Pertemps maintain narrow lead after Hull GP

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.

Team Hull Championship
Pertemps 56 179
Flying Panther 66 172
Allam Marine 35 149
GD Environmental 77 136
VisitWales.com 36 125
Pickfords Racing 48 124
Typhoo 52 117
New Wave 45 109
Quantum Racing 39 98
Lycamobile Racing 33 97
Arthur J Gallagher 36 75

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.