Scarborough set for festival of speed

Following its launch in London earlier this month, Powerboat P1 is preparing to head to the historic Yorkshire coastal resort of Scarborough in just over a week’s time, reports former racer Richard Carr.

BBC Breakfast

In the run up to the event, the championship received some excellent coverage on BBC Breakfast when reporter Mike Bushell tested out some of the boats for a three minute feature.

Powerboat and Jet Ski racers will compete off the coast on May 29, 30 and 31. The last powerboats to race off the town’s coast was back in 2008 when the ThunderCat racers held a two day event.

P1’s chief operating officer told the Scarborough Newspaper: “The P1 Scarborough Grand Prix of the Sea will be a double bill of fast, furious and free-to- watch racing at South Bay over the weekend of 30th/31st May.

“The Queen of the Yorkshire Coast offers first class facilities and attractions and will be a great location to launch our 2015 season, which will see P1 racers and riders compete for national titles at five venues around the country, including Cardiff and Bournemouth, across the summer.”

Up close racing

The Dale Power Solutions sponsored event will provide three races of 20 minutes each over the course of the weekend. It should prove to be a fantastic spectacle for the audience with the SuperStock race courses set very close to shore, demanding tight and fast racing.

Cllr David Chance, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism and Culture, added: “We are absolutely delighted that Scarborough has been chosen by P1 for its season opener in 2015.

“Our tourism team has worked very hard behind the scenes to secure the crucial sponsorship required to deliver such a large scale event. We now look forward, with excitement, to working closely with the P1 team in the coming months to bring a truly first class spectacle to the Yorkshire coast.”

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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