A leading member of the legionary Seebold family is to compete in official UIM Formula I series this season beginning with the opening round of the championship in Portimao, Portugal

A leading member of the legionary Seebold family is to compete in official UIM Formula I series this season beginning with the opening round of the championship in Portimao, Portugal, this coming weekend (April 27-28).

40 year-old Mike Seebold, who joined his father on the Europe racing scene in the 1980s, including the notorious British Grand Prix on Bristol Docks, is to become a member of the team managed by German ex-world champion, Michael Werner, and his partner Manfred Mueller.

Mike represents the third generation of racing Seebolds hailing from St Louis, Missouri. The family has been involved in the sport since 1938 when his grandfather raced on the Mississippi near their hometown. His son, Bill Seebold, went on to become the world’s leading tunnel boat driver notching up 900 victories plus 60 world and national titles.

Perhaps Bill Seebold’s greatest race was at Bristol in 1983 when he took on the might of Evinrude and Johnson wining every heat despite a one-litre engine handicap. The family currently run a very successful race boat building company supplying Formula I hulls to several top international teams including those in the UAE.