Lycamobile aiming to dethrone Welsh champions

Just like the UK version of P1 Powerboat, the USA Superstock season will go down to the wire this weekend when the teams head to Lake Dora, Florida writes Richard Carr.

Welsh Champs

Welsh duo of James Norvill and Charlie Parsons-Young of GD Environmental head into this weekend the favourites for this year’s crown with a 28 point lead. A drama free weekend will now doubt see them retain their title.

It will make up for their disappointing season in the UK version of the championship which saw them hand over their title to Pertemps. A poor start to the UK season and a number of engine breakdowns throughout meant that the Welsh pairing were unable to mount another title charge.

“We know nothing about Tavares other than it’s called America’s Seaplane City” said driver James Norvill. “All we are thinking about is staying out of trouble and completing the five races. It would be good to finish on the podium and then come back to Florida next month for the P1 Annual Awards as champions again. We have a 28-point lead over Lycamobile but, as we know only too well from our experiences in the UK this summer, things can easily go wrong. It will be an exciting and tense weekend.”

Party poopers

The Lycamobile team of Lee Baker and Sandy Kenigsman will head to Lake Dora for the inaugural P1 Taveres Grand Prix looking to continue their consistent performances throughout the season.

P1 USA director Azam Rangoonwala explains: “James and Charlie may appear to have one hand on the SuperStock trophy but, with five races and 100 points on offer, the top five teams in the championship standings can still dream of becoming champions. Lake Dora will not be a place for the faint-hearted, that’s for sure.”

Current standings

Team R1 R2 R3 R4 Pts
1 GD Environmental Services 97 79 85 0 261
2 Lycamobile Racing 74 85 74 0 233
3 Alisya 47 81 89 0 217
4 Halloween Megastore 70 68 73 0 211
5 Boat Wrench 64 66 69 0 199
6 Southeastern Lighting Solutions 74 59 64 0 197
7 Visit Jacksonville 55 32 56 0 143
8 Livorsi 69 42 0 0 111

 

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.