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Big Surprise for Powerboat Champion, BIll Owen at RYA Powerboat Racing Awards Ceremony

posted 7 Mar 2013, 13:15 by Lancashire Powerboat
On Saturday 4th February, Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club drivers Bill Owen, Malcolm Goodman and Ben Morse collected their prestigious awards at the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) annual powerboat racing awards. On the night there was a huge surprise for Bill Owen from the Last of the Summer Wine racing team, who was left totally speechless when his son Joe made a surprise journey and appearance at the event.

 Joe flew the 10,000 miles from Australia, where he is starting a new career, to see Bill collect his well-earned T850 Powerboat GP National Sprint Title. Joe’s arrival was courtesy of the new Powerboat GP promoter, Jason Brewer. Jason made this fantastic surprise gesture of flying Joe home for the event as a special thank you for the loan of his boat for the 2012 season. After Joe left for pastures new Bill loaned Jason a boat so he could compete throughout the season. Jason jumped at the chance to re-start his powerboat career and get back into the T850 class that he raced almost eighteen years ago. This kind gesture from Bill and Joe, enabled Jason to return to compete once again in the sport that he loves.

Bill said: “It was a privilege to win the T850 Sprint Championship and to collect the award, although when I saw Joe, I can honesty say that Jason Brewer flying him home, was the first time in my life that I was left both speechless and breathless. It was amazing to see him - totally unexpected. It was a fantastic night and a massive, massive surprise.”

Also collecting awards was Malcolm Goodman, pictured laden with his trophies, as he claimed the top prizes in UK powerboat racing. Malcolm made a clean sweep of UK Formula 2 titles winning both the Powerboat GP British Formula 2 title as well as the British Sprint title. He also claimed 2nd in Auronzo Italy in the European Championship, and took part in the prestigious Formula 1, F1H2o series by taking part in the last two races at Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates.

Malcolm said, “I had a challenging season and I am proud of our final achievements. I did not make it easy with hitting turn-buoys, dealing with technical problems with the engine as well as crashing out twice at Nottingham in the world championship I really thought it wasn’t going to be my season. But I have a great team in JPL racing and the whole team pulled together to fix the boat and make sure we were in good shape and well placed to take both British Championships. Many thanks team – I could not have done it without you! After also taking part in the F1H2o series, I am now eager to get back in boat and start the challenge for 2013 titles.”

Ben Morse, age 19 from Ashton-in-makerfield, picked up his new National speed record for class F4-s. Ben set the pace in this new style boat appearing on UK waters, after driving the boat on only a handful of times. 

Ben showed onlookers how it was done, and set a new British record of 68.80mph on the first day of Records week at Coniston in the Lake District. Ben will be racing the new boat in the up and coming racing season, in both the Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club Championship and the National Powerboat GP Championship.

To see Bill, Malcolm and Ben alongside other Lancashire Powerboat Racing drivers take to the water and start the challenge for the 2013 titles, join us at Carr Mill Dam, St Helens on Sunday 7th April for the first club race of the season. 

Boats will take to the water for timed practice, with racing starting at 2pm. The boat house will be open serving food and drink. All welcome. 

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