Ex-F1 racer Bruno Senna is ready to hit the waters

The nephew of the late Ayrton Senna – Bruno – will make his powerboat debut next year as part of the Vector Martini iRace Pro Team, writes former offshore racer Richard Carr.

Record in sight

The Mahindra Formula E racer has signed up with Vector Martini to take on a course record in his native Brazil. Senna – who currently competes in the Formula E and McLaren GT series – will be part of the crew that attempts to beat the record for the course between Santos & Rio de Janeiro ahead of next year’s Olympic Games.

The current record is held by entrepeneur Eike Batista and stands at 3 hours 1 minute and 47 seconds. Senna joins Peter Dresge, Malcolm Ceesase & Simon Powell as part of a four man squad to attempt to beat that time.

Challenge

“I’m really enjoying this partnership with Vector, it will be a completely new challenge for me.” said Senna at the recent Brazilian F1 Grand Prix. “Racing boats always caught my attention. It will be a unique opportunity to integrate this high-tech program towards an incredible achievement.”

Vector boss Malcolm Crease cited Senna’s motor racing experience as part of his decision to extend an invitation his way: “We are happy with Bruno signing to our exclusive iRace Pro Team. It will be interesting to observe the transition of a pilot with experience in categories such as Formula 1 for a boat weighing seven tons and with more than two thousand horsepower. His knowledge of Formula E is also beneficial to our willingness to build a hybrid electric boat, the fastest in the world.”

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.