Despite being outperformed by last year’s champions GD Environmental, Pertemps produced four solid performances to maintain their lead at the top of the Powerboat P1 leader board, writes Richard Carr.
Return of the champs
With James Norvill and Christian Parsons-Young back in the form that saw them lift two titles last year, the Hull Grand Prix saw this year’s P1 championship blown wide open heading into the second half of the season.
GD Environmental moved up to fourth in the championship table courtesy of three wins from four races on the Humber Estuary.
The Welshman took advantage of the far calmer conditions compared to the last GP in Gosport, to show that they are far from out of this year’s title race.
Close at the top
Current leaders John Wilson and Daisy Coleman in the Pertemps boat pushed hard all weekend, but saw their lead cut to just seven points by Flying Panther with just two events remaining.
Allam Marine enjoyed a good Saturday performance but will no doubt rue the incident that effected them in the first race on Sunday. They looked set for a podium position being ejected from the boat; thankfully neither member of the crew was injured, however they will need to work overtime to get their boat repaired in time for the next round.
The championship now heads to Cardiff Bay over the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of August, which will be staged in conjunction with the Cardiff Harbour Festival.
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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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