Yorkshire set to host opening weekend of 2016 P1 Powerboat Championship

Yorkshire’s historic coastal town of Scarborough will once again play host to the opening weekend of the UK’s biggest powerboat competition, P1, writes former racer Richard Carr.

Free to air viewing

Last year, the South Bay in Scarborough made a superb debut as a host venue for the championship and this year looks set to be bigger and better – especially considering that the action is free to watch!

As well as the powerboat and jet-ski action, Jet Ski freestyle world champion Lee Stone and national champion Jason Bleasdale will wow crowds with their unique displays. Furthermore, there will be live commentary, concessions and stands, as well as the chance to watch the winners crowned on the podium.

Aqua X

Last year, 40 P1 riders took to the North Sea and its unusually calm waters. It was a series of hat-tricks for Phil Pope, Adrian Wilson and Dave Lee. In the stand-ups, the young guns showed everyone how it’s supposed to be done, with 15year old Aaron Cantwell and 14year old Harry Robinson picking up the overall victory.

In the powerboats, the result gave a clear indication in how the season would be decided with eventual P1 SuperStock champions Flying Panther clinching victory via a ‘fastest lap decider’ against fan favourites’ Allam Marine.

Family Fun

The weekend proved to have something for everyone last year and was a massive hit with families. Scarborough has plenty of sights and sounds to keep everyone entertained throughout the race weekend.

The Yorkshire coast’s largest holiday destination has multiple attractions spread across the town and seafront – harbours, theatres, cinemas, markets, museums, a busy town centre, beautiful parks and plenty more.