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Can Top Cat racing maintain their winning streak?

posted 21 Jul 2012, 04:34 by Lancashire Powerboat

Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club (LPRC) drivers will be back on the water this coming weekend to compete for the Mortgage Option Trophy in the fourth race of the annual club-racing calendar at Carr Mill Dam in St Helens on Sunday 22nd July.

At 2pm both Senior and Junior racers will be take to the water to enjoy the thrills and excitement of powerboat racing. Mike Pillow age 48, from Welshpool will be hoping to extend his current lead in the championship. Mike from Top Cat Racing Team will be driving his T850 monohull boat, which reaches speed of around 70 mph. Mike’s racing so far this season has been phenomenal and he has enjoyed victory in every club race this year.

Mike commented: “My club racing so far this season has been going really well and I am so pleased to have won all three races this is a great achievement. The last race was a very close one with the other drivers all trying their best to chase me down.”

He continued: “It is a really good sport to be involved in and the camaraderie from the other competitors is second to none. But, I do know that the other drivers are all really close behind me. They are waiting for me to make even the smallest mistake and any one of them will take full advantage and snatch the win from me. I am hoping to stay strong this weekend and take the glory once again. I won the Mortgage Option Trophy last season and hope to be successful and take it home again. I am looking forward to another great day of racing on Sunday.”

Mike will be joined on the water by other LPRC drivers, who are working on improving their boat set-up and performance ahead of the all-important National one-off Sprint Championship on 4th and 5th August, at Stewartby in Bedfordshire. This one-off championship gives any driver the chance to win a 2012 National Title by performing well for one weekend only. The competition is set to be fierce.

Racing at Carr Mill this Sunday will involve boats of different types competing together. They can range from the slower junior class boats raced from age 9 years, and can also include the fast Formula 2 catamaran boats that can reach speeds in excess of 115mph. The competitors who race this weekend will gain valuable points towards the LPRC Club Championship. Boats will be arriving throughout the morning with racing starting at 2pm. All Royal Yachting Association (RYA) licensed drivers from any powerboat class can take part. The boats will be split into two classes - there will be 3 heats of both senior and junior racing.

 To give boats of varying classes and different speeds, an equal chance of winning, a timed practice session will take place prior to racing. The boats will then start each race on a reverse handicap with the fastest boats starting last. Using this approach means that all boats of different speeds all race to take the honor of passing the chequered flag first.

The facilities at ‘the Boathouse’ will be open from 12 noon. Anybody can come down to watch or photograph the action. You can join in the fun, meet the drivers and their mechanics or simply enjoy a tasty snack or a drink at the bar. Following the racing, a presentation ceremony awarding the winning drivers will take place.