Powerboat racing returns to Portimão this weekend

The Arade River in Portimão is hosting the much-anticipated powerboat Grand Prix of Portugal this weekend (Friday, April 21 to Sunday, April 23).

The event is bringing 18 elite drivers to the Algarve for the first round of the F1H20 World Championship.

Practice runs and races can be seen starting at 2pm on Friday, at 10am on Saturday and at 9am on Sunday.

The event is taking place three months earlier than last year, when it returned to Portimão after a five-year break.

The winner was Frenchman Philippe Chiappe while the only Portuguese competitor, Duarte Benavente, finished eighth.

For years Portimão was one of the sport’s most popular venues for teams and drivers, having hosted 13 successful Grand Prix from 1999 to 2011.

The event finally returned to the Algarve last year after “logistical issues” in Porto.

The races are known for attracting thousands of people to the town’s riverside and will likely serve as a boost to the local economy as Tuesday (April 25) is a national holiday and many Portuguese will be taking Monday off to enjoy a four-day holiday in the south.

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