The eagerly anticipated 2015 Offshore Powerboat Grand Prix race calendar has been released, reports former Offshore Champion Richard Carr.
OPGP success set to continue
The OPGP’s first venture, in co-operation with the Qatar Marine Sports Federation (QMSF), the Qatar Cup 2015, proved to be a massive success with many experts believing it had changed the face of powerboat racing
Richard Carr, a former British Offshore Champion powerboat racer, believe the sport had suffered a lull last year and was in desperate need of a “shot in the arm”.
17 of the best teams head for Doha Bay earlier this month and put on a three day spectacle that had everyone talking about the sport again.
Looking ahead, OPGP has announced four races, with one more still to be confirmed in the near future.
Three of the race weekends will be held in the ‘Sunshine State’ of Florida in Sarasota (July 3rd to 5th), Destin (August 6th to 8th), and Ft Meyers (October 2nd to 4th) respectively.
Another race will be held up north in Detroit, whilst the first race of the season in July, is yet to be confirmed.
2015 UIM OPGP Race Calendar
T.B.C – June – T.B.C
Sarasota, Florida – July 3rd to 5th
Destin, Florida – August 6th to 8th
Detroit, Michigan – August 28th to 31st
Ft Meyers, Florida – October 2nd – 4th
About Richard Carr
Richard Carr 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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