With a good mixture of rookies and experienced competitors taken to the shores, neither found the going easy in the four-foot surf.
2013 World Champion, South African Sean Fisher, was on debut for Team Bobkat – Moku Racing and was in fantastic touch with only the ejection of his co-driver in heat 3 robbing him of a 100% win rate ahead of the final.
Like Fisher, James Tapp of Microlink/Ahmad Tea entered into the final with three heat wins. Meanwhile Team 33 drafted in Jack Weller to replace last year’s British champion Bligh Julius and he impressed with four second placed finishes in the heats.
Round 3 Final
Due to the late running of the heats, the final was pushed back to the Sunday morning. Fisher lead Tapp home, but it wasn’t enough for him to take the overall round as a result of his zero point score in heat 3.
There was no rest for the competitors following the conclusion of Round 3, with Round 4 immediately on the agenda.
As a result of the previous day’s conditions, a number of crew changes had to be made with drivers suffering from injuries. The most notable was Demelza Johns who became the co-driver for Fisher.
Sadly, as a result of the tough conditions the final had to be cancelled with the result calculated from the drivers’ positions in the heats.
Team 51 claimed the overall victory, Johns claimed his first ever ThundatCat Racing podium with a second placed finish for Team Bobkat – Moku Racing, whilst Tapp was awarded third.
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.