ThunderCats are back!

Rounds 7 and 8 of the RYA ThunderCat National Championship will take place at the superb seaside resort of Southsea in Portsmouth this weekend, reports former racer Richard Carr.

Calm conditions forecasted

The racers will be hoping for better conditions than the first three weekends of the championship have thrown up. It has made racing much harder on both the competitors and the boats.

However, the scene was probably set on the opening weekend when what was expected to be an easy opening event at Boscombe, Dorset saw the racers compete in surf like conditions!

Hopefully, the racers this weekend will have calmer waters to race along. Two full days of action packed racing will take place over the Saturday and Sunday at the great south coastal resort. Spectators will be able to watch up close the adrenalin filled racers battle for positions in a bid to make the top 12 of the final heat.

Tapp on fire

James Tapp’s form has been simply untouchable during the first six rounds of the championship season which has seen him open up a 39 point gap over second placed Rob Davies. Four victories in six racers has put him in pole position and clear favourite for the title.

Interestingly, after rounds 1 & 2 of the championship Bligh Julius led the championship, seven points ahead of Tapp. However, since then his fortunes have taken a dramatic downturn with just one point from race racers.

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.