Toughest P1 season of last five years says Wicks

Powerboat P1’s Chief Operating Officer Robert Wicks described the latest UK Superstock championship as the toughest in five years as Flying Panther claimed the title, writes former racer Richard Carr.

Title decider

Richard Carr’s home town Bournemouth hosted the title decider in late September which saw Flying Panther go up against Pertemps Network to decide the 2015 champion.

Flying Panther went into the weekend with the upper hand thanks to a 16 point lead and used that to their advantage to secure the title.

Crew Nick Williams and Martin Robinson have tackled the rough conditions arguably the best of all the teams this season and they drew on all their experience and expertise to bring their boat home safely in Bournemouth.

John Wilson and Daisy Coleman in the Pertemps boat pushed them right to the wire picking up three wins during the weekend, but it was only enough to secure them the runners-up spot in the championship.

Defending Champs focused on the US

Last year’s winners GD Environmental didn’t have the best of times defending their UK championship with the brutal seas once again putting pay to their hopes of back to back titles. The pairing of James Norvill and Charlie Parsons-Young will now focus their attentions on achieving back to back titles in the USA, which looks far more realistic considering their current standing in the championship.

Tough conditions

Speaking after the final race, Robert Wicks praised the teams for competing in tough conditions: “The teams have had to contend with some hugely challenging conditions at times and the battle for the title was enthralling right through to the final day of the season. Andy Warhol would be delighted that every team had it’s 15 minutes of fame. Our fleet of eleven one-design P1 Panther race boats has entertained around 150,000 spectators this summer, together with television viewers in more than 100 countries.”

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.