It was a weekend to remember for newcomers E Marine and Kissimmee in the P1 SuperStock championship last week with both teams recording their first ever victories, writes former P1 team owner Richard Carr.
Despite the overhead sun, tough conditions were to be tackled by the teams on the Saturday of the P1 English Grand Prix of the Sea.
Interestingly, it was the new teams to the championship that excelled in the choppy seas, with many other teams suffering setbacks as a result of the difficult conditions.
E Marine Racing and then Experience Kissimmee proved that experience wasn’t necessary to tame the seas as they recorded wins and in the process put a real spanner in the works as the majority of the top teams fell towards the middle of the pack.
The first race of the weekend was eventually decided following the chequered flag, however the first move of the race saw Rawbank make a flying start before a mechanical issue wrecked their chances.
As the fight for the win reached its peak, E Marine Racing, Experience Kissimmee and Inverclyde were all in contention. In the end, the Inverclyde held off the challenge from Kissimmee and E Marine, however post-race penalties were handed out to the top two finishers meaning E Marine claimed their first win.
The second instalment of the grand prix was played out in slightly easier racing conditions and once again Kissimmee were at the forefront of the action alongside Pertemps Network. As the race progressed, Inverclyde were again beginning to make a nuisance of themselves, however neither they nor Pertemps could do anything to stop Kissimmee achieving their first ever victory.
Like in the first race, time punishments were again handed out after the race, however on this occasion they didn’t affect the final standings as Inverclyde had opened up a big enough gap over third place Pertemps.