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Inspiring a Generation at LPRC

posted 10 Sep 2012, 12:32 by Lancashire Powerboat   [ updated 10 Sep 2012, 12:37 ]

This weekend saw great weather, shiny new boats and budding new junior drivers on the water down at Carr Mill Dam.

New to the water was a Molgaard F4s, tested on Saturday and raced in Sunday’s Comcare Trophy by LPRC’s Matt Palfreyman. Matt who is no stranger to the F4s has been competing in the UIM F4S H2O world championships for F1 Atlantic Team on the international circuit.

Sunday was the day for new junior drivers to pitch their new found talents against their peers. A total of four new junior drivers joined girl racers Charlotte Newton and Tiegen Goodfellow to battle for the 2012 Comcare Junior Trophy.

Will Smeltzer, who impressed club officials in his first training session in LPRC’s training boat on Saturday earned his place in the starting line up for the Comcare Junior Trophy. Will showed great persistence, ability and promise as a future regular LPRC driver.

Jack Pickles, 10 years old from Farnworth is Top Cat Racing Teams newest and youngest driver. Since completing his training session at LPRC earlier this year Jack has been looking forward to taking part in his first race. Club racing and the reverse handicap system take some getting used to, as with most new drivers young and old, club racing is a balance between improving and not busting your time. After racing on Sunday Jack said “I found it very rough out there with waves from the other boats but I got used to it and the last heat was definitely my best.” Jack is looking forward to getting more experience through club racing before representing Top Cat Racing next year at National level. Jack finished just behind Tiegen Goodfellow overall who took 4th place in the days event.

Brother and Sister, Jonathan and Lucy Brewer both driving GT15’s held their own in their first ever club race with Lucy beating Jonathan to finish in 2nd place overall leaving Jonathan in a very respectable 3rd place.

Charlotte Newton was the old hand in this year’s Comcare Trophy and her consistent driving earned her the number one spot and the right to lift this year’s Comcare Junior Trophy.

A great turnout of senior drivers saw ten boats take to the water for this year’s Comcare Trophy made up of 5 T850, 4 GT30 and 1 F4s.

Natalie Craddock from Wigan was one of five GT30 drivers competing this weekend but sadly only completed one heat. Matt Palfreyman was trying out different set ups on the F4s and after engine problems earlier in the weekend Dave James was running his engine in. Malcolm Goodman was on form in a JPL Racing GT30 ahead of next weekend’s F2 UIM world championships final round for 2012 being held in Nottingham.

Jason Brewer couldn’t quite match the performance that his children put in this weekend but after some very close racing with Mick Pillow and Bill Owen settled for 6th Place. Ben Morse and Kevin Hill are both driving for JPL racing this year and were neck and neck throughout the 3 heats but Kevin took 4th place ahead of Ben.

So, Three LPRC stalwarts, with over 100 years racing experience between them in their T850’s took the top spots in this year’s Comcare Trophy. Bill Owen from St. Helens drove with all the passion, flare and finesse of a fighter pilot always delivering an exciting spectacle but sadly this time he had to settle for 3rd place. Close driving by Mike Pillow from Welshpool gained him 2nd place behind Stuart Williams from Warrington who is this year’s recipient of the Comcare Trophy.