Five races planned for 2015
Rumours about a new series in powerboating to rival the likes of the Key West ‘World Championship’ first circulated earlier this month. SBI promoter John Carbonell shocked the world of powerboating when he banned the Spirt of Qatar Team from taking part in Key West because he believed they planned on launching a rival series.
At the time it was a strange decision, but based on the recent news coming out of Qatar about the series, Carbonell was well in his rights to be concerned.
The OPGP, under the Chairmanship of one of Britain’s most decorated powerboat racers Steve Curtis MBE, has five grand prix’s planned for the USA, whilst the Qatar Cup is likely to be staged in Doha Bay.
Interest from 50 teams
The new series will be ruled and backed by the Qatar Marine Sports Federation and although the series is still be officially announced, 50 teams from three classes have expressed an interest based on the series’ attractive financial package.
Interest in the OPGP has come from New Zealand, Australia, Europe and the USA.
Teams taking part in the Qatar Cup will literally be paid for their presence on the start line. It has been reported that the shipping, airfares and accommodation costs will be paid for by the series as well as an appearance fee for each team.
Reports also suggest that the US races of the series will be staged in the State of Florida with the popular venue of Sarasota already signed up.
Carr supports new series
Richard Carr raced against and alongside Steve Curtis and believes that the OPGP is awesome news for the sport, which desperately needed a shot in the arm.
He is fully in support of the new series and wishes Steve good luck with the venture. Powerboat racing is the greatest motor sport on earth, and so deserves a lucky break, which in turn will hopefully attract global brands to sponsor teams.
Richard continued by saying he plans to compete in the series once he has concluded some personal issues; he loves racing and believes that the OPGP is the start of something special.
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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