This season has thrown everything at the P1 teams so far with 10ft waves at Scarborough being the highlight to date, but how will the championship be decided?
Those waves in Scarborough put a halt to the action on the opening day of the season, however once calmer waters had returned in north Yorkshire it was debutants Quantum Racing who took the early championship lead, beating Pertemps Network and Rawbank to top spot.
Quantum Racing will head to Cardiff ahead of the bank holiday weekend for the penultimate race weekend of the season with a new sponsor on board. Robe UK have backed the team for the remainder of the season.
The Cardiff race could make or break the title hopes for many of the championship contenders ahead of the final race in Bournemouth.
Scotland & Gosport
The P1 powerboats and jetskis headed north of the boarder for the first time ever following Scarborough for the Scotland GP. The conditions were slightly more favourable than Scarborough, but there were still challenging times for the teams. In the end it was Pertemps who came out on top ahead of Experience Kissimmee.
Rawbank and Quantum Racing – who had occupied podium places in Scarborough – suffered a nasty incident which left them both out of the running.
After just being pipped by Pertemps in Scotland, Experience Kissimmee went one better in Gosport to record their first ever victory. The Jackson brothers made light work of the waves off the south coast to finish ahead of Pertemps and Rawbank.
Pertemps’ second placed finish was enough to maintain their championship lead heading into Cardiff this weekend.
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.
He is known in the sport for his aggressive racing character in rough seas and recently raced in the USA for Geico in 2011.