Hull set to welcome P1 racing for a fifth year

P1 Powerboat racing returns to the Yorkshire city of Hull this coming weekend for the fifth consecutive year, writes former P1 team owner Richard Carr.

Pertemps with the advantage

Heading to Hull it’s the Pertemps team that lead the championship standings after an impressive performance last time out at Gosport.

Pertemps picked up 72 points last time out to take the lead in the championship by nine points ahead of Allam Marine.

Flying Panther are also in contention for the lead of the championship if they can record a good weekend in Hull.

Local knowledge

The Hull race fans visiting the Humber this weekend will have a home favourite to cheer on in the form of Dave Taft.

Thousands are expected to line the Humber for the powerboat and Jet Ski racing and Dave is hoping home advantage could drive him to a podium finish: “I can’t wat to get back on the Humber and build on the second and third place finishes in the last championship round in Gosport. We always get big crowds here and I’m aiming to put on a great show for them.”

It’s Dave’s former teammate and Anlaby neighbour Gavin Feldt who has been in form this year as navigator for the locally-sponsored Allam Marine boat. “Racing in my home town last year was a real honour, but to come back this season racing under the banner of a local company is very special” commented Gavin. “I am both nervous and excited about this weekend. The aim will be to perform consistently in the three races. Over the last four years the people of Hull have really enjoyed the P1 racing and I’m sure the Grand Prix will again attract thousands of spectators.”

Action is set to get underway at 11.30am on Saturday and 12.30pm on Sunday.

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.

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