Former P1 team owner and racer Richard Carr was eager to see the provisional race calendar for the 2016 P1 SuperStock season announced at this year’s P1 UK Annual Awards earlier this month.
Unlike the 2014, which saw the Championship dominated by GD Environmental, this year’s title race was a thrill right to the final race, with three teams battling it out for glory.
At this year’s Annual Awards held at the home of Surrey CC the Oval Cricket Ground, more than 150 competitors, sponsors, venue partners and suppliers gathered to see this year’s 2015 P1 SuperStock and AquaX Champions crowned and hear early plans for next year.
14-15 May, Scarborough – Yorkshire Grand Prix of the Sea
18-19 June, Greenock – Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea
09-10 July, Gosport – English Grand Prix of the Sea
28-29 August, Cardiff – Welsh Grand Prix of the Sea
3/4 or 10/11 September, Bournemouth – Grand Finale
On the evening, P1 Chief Operating Officer Robert Wicks presented a number of special awards.
Rookie of the Year – Kevin Burdock
Wicks said: “Back in late 2014 Kevin was prospective racer who was asking all the right questions but was a long, long way off making a reality of going racing in 2015. As perhaps expected, the year was not a smooth one and Kevin faced several challenges. But ultimately his resilience, attention to detail and tenacity shone through and no matter how deep the hole, Kevin found a way to bounce back, and this ultimately translated into a thoroughly deserved, if rather unexpected, podium finish in Gosport as well as the respect and admiration of his peers.”
Spirt of P1 Award – John Wilson
Wicks said: “Since 2011, John has raced in 23 P1 SuperStock events, 73 individual races and has amassed a rather remarkable 939 points. And that points haul excludes his 2010 season before he stepped up into a Panther as well as his remarkable victory at the final round of the US season last month in Florida. In 2011 he won the inaugural P1 SuperStock Championship with a masterclass of driving the new boat. He followed this up with three third places between 2012 and 2014 and narrowly missed out on a second championship win this season. Throughout his career John has pushed the limits, respected the rules and been a true ambassador for P1, his sponsors and the sport as a whole.”
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.