Powerboat P1 2015 season to launch in London

The eagerly awaited launch of the Powerboat P1 race season will take place at London’s Royal Docks early next month, reports former championship racer Richard Carr.

Historic waterfront

Powerboat P1, the world’s leading marine motorsport brand, will announce a bumper 40-race powerboat and Jet Ski series in the UK at the launch on Friday 8 May.

The waters of London’s Royal Victoria Dock – arguably the capital’s most historic waterfront location – will host dignitaries and racers from the Superstock and Aqua X series.

The event will start with a press conference from 11am at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Victoria Dock, adjacent to London’s ExCel building and beneath the Emirates Air Line. Following the press conference, a number of boat unveilings will take place as well as powerboat and Jet Ski experience rides.

Yorkshire

Both championships get underway in Scarborough, Yorkshire at the end of May as part of a five-venue season, which features Cardiff as the headline event over the August bank holiday weekend. The final race will be held off the Dorset Coast in September.

Powerboat P1’s COO, Robert Wicks commented: “London and the Royal Docks provide the ideal setting for our season launch when we will be announcing a new host venue, new partners and new race teams. All our P1 race weekends will be a double bill of powerboat and jet ski racing with a total of six national championship races, putting P1 at the forefront of the sport in the UK.”

USA

Daytona will host the start of the USA Powerboat P1 Championships this weekend for Aqua X whilst the first Superstock event will take place in Jacksonville in early June.

“Our extensive event line-up on both sides of the Atlantic makes P1 the world’s largest marine motorsport promoter, with a total of 11 events and more than 120 competitors across the SuperStock and AquaX race series,” said Wicks.

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.