Former P1 powerboat racer Richard Carr today reports on the 87th General Assembly, which saw UIM President Raffaele Chiulli and the sport’s national federations praise P1’s achievements during 2014.
120 delegates attend season review
Held in Ibiza, 120 delegates representing 30 different nations met to review the past season of racing to propose rule changes for the 2015 season.
P1 is recognised as providing affordable and accessible racing at national level, something that was commended by President Chiulli.
2014 proved to be a fantastic year for the series with 10 events and 47 races staged in the United Kingdom and United States, with a record number of teams and pilots participating in the series.
2014 undoubtedly the most successful
P1’s chief operating officer, Robert Wicks, was in attendance at the Assembly and speaking to P1’s official website, he said: “2014 has undoubtedly been our most successful year to date, with a record number of teams taking part in the series.
“This sporting success on the water has been matched by outstanding commercial results on land with a number of new venues and sponsors engaging with P1. During the year we have further strengthened our relationship with the UIM and several of the national authorities.
“There has been a clear focus on top class events run to the highest standards where P1 continues to lead the sport in terms of race management and safety. There has also been considerable effort placed on international expansion efforts and we look forward to making some important announcements in the near future.”
Continued growth needed in 2015
Countering his praise, President Chiulli also addressed the need for the sport to keep growing ahead of a challenging 2015.
“It is imperative that the UIM focuses on growing the sport in a difficult financial climate. We also need to focus on attracting and training new officials, while at the same time improving the perception of the sport to the outside world,” he said.
About Richard Carr
Richard Carr 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.