Tapp turns up the heat on fellow ThunderCat racers

James Tapp’s relentless pursuit of the 2015 ThunderCat title showed no signs of letting up at the latest outing in Portsmouth, reports Richard Carr.

Hero to Zero!

His win alongside co-driver Ed Redman in Round 7 of the 2014 RYA P750 British Championship further extended his lead at the top of the leader board.

However, his delight was short lived after crashing out in Round 8.

But, back to Round 7, which saw Tapp and Redman win all but one of the heats; World Champion Sean Fisher pipped them in heat 4.

Hoonigan/Ahmad Tea produced a number of steady performances to leave them second overall.

Round 7 Results:

  1. James Tapp and Ed Redman – Microlink / Ahmad Tea
  2. Rob Davies and Darren Phillips – Hoonigan / Ahmad Tea
  3. Bligh Julius and Arron Joyce – Team 33 – Multispark Racing Products

Round 8 reversal

Having finished third the following day, Bligh Julius soared to the top of the podium with a fantastic victory, which saw Tapp crash out in the final.

There was further good news also for Fisher who took a deserved second place overall alongside Damion Bowen.

The weekend was organised by Portsmouth sailing legend Alan Priddy, who hopes to break a world record later this year when his around-the-world voyage commences in a specially built powerboat.

Portsmouth City Council leader Donna Jones handed out trophies to the winners and told Portsmouth News:

“I am very pleased that we have had the first ThunderCats race here in Portsmouth as part of the British championships.

“When you are sitting on the beach watching it, the speed looks fast. I can’t imagine how much faster it must feel when you are in there.”

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.