Heading into the Cardiff GP of the 2015 P1 Superstock season all eyes were on last year’s championship winners GD Environmental Services following a strong showing in Hull, however it was the Typhoo team who stole the plaudits on Day 1, reports former championship racer Richard Carr.
Pole to flag
Having qualified fastest in the morning session, John Donnelly and Kevin Hunt in the Typhoo boat took full advantage of their pole to turn in two superb races on the Saturday of the Welsh Grand Prix.
Home team pairing of James Norvill and Charlie Parsons-Young continued their revival in the UK version of the championship with a first and second place in their heats. The Newport pairing were cheered on by a packed Welsh crowd on a rather blustery afternoon in Cardiff.
Flying Panther and Pertemps also enjoyed good days as they strived to keep ahead of the inform GD Environmental team.
Going down to the wire
The 52 points earned by Flying Panther on the opening day gave them a one point margin heading into the second day of racing ahead of near rivals Pertemps.
The same can’t be said for Arthur J Gallagher tough, who experienced a frustrating day and find themselves down in a lowly ninth place after missing a race marker.
Results – day one
Typhoo – 60points
GD Environmental – 54points
Flying Panther – 52points
Pertemps – 51points
Allam Marine – 44points
Visit Wales – 41points
Pickfords – 40points
Lycamobile – 38points
Arthur J Gallagher – 37points
New Wave Racing – 36points
Quantum Racing – 28points
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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