“For the first time, it is easier to win the champion’s name than to defend it. I’m very happy to have achieved this goal, ”says Edgar Riabko. The only pilot of Lithuanian F-2 water formulas in Zarasai defended the title of European champion.
The 35-year-old woman started the championship well, but later she had to fight hard to keep her lead.
On the Zarasas Lake, four pilots were waiting for the pilots – all the turns were left and the longest straight would reach 625 meters – where the pilots developed the highest speed. The length of the entire route is -1800 m. The same route in Zarasai was formed last year.
As last year, this year, in Zarasai, E. Riabko, an F2-Hegelmann-LT team representative, triumphed. True, this year the champion came out after a very persistent struggle.
E. Riabko started the weekend in Zarasai very well – she won both Saturday and recorded a maximum of 800 points on her account. On Saturday in both races, Lithuanian Uvis Slakteris (600 points) finished.
“Everything was very good on Saturday – we have achieved the maximum result. Two will be able to do two of them, ”Riabko said.
On Sunday’s first race, Latvia shot ahead and won the third race, so just 25 points were awarded to Lithuania and Latvia before the last, fourth race.
“Sunday was already a tough day – I finished third in both races. In the third race I started first, but I got a bad start and lost the start when two rivals passed me. In the last race I started the third and again the start failed, I lost one position. If Latvia had managed to win the last race, they would have become a champion. However, Uvis encountered technical problems and I finished third. That was enough to defend the winner’s title, ”Edgar said.