The immediate decision following last week’s inaugural P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea has been overturned thanks to rare video footage from the event, writes former British champion powerboat racer Richard Carr.
During the final race of the weekend, race officials determined that boats #926 (Experience Kissimmee) and #69 (Spirit of Inverclyde) had made contact, which is against competition rules.
Both boats were immediately disqualified from the final heat of the day, meaning they each failed to receive points.
The final podium for the weekend had Pertemps Network as the winner, with Quantum Racing as the runner-up and boat E Marine Racing finishing in third.
But once race officials were able to access the race footage, they found that there had indeed been no contact from the two boats.
The decision has now been made to reinstate the points for the two teams initially deemed to be at fault.
That means that Pertemps Network remain the winners for the weekend, but Experience Kissimmee now take second place and Quantum Racing drop to third.
Spirit of Inverclyde were favourites for the event in their local race, and now move up to a respectable fourth in their home event.
E Marine Racing have also moved up the table to fifth place, which has also affected the overall championship standings as they are in third place, after having consistently strong finishes in every single race so far this season.
Racing in Scotland
The event was the first ever P1 Superstock powerboat race and over 30,000 people are thought to have attended the weekend, with over 20,000 attending on the Saturday in bright sunshine. The calm waters of the river Clyde provided a perfect setting for the momentous event.
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