Powerboat racing in 2015 – what to expect?

Former British powerboat champion Richard Carr competed in the sport during its heyday and it is fair to say that 2014 wasn’t the best year for powerboat racing.

Depleted classes

The 2014 calendar for UIM World Class 1 and F1 has suffered, whilst activity in the UK in terms of races has yet to be confirmed.

Strengthened calendars are expected in 2015 with at least two more F1 GP’s being added as Frenchman Philippe Chiappe aims to defend his recently awarded crown.

After P1 Powerboats announced plans to host a race in China, it seems likely that the region will add another venue to the F1 calendar, most likely in Beijing. The very popular venue of Liuzhou is already set to host a GP in their custom made water sports centre.

Portuguese city Porto looks set to host a race, whilst an event in France is also being negotiated. F1 may have strengthened their hand following Chiappe’s Championship winning season in 2014.

What will OPGP offer?

Richard Carr confirmed late last year his support of former competitor Steve Curtis’ new series, Offshore Powerboat Grand Prix.

Richard believes that it will shake up powerboat racing in a good way and expects the series to be a real success. The opening round will be hosted in Doha, Qatar and OPGP expect at least 40 boats to compete, which does seem slightly ambitious.

Four other venues in the USA have been announced ahead of the inaugural season.

Activity in the UK

The famous Cowes Classic race is the only event which looks certain of going ahead in 2015. Rumours are circulation about a Round British ‘Cannon Ball’ Rally, which is being proposed by Mike Lloyd.

Lloyd promoted the Round Britain UIM marathon race in 2008 and it is being said that teams don’t have to pay to enter, but simply sign an entry form.

One race weekend that will definitely go ahead is the Powerboat P1 season opener in Scarborough. The Yorkshire coastal resort will host its first ever race in P1 in May later this year.

About Richard Carr

Richard Carr 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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