Pertemps depart Gosport in top spot

After being awarded victory and riding to first on day 1 of the Gosport Grand Prix, the Pertemps team produced two more solid performances on day 2 to leave as P1 Superstock championship leaders, writes Richard Carr.

Tough weekend

Saturday’s tough conditions were made to look insignificant by the weather front that greeted the teams on Sunday. Outbreaks of rain and a fierce southerly wind made just getting to the finish a major achievement.

Sadly, after attracting large crowds on the Saturday, the weather certainly did put people with only a small contingent of hardy souls braving the wet and wild conditions.

Battle of nine

After dusting themselves down on Saturday evening, nine teams prepared to do battle on the Sunday in the face of winds gusting to more than 40 knots.

Pertemps followed by their exploits on day 1 with an impressive second and third place finishes to clinch the Grand Prix trophy.

Reigning UK Superstock champions bounced back from their Scarborough disappointment to record 50 points and second spot on the podium, however the biggest cheer of the weekend went to privateer Kevin Burdock.

Along with his navigator Jonny Allbutt, the Quantum Racing boat team in just their second race finish third, just a point behind last year’s champions.

War of attrition

Speaking to P1’s official website, Chief Operating Officer Robert Wicks said: “The toughest event in five years of SuperStock racing, and a weekend of two halves.”

Whilst soaked in wine from the podium celebrations, Kevin Burdock said: “It’s all happened so quickly – from expressing my interest in racing in the P1 series, to buying a boat and now a top three finish. It was seriously tough out there this weekend.”

Results

Team Event Results Championship Standings
Pertemps 72 123
Allam Marine 40 114
Flying Panther 32 106
Visit Wales 40 89
Pickfords 17 76
Lycamobile 25 66
Typhoo 27 65
New Wave Racing 32 64
Quantum Racing 49 59
GD Environmental 50 59
Arthur J Gallagher 0 39