Pre-race speed run aims to better the 161.26mph set 11 years ago

The second round of the Class 1 offshore championship series in Arendal set for July 16-18 will see the introduction of a new speed contest.

Known as the Class 1 Edox Speed Run, it will kick-start the two-day event by swelling the programme for the many spectators that always attend this Norwegian offshore fixture.

The local organiser has confirmed that the Class 1 Edox Speed Run – formerly the ‘flying kilometre’ and the format previously used for Grand Prix qualifying – will take place at 17.00hrs on Friday, 16 July.

The Class 1 Edox Speed Run, re-introduced by the Arendal organisers last year to increase the racing entertainment on the water, will take place on Tromoysund Fjord.

Teams will be allowed two attempts over the ‘flying kilometre’ in an effort to eclipse the Class 1 speed record of 161.26mph/259.86kph, set in Arendal in 1999 by Victory Team‘s double World Championship pairing, Saeed Al Tayer and Felix Serralles.