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Rush of adrenaline at F1H2O race

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VIJAYAWADA, November 18, 2018 00:04 IST
Updated: November 18, 2018 00:04 IST
Powerboat drivers competing in the qualifying round of F1H20 World Championship in Krishna River on Saturday.

Powerboat drivers competing in the qualifying round of F1H20 World Championship in Krishna River on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: CH_VIJAYA BHASKAR

 

Powerboats compete to finish on the top to qualify for finals

Thousands of visitors on the banks of river Krishna in the city had a rush of adrenaline witnessing the most exhilarating and striking race the city ever had, as 19 powerboats revving close to 10,000 rpm and reaching speeds of over 177 kmph competed with on another to enter the final race of the MIU F1H2O Grand Prix of India, Amaravati, to be held on Sunday.

Team Amaravati’s Jonas Andersson (Sweden national) beat all other drivers of 9 teams finishing the 2.12-km-long five-pin circuit in just 46.81 seconds in the first qualifying round excited the crowds.

What followed was most intense racing, as the powerboats blasting shrills and almost flying on the water surface hit top speeds in the second qualifying round to make it to the top six positions for Sunday’s final race. All the drivers who hit top speeds of not less than 170 kmph got qualified for the final race and in the third and final individual qualifying round that decides pole positions team Abu Dhabi’s Shaun Torrente (U.S.) finished the lap in just 44.54 seconds. He was followed by Marit Stromoy (Norway), a female driver of team Emirates Racing, who finished the lap in 44.72 seconds.

Mr. Jonas ended up in the fifth position and will be competing with other drivers, including, Erik Stark (Sweden) of team Abu Dhabi, Thani Al Qemzi (UAE) also of team Abu Dhabi, and Ahmed Al Hameli (UAE) of team Victory of UAE. Earlier, F4 race was held between nine teams.

Traffic jam

The second day of the event drew thousands of people who flocked the designated areas between the Punnami Ghat and Bhavani Ghat and also occupied the NH near Kankadurga Temple blocking traffic.

The organisers claim that over 30,000 people watched the race live and lakhs watched the live telecast. Chief Minister’s wife Nara Bhuvaneswari and actor Manchu Manoj were among the visitors who enjoyed the formula one racing.

On Sunday, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu will flag off and witness the final race, in which six drivers will participate.

Meanwhile, police had a tough time managing the vehicular traffic and motorists were also forced to take alternative and long routes as the Swathi Junction and Durga Temple junction got blocked.

On the other hand, policemen, including those who came from Ongole and parts of Krishna and sanitation workers, were forced to wait for lunch in the afternoon as the organisers ran out of dishes.

On Sunday, the F4 Race will begin at 3.15 p.m. and will be followed by F1 Grand Prix Final race.

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ఈనాడు, అమరావతి: మనకు రహదారులపై కనిపించే కార్లతో పోలిస్తే పవర్‌బోట్‌ ఎంతో వేగంగా నీటిపై పరుగులు తీస్తుంది. అమరావతిలో నిర్వహిస్తున్న ఫార్ములా-1 రేస్‌లో వినియోగిస్తున్న పవర్‌బోట్లు 2 సెకన్లలోనే గంటకు 100కి.మీ. వేగాన్ని అందుకునే సామర్థ్యంతో పనిచేస్తాయి.

మరికొన్ని విశేషాలు 
* కార్బన్‌ ఫైబర్‌తో పవర్‌ బోట్‌ను తయారు చేస్తారు. 
* 400హెచ్‌పీ సామర్థ్యం. 
* 120లీటర్ల ఇంధనం పట్టేలా ట్యాంక్‌. 
* బోట్‌ నియంత్రణకు హైడ్రాలిక్‌ ర్యామ్‌ వ్యవస్థ ఉంటుంది. ఈ వ్యవస్థతో ఇంజిన్‌, స్టీరింగ్‌ను నియంత్రిస్తారు.

రక్షణ ఏర్పాట్లు 
పోటీల సందర్భంగా ఏదైనా ప్రమాదం జరిగితే డ్రైవర్‌ సులభంగా, వేగంగా బోట్‌ నుంచి బయటకు వచ్చేలా ఏర్పాటు ఉంది. ఇందుకోసమే డిటాచబుల్‌ స్టీరింగ్‌, కార్బన్‌ సీట్‌ ఎలా వంచితే అలా వంగిపోయేలా ఉంటాయి. ఎయిర్‌ బ్యాగ్‌ ఉంటుంది, ప్రమాదం జరిగినపుడు బోట్‌ నీటిలోకి పూర్తిగా మునిగిపోకుండా ఈ బ్యాగ్‌ ఉపకరిస్తుంది. ఒకవేళ క్రాష్‌ అయితే డ్రైవర్‌కు ఆపద కలగనీయకుండా సంబంధిత భాగంలోని పరికరాలు ద్రవగ్రాహకంగా మారిపోతాయి.

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