The first day of the meet saw two races take place at Gosport. With Allam Marine and Flying Panther leading the standings after the first round, it was the former that made the first move. They recorded a first and second place to extend their lead at the top of the championship.
However, this feat was matched by Pertemps to leave both boats neck and neck in the Gosport Grand Prix of the Sea.
However, Allam Marine’s joy was short lived when they were disqualified from the opening races after losing their hatch in the tough Solent conditions. The racing conditions were rough and it was the Allam Marine duo of Arran Scott and Gavin Feldt and Pertemps racing that mastered them.
P1 Chief Operating Operator Rob Wicks explained the decision: “Whilst this may seem a peculiar decision, our rules dictate that all competing boats finish the race in their complete form – this includes parts such as the front inspection hatch and rear cowling.
“The ruling is based primarily on safety grounds but also for reasons of parity. I know the team will be upset by the ruling after fighting as hard as they did on Saturday, but this is a rule which has been consistently applied throughout our racing. I’m certain the team will bounce back from this disappointment and look to secure some valuable points in the final races today”
In some good news for Allam, their joint championship leaders Flying Panther suffered technical problems and also failed to score any points.
As a result, the championship battle was wide open going into day 2 of the weekend with Pertemps making a charge thanks to two victories.
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