Scarborough set to open P1 race season in 2015

Former P1 powerboat racer Richard Carr reports today on the news that the Scarborough Grand Prix of the Sea will open the P1 2015 race season.

Debut for Scarborough

P1, the world’s leading marine motorsport brand, announced its 2015 race calendar last month.

Scarborough’s addition to the list is a welcome boost for P1 as it aims to spread its name within the UK and also across the seas. Its first visit to South Bay will serve up a feast of sport and entertainment with is SuperStock powerboat championship and AquaX Jet Ski race series.

Free to watch powerboat action

Confirmed by the P1 chief operating officer Robert Wicks, the opening weekend of the season will be free to watch for powerboat enthusiasts.

“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.”

Fantastic news for the Yorkshire coast

Both Cllr David Chance and Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, spoke of their delight at seeing Scarborough host the P1 season opener.

Chance said: “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.”

Verity added: “It is great news for the Yorkshire coast, and indeed the rest of Yorkshire, that Scarborough has been chosen to kick off the 2015 P1 powerboat season. It promises to be the perfect showcase for what the stunning Yorkshire coast has to offer, and a world-class event of this scale is an exciting prospect for all.”

About P1 Powerboat

Powerboat P1 began racing in 2003 and is fully sanctioned by the Royal Yachting Association. Since then it has raced in 17 countries on three continents, clocking up in excess of 200 race events.

In 2010 P1 launched the one-design SuperStock championship with the P1 Panther race boat, and this year saw more than 20 teams compete in the UK and USA series, attracting 300,000 live spectators.

Launched in the UK in 2011 and in the USA last year, P1 AquaX Jet Ski racing runs alongside the powerboat action and will see more than 30 riders take to the waters of South Bay.

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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