P1 steals the show in Sarasota

At the 31st Sarasota Grand Prix it was the P1 Powerboats that took centre stage, serving up a thrilling race spectacle, writes former P1 team owner Richard Carr.

Headline stealers

With plenty of powerboat action taking place over the weekend, it was the P1 Superstock Series that served up a treat for the huge crowds that flocked to the Sarasota beach over the independence holiday weekend.

P1 Chief Operating Officer Robert Wicks, said: “P1 is delighted to have been part of this amazing event for the first time and it’s great to know that there are several charities that will benefit as a result.

“The feedback from spectators about our SuperStock and AquaX race classes has been terrific and I have no doubt about the significant impact our racing has made to the overall weekend. We very much look forward to including Sarasota on our 2016 schedule and will be working closely with Lucy and her team to ensure the continued success of the event.”

Saturday

The Lycamobile Racing Team of Lee Baker and Sandy Kenigsman were brilliant on the Saturday picking up two firsts and a third place. Meanwhile, a strong performance from reigning champions and current championship leaders GD Environmental kept them in the hunt.

Sunday

The final day of the festival saw the fourth race of the P1 weekend take place, which was dominated by Team Alisyn Oil who led from the opening lap to the chequered flag.

In the final race of the weekend normal service resumed with Team Lycamobile Racing returning to the top step of the podium.

Lee Baker said: “To take three wins out of five this weekend is a dream come true and we fought so hard all weekend. Conditions on Sunday were tougher than Saturday but we worked our way through the field and knew that we had a chance of the overall win if we finished consistently.”

For a full run down or results from the weekend visit the P1 Superstock USA website.

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.