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UIM returns Formula 1 Powerboat series to London

The UIM, the global governing body for powerboat racing, has confirmed that it will stage a Grand Prix event in the English capital of London next year as part of its 2018 Formula 1 Powerboat racing (F1H20) World Championship.

The two-day race event will run from June 17-18 at the Royal Victoria Docks on the River Thames.

The London Grand Prix, which will be the first powerboat event to take place in the city since 1984, will feature 24 drivers.

The World Championship comprises a series of F1H20 races at locations around the world, including Miami in the United States, as well as Harbin in China and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

Li Haojie, chairman of Tianrong Sports, the Chinese sports promotional company behind the F1H2O World Championship, said: “London has a great sporting tradition and was a natural choice to showcase Formula 1 Powerboat racing.

“We are excited to bring the sport back to London at the iconic Royal Victoria Docks, and hope the event will bring new impetus for the revitalisation of East London and promote its development.

“We look forward to the opportunity to expand our global fan base in London and give spectators the chance to experience one of the most electrifying live sporting events in the world.”