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LPRC Drivers do battle on the Broads

posted 10 May 2012, 05:57 by Lancashire Powerboat
Bank Holiday weekend 5th and 6th May at Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Motor Boat Club (LOBMBC) was the setting for the first National circuit powerboat racing round of 2012. The drivers were met by Green Light TV productions and eighties Formula 1 driver, ex top gear presenter and current
Fifth Gear TV presenter Tiff Needell. Tiff was able to share the news with the competitors, that he will be with them every step of the way at all their National powerboat race events for the 2012 season; in addition the races will all be televised with Tiff taking the presenter role in the final programme.

This is a great step forward for the sport and we look forward to meeting Tiff at Carr Mill on 2nd and 3rd June, as well as seeing all the action and our powerboat racing stars in a high definition TV programme very soon.

The crowds, who braved the less than perfect, yet dry conditions were treated to some thrilling racing over the weekend from the six different classes that were all competing for the first race of the prestigious 2012 titles. The Formula 2 race was undoubtedly the pinnacle of the action. Here is a quick snapshot of the racing…

LPRC drivers dominated the first two heats of fast and furious headline F2 racing action; Malcolm Goodman in his new DAC boat took the top spot followed by Alan Marshall. Malcolm put on a great display of driving skill and once again wowed the crowds. The sheer speed and his handling of the boat enabled him to lap most of the other boats on the water. It looked like Malcolm had it all wrapped up when in the third and final heat, he once again took the top spot. But then disaster stuck and the engine stopped, forcing Malcolm to retire from the race leaving the rest of the field to battle it out for the all-important first position. Malcolm’s JPL Racing teammate, Ian Andrews took the top spot making sure the team had the podium finish they craved. LPRC driver Alan Marshall was rewarded for his three, second positions by achieving the overall weekend win, leaving Malcolm to settle for 4th.

F2 Final Results: 1st Alan Marshall, 2nd Ian Andrews, 3rd Sven Hammer.

Pictured above: Malcolm Goodman (90) and Alan Marshall (34).

The Junior GT15 racing was also one of the best and most additive races to watch, as the youngsters battled hard. Ben Jelf lead all three races and won the overall weekend with most of the action happening behind him. Charlotte Newton and Jess Beaumont crashed out causing the race to stop in the first heat. Both drivers were ok and a few minor repairs were needed to both boats. Although not always getting the best of starts, Tiegen Goodfellow chased down the other drivers all weekend and did some great overtaking to finish in second place in the re-started race. After their incident, both Charlotte and Jess got straight back in their boats on the Monday, with Jess taking the second place in the next two heats.

GT15 Final Overall Results: 1st Ben Jelf, 2nd Tiegen Goodfellow, 3rd Thomas Mantripp.

Pictured above: Charlotte Newton (27) and Jess Beaumont crash, with Leon Wigg (5) expertly avoiding the incident.

GT30 class was also brimming with action, as the small boats are all so closely matched in speed it provided some great competitive close racing especially from Jordan Muckles and Kevin Hill, as both drivers pushed their boats to the limits. 

LPRC’s Ben Morse took the lead in all three heats, although in the final heat he fended off a serious challenge for the top spot from new driver Tom Yallop. Tom’s efforts were determined but his final manoeuvre saw him wipe out a turn buoy, and put an end to his challenge.

GT30 Final Results: 1st Ben Morse, 2nd Jordan Muckles, 3rd Kevin Hill.

In the T850 class only three drivers took to the water, but they still managed to impress the crowds with their commitment to challenge each other for the all-important positions. Mike Pillow held off Dave James’ challenges to win 2nd place for Top Cat racing team.

Final T850 positions: 1st Mark Williams, 2nd Mike Pillow, 3rd Dave James.

There were not any LPRC drivers competing in the other classes, although their final results were:
OSY 400: 1st Luke Hugman, 2nd Wayne Turner, 3rd Jason Mantripp
F4: 1st Mark Williams, 2nd Brian Block, 3rd Steve Hoult.

The next National racing event takes place here at Carr Mill on 2nd and 3rd June, judging by the first round it promises to be an action packed weekend of racing. The competitors are all now aware of who their rivals are for the top spots. From what we saw at Oulton Broad the drivers are all revved up and ready to challenge each other for the glory so lets hope the 2012 National Season continues as well as it has started, and the television cameras, great photos and media interest continue to help us put our sport on the map.

To see some of the action for yourself, see our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/LPRC1 or the LPRC Gallery http://www.lancashirepowerboat.com/gallery where LPRC race photographer Glynn Cunliffe, has captured some amazing pictures from the weekend.