Match Race straight. A time-keeper is positioned on the course near the finish-line with a radar gun measuring the maximum speed of each boat. To set these speeds drivers often use propellers designed specificity for a high top speed. The 3 highest speeds ever measured were set by the following drivers:
1 – Rupert Temper (AUT) GP Hungary, Dunaujvaros, 2011, 188 km/h (DAC)
2 – Arif Al Zafeen (UAE) GP Russia, Dubna, 2004, 186,3 km/h (Molgaard)
3 – Yousef Al Robayan (KW) GP Poland, Cichowo, 2011, 182 km/h (DAC)
Hulls of Formula 2 are the same as for Formula 1 boats and they reach minimum length of 4.8 meters and minimum weight of 513 kg (including the pilot).
Due to their specially designed tunnel hulls, Formula 2 boats are able to turn almost instantaneously incurring more G forces than any other racing machine on the planet. Starting 2008 all boats racing at international venues are equipped with safety crash boxes. The only difference between the boats in Formula 2 and Formula 1 is the power of engine – in F1 boats are equipped with engines generating up to 400 HP and capable of reached speeds of 240 km/h.
The Match Race:
The World Champions:
- 2002 – Christian Odd Sanne (NOR) with DAC
- 2003 – Jonas Andersson (SWE) with Molgaard
- 2004 – Jonas Andersson (SWE) with Molgaard
- 2005 – Marc Rolls (GBR) with Burgess
- 2006 – Colin Jelf (GBR) with Molgaard
- 2007 – Colin Jelf (GBR) with Molgaard
- 2008 – Colin Jelf (GBR) with Molgaard
- 2009 – Johan Coenradi (NED) with Molgaard
- 2010 – Johan Coenradi (NED) with DAC
- 2011 – Erik Stark (SWE) with Molgaard
- 2012 – Erik Stark (SWE) with Molgaard
- 2013 – Erik Stark (SWE) with Molgaard
- 2014 – Erik Stark (SWE) with Molgaard