F1H20 set for Shanghai return

Former Poole-based powerboat racer Richard Carr is looking forward to seeing powerboat racing return to Shanghai later this year.

Round 5

H20 Racing announced in late March that round 5 of this year’s F1H20 World Championship would take place in the idyllic setting of Dishui Lake, Shanghai, China.

The prestigious powerboat championship hasn’t visited Shanghai in over 10 years and this year’s race will reignite H20’s special association of racing in the People’s Republic of China that started in 1995, with 18 Grand Prix being held in 13 years.

A multi-year agreement has been signed which will see the championship hosted on Dishui Lake, in the Lingang District of Shanghai.

Tri-party agreement

Nicolo di San Germano, President of H20 Racing and Vice President Lavinia Cavellero visited Shanghai to agree a tri-party, multi-year deal with Mr Huang Jun and Mr Chen Mingbo, who were representing Shanghai Administration and Li Haojie of Tianrong Corporation.

San Germano commented: “We are extremely happy to have concluded this agreement that brings us back to Shanghai where we last raced in 2004. It is a magnificent location that will ideally host all H2O Racing disciplines in the future and we are very happy to start with F1H20 on 10-11, October.”

Round 1 of the Championship has already taken place with American Shaun Torrente taking the chequered flag for the Qatar Team in Doha Bay.

2015 Race Schedule

Round 1 – Doha – March 14th
Round 2 – Evian – June 28th
Round 3 – Porto – August 2nd
Round 4 – Liuzhou – October 1st
Round 5 – Shanghai – October 11th
Round 6 – Asia – November 8th TBA / TBC
Round 7 – Abu Dhabi – December 11th
Round 8 – Sharjah – December 18th

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.