2014 ThunderCat World Champion Bligh Julius is finally showing the kind of form everyone expects of him, but is even his double win at Swansea enough to worry runaway leader James Tapp, asks Richard Carr?
Weekend to forget for Tapp
For James Tapp, rounds 9 and 10 of the National ThunderCat championship won’t be one he remembers too fondly, despite showing the kind of resolve to bounce back from engine problems to finish second in round 10.
Round 9 didn’t go to plan at all, with Tapp and teammate Ed Redman suffering with engine problems which reduced them to 8th position. A show of strength in the Sunday round proved that Tapp had the credentials to win this year’s title as he picked up a vital 17 points.
Back to back wins for Julius
In the last four rounds, Bligh Julius has picked up three successive wins and a second placed finish. Sadly, it comes after four difficult rounds which saw the racer pick up just one point from a possible 40.
It appears that an enforced switch to his old boat and also the return of his trusty stead, co-driver Charlie Hatfield has reinvigorated Julius, whose recent performances will no doubt worry Tapp heading into the final few rounds.
Hoonigan – Ahmad Tea (Rob Davis and Darren Philips) who are Tapp’s nearest challengers finished second in round 9 with three heat wins and an impressive second in the final.
Fortune repeated itself in round 10 with Davis and Philips again finishing in third. Their consistency is keeping them on course to claim this runners up spot in the 2015 championship.
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.