He left it a bit late, but four times World F2 champion Erik Stark has teamed up with Cedric Deguisne in the Maverick team and will line up in Portimao for the opening round of the 2018 UIM World F1 championship.
Stark clinched the bronze medal in last year’s championship and announced that he was leaving Jonas Andersson’s Team Sweden in the hope that a better deal would come along. However, it never materialised and it appeared Erik was going to give the 2018 season a miss. Needless to say, we don’t know what went on behind the scenes but with just 5 days to go we learn the Swede has signed up with the French operation Maverick and the driver, Germany’s Mike Szymura who was going to be second pilot has been replaced. No doubt we should get more details of this unusual last minute change when we arrive in the great venue of Portimao, which has become a firm favourite with drivers and fans despite the very tidal estuary which almost decides what time a race will start and finishes. I can recall many years ago Guido Cappellini running over a very shallow sand bank during qualifying yet thankfully he escaped serious damage to his propeller and DAC.
Stark has enjoyed considerable success in the XCat Series driving Swecat and it’s almost certain the Swede will continue in the 2018 XCat championship unless it clashes with any F1 dates.