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Double podium finish for Top Cat Racing Team drivers at Nottingham

posted 19 Sep 2012, 15:20 by Lancashire Powerboat
As the end of the national powerboat racing season is fast approaching it is all finally coming together for the Top Cat Racing Team.

Charlotte Newton, age 14 from Lowton, put in an impressive performance and secured second place in last weekend’s invitation GT15 race at the National Watersports Centre, Holme-Pierpoint. Nottingham. All season Charlotte has battled hard but has not quite managed to get onto the pace and put up a real challenge to her competitors.

Although at last, it all came together for the young racer. Charlotte drove like a pro all weekend and now with the valuable pace that she needed she set out to battle with the other drivers for the top spot.

Charlotte put up a real challenge in the speed test, match race and in each of her four races over the weekend to secure a brilliant second position in all disciplines. A great achievement, well done Charlotte and Team Top Cat a performance to be proud of. Also competing in the GT15 class were LPRC driver Tiegen Goodfellow who claimed fifth and our two new drivers Lucy and Jonathon Brewer. The brother and sister pair put up a great challenge on the water, but this time it was Jonathan who came out on top and took sixth ahead of his sister who claimed ninth.  

Charlotte will be back on the water this weekend as she heads to the final round of the National Championship, this coming weekend 22 and 23 Sept at Stewartby Lake in Bedfordshire.

Not to be out-done by Charlotte’s impressive performance, her teammate and experienced racer, Mike Pillow from Welshpool also stepped up to the challenge. In his first time out in a GT30 he showed great resolve after qualifying in just sixth place he had it all to do during the races. Mike pulled out all the stops and put the boat through its paces to also finish in an impressive second place in line with Charlotte’s performance.

Mike finished just ahead of LPRC driver Ben Morse from the JPL racing team who claimed the third place on the podium. The GT30 race was a real impressive one to watch as the small boats swopped and changed position throughout the race as all of the drivers battled hard to gain the advantage over their competitors. Natalie Craddock from Wigan finished in fourth, while Dave James from Warrington took sixth place.