Bank Holiday spectacular at Lancashire Grand Prix

The Powerboat GP British Championship heads to Carr Mill Dam in St Helens this bank holiday weekend (2nd/3rd May), reports Richard Carr.

4th year

The 2015 season will be the fourth year of the growing Powerboat GP British Championship series, which is set to kick off in style at the Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club.

A six round championship plus the annual RYA Sprint Championships will be broadcasted on Sky Sports with the programmes fronted by legendary Tiff Needell.

Powerboat GP promoter, Jason Brewer had this to say on the continuing success of the series and the season ahead “This year our focus remains on the sustainable and environmentally friendly ‘green classes’ and the continuing growth of the F4 catamaran class. Powerboat GP is now entering its 4th year and we are hugely excited by the growing popularity.

“We also have some new teams and new faces joining us for 2015 and a number of our junior competitors our now progressing to the more senior racing categories so we continue to go from strength to strength. 2015 is already gearing up to be one of our best seasons yet.”

50 racers

The Lancashire Grand Prix is known as a favourite for competitors with some 50 racers expected to take the waters this weekend across five different classes.

In total, seven classes will compete over the weekend ranging from the junior categories with racers as young as nine-years-old up to the exciting 120mph + F2 class catamarans.

Reigning Powerboat GP F2 Champion Paul Balfour Wigan will be looking to take an early lead: “There was virtually nothing separating the top six cats last year with 100ths of seconds often making the difference in grid positions and this year it will probably be even closer. I’ve brought my boat in line with current safety standards which will certainly have added a bit of weight, and will also change of balance of the boat and reduce the aerodynamic effect so it will be interesting to see what happens in the first race.

“Carr Mill is considered by the drivers to be a good course, it’s not the fastest for top end speed as it is short and has difficult technical lines in and out of the corners but it provides interesting conditions to race and of course we are all always weary of the infamous right hand turn as none of the other courses have this to contend with.”

Free for spectators

Practice and qualifying seasons will take place on Saturday morning following by racing in the afternoon. A full day of action will follow on the Sunday.

The event is free for spectators who will be able to watch the action from around the banks of the Dam as well as been able to see the pit crews and racers close up in ‘The Boathouse’ grounds.

About Richard Carr

Richard Carr, of Poole, is one of the UK’s most experienced and successful powerboat racers, who has competed in the sport globally.

He has won numerous domestic and international honours: he became British Class 1 Champion in 1991; he was the winner of the coveted Needles Trophy and he also came second in the Cowes Torquay Cowes race in 1992. It was the year the race was controversially competed in the fog and it has been argued for many years that he actually won the race.

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