Reigning Champs reignite title charge

Races 1 and 2 of the Powerboat P1 Hull Grand Prix saw last year’s champions GD Environmental get their season back on track with a first and second place, writes Richard Carr.

Calmer conditions

Having been battered and bruised during the previous round in Gosport, the racers were dealt far calmer conditions for the first day in Hull.

Both races saw the three same teams battle victory with Flying Panther being the odd one out picking up a second and third place.

Home team Allam Marine came out on top in race one followed home by GD Environmental, but it was the reigning champs who came out on top in race 2 ahead of Flying Panther.

Bad day for leaders

The current championship leaders Pertemps suffered a disappointing day, finishing outside the top three in both races.

Going into the race they held a nine point lead over Allam Marine and 17 over Flying Panther, however after race one that lead had dissolved and there hopes of being back at the top at the end of the weekend rested on a strong Sunday showing.

A review of Sunday’s racing can be found on Richard Carr’s Racing website tomorrow.

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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