British driver, Robin Stoddard has announced his comeback to international racing as he joins the UIM F2 World Championship alongside Norwegian Mette Brandt Bjerknæs for the 2021 season.
The two drivers will represent JRM Racing as the only British two boat team competing in the UIM Championship.The highly experienced Stoddard first raced R1 Hydroplanes back in the 1980’s winning the European Invitation Sprint in his first season. He then went on to the British Formula Four Championship where he raced alongside current UIM F2 racers Owen and Colin Jelf.
By the late 1980’s early 90’s he stepped up the FONDA Series where he finished a highly credible third place at the 1990 Russian Grand Prix, finishing that year in sixth place in the World Championship. After a short break he returned to racing in 1996 with the DeWalt Castrol Racing F3 Team partnering Ken McCrorie.
Making his UIM F3World Championship debut at the Italian Grand Prix held in Boretto Po he took second place and was once again on the podium in Zemun at the Yugoslavian GP. In 2001 he raced with Jamie Stallard at JDS Racing where both of them finished on the podium at the Italian GP in Barcis. At the next round in Lefkada, Greece Stoddard took his first F3 victory after Stallard was docked a lap for hitting a turn buoy.
The pair will be reunited again as Stallard is a key member of the newly formed JRM Racing Team.”I’m very grateful to JRM Racing for giving me the opportunity to race with Bjerknæs for what promises to be a highly competitive and very exciting 2021 F2 World Championship season.”Both Stoddard and Bjerknæs race under British licences with Stoddard being a member of the highly renowned Lowestoft & Oulton Broad Motor Boat Club and Bjerknæs recently joining the prestigious and world-famous Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club, who’s members have included the legendary Sir Donald Campbell. As British licence holders, the team have the exceptional testing facilities of all the British powerboat racing circuits are available to them for their preparations for the upcoming season.“
By joining JRM Racing and teaming up with the vastly experienced Robin Stoddard it has given me the drive I need to push myself further than I have my entire racing career. After a very successful 2019 season, I’m more motivated than ever to push for the podium finishes in 2021” said Bjerknæs.