Palfreyman sets the early pace in RYA Powerboat GP

The new season of the RYA Powerboat GP Championship got underway on the weekend and it was local racer Matt Palfreyman who gained the early advantage after race one.

Chilly start in Lancashire

The first weekend of the 2015 season was held in St Helens at Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club’s Carr Mill Dam. 30 entries from all over Britain took to the waters across five National classes: GT15, GT30, T850, F4 and F2.

Defending F2 champion Paul Balfour was the favourite to continue from where he left off last year, but that wasn’t the case. Palfreyman made the perfect start, gaining pole position before dominating the first race in fantastic fashion.

Tiff Needell, who fronted Sky Sports’ coverage of the weekend, spoke with Palfreyman after the race: “I’m ecstatic with the win today but it’s only one race and the other competitors will be even more determined tomorrow to try and stop me repeating today’s success,” said Matt.

“The boat is running really well and I’ll remain focused tomorrow and hopefully we can repeat the result – It’s a long way to win the championship, but we will see what we can do!”

Head to head

In the F4 class Mike Pillow and Ben Morse continued their exciting battle that gripped last year’s series, at Carr Mill Dam. Pillow’s pole position was to prove the deciding factor with Morse not having enough in the tank to challenge despite overtaking Sam Whittle for second.

Race 1 Results

Position F2 F4 T850 GT30 GT15
1 Matt Palfreyman Mike Pillow Matt Wood Ben Jelf Thomas Mantripp
2 Steve Hoult Ben Morse Bill Owen Jamie Norris-Still Jonathan Brewer
3 Paul Balfour Sam Whittle Dave James Bexley Nunn Elliot Fleet
4 Owen Jelf Natalie Craddock Steve Cash Matt Palfreyman Tiegen Goodfellow
5 Colin Jelf Paul Veares Nigel Edwards Jack Pickles
6 Mark Williams Jordan Muckles George Elmore
7 Alan Marshall Harvey Smith
8 Chris Loney

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.

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