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Ben Morse takes the only LPRC win at Bodymoor

posted 6 Aug 2012, 15:19 by Lancashire Powerboat   [ updated 7 Aug 2012, 13:06 ]

The Powerboat GP RYA National Championship series moved to Bodymoor Heath in the Midlands over the weekend of 14th/15th July. With the Cardiff event having been cancelled due to high winds, Bodymoor marked the 3rd out of only 4 rounds in the 2012 championship for all but the F2 class (F2’s no longer run at the venue due to the water depth). Lack of water was not a problem on this occasion though as recent flooding put the event at risk. Fortunately the water levels receded sufficiently for the event to be run, although it was touch and go when a river feeding the lake burst its banks on the Friday of the event.

LPRC drivers took part in the 4 sportsboat classes. Matt Palfreyman, competing in the F4 class just prior to his next F4s Eurofin Championship round in Kiev, was one of six drivers and was in the running for a podium finish after finishing 2nd in heat 1 and 3rd in heat 2, before a power trim  problem forced him into retiring from heat 3.

The T850 racing was entertaining as always with 5 out of 6 drivers being from LPRC. Stuart Williams swelled the ranks and although his 90hp engine meant he did not qualify for National points, he gave Mark Williams from Oulton Broad a run for his money and finished the event in 2nd place. But where National championship points were concerned, Bill Owen (Last of the Summer Wine Racing) took 2nd place and Mike Pillow (Top Cat Racing) 3rd.  Dave James (Last of the Summer Wine Racing) took 4th with Jason Brewer (JPL Racing) returning to the class after around 20 years, took 5th.

The GT15 race saw some really close racing and Tiegen Goodfellow (JPL Racing) improved her position in each of the 3 heats finishing up with a fantastic second place, saw her take 3rd place overall. It was great to see Charlotte Newton (Top Cat Racing) getting off the start so must better with a newly worked prop, such that she finished in 4th place overall.

It was the GT30 race that everyone was talking about with only 1 second separating the top 5 boats on the grid and Ben Morse took pole position after a fiercely fought practise session. The racing was close all weekend with battles right through the field of 7 boats. Jordan Muckles had gremlins all weekend and failed to find his usual form finishing in 7th place. Malcolm Goodman (JPL Racing) was the GT30 guest driver and entertained the crowds with some spectacular driving all weekend finishing in 4th place. But in top spot was Ben Morse (JPL Racing) driving without error all weekend. He reached the 1st turn in 1st place in every heat and although was challenged closely by team mate Kevin Hill, Ben dominated the class stretching his lead on every lap. This fabulous win takes Ben to joint top of the GT30 National Championship points table with team mate Hill and only 1 race to go at the end of September.