Craig Wilson sets sights on P1 title glory

Richard Carr’s former powerboat teammate Craig Wilson spoke to raceboatinternational.com last week ahead of this year’s P1 Superstock championship, which will see Wilson race for the highly successful GEICO team.

Success

P1 Powerboat’s rising success and growth has been highlighted this year by the number of new teams entering the competition – and none more so than Miss GEICO.

Wilson – who raced with Richard Carr in the USA back in 2011 – will team up with Micah Paul, who like Wilson is new to the P1 Superstock World.

Wilson has enjoyed huge success across the globe racing in multiple powerboat formats and despite this being his debut season, he told raceboatinternational.com that he has high expectations heading into the new season, which will start in Scarborough in May.

Speaking to Roy Mantle, who heads up Powerboat P1’s PR, Wilson said:

“I like the fact the boats are all the same in Superstock and it comes with its own challenges. It’s going to be all about getting the absolute maximum out of that boat and finding ways to get an edge over our competitors.

“It makes it a much more even playing field, and you’re thinking about things like balance and feel on the boat, rather than the boat specs.”

Of his new teammate, Wilson said: “We’re going to start testing the boat now to get a feel for it. He’s new to this but has driven and raced all sorts of vehicles so once he gets the steering wheel in his hands and gets a feel for the boat he’ll be strong.

“We want to win every race. I would not be entering if I didn’t expect to win every race.”

Richard would like to wish Craig good luck in this season’s competition.

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.