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LPRC drivers will be back on the water on Sunday 17th June

posted 11 Jun 2012, 07:25 by Lancashire Powerboat   [ updated 11 Jun 2012, 09:51 ]

Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club (LPRC) drivers will be back on the water this coming weekend to compete for the Dunlop Hiflex Trophy in the third race of the annual club-racing calendar at Carr Mill Dam in St Helens on Sunday 17th June.

At 2pm both senior and junior racers will take to the water to enjoy the thrills and excitement of powerboat racing. Mike Pillow from Welshpool, will be hoping to extend his lead in the championship even further. Mike has enjoyed the victory in both the opening club races in his Top Cat Racing sponsored monohull boat. He will be joined by other LPRC drivers, who are all keen to come and join in the challenge for the annual title, as well as those who are working on improving their outfits and boat set-up ahead for the next round of the National Championship that will be held in Cardiff the following weekend (23-4 June).

Racing on Sunday will involve boats of different types competing together. You can see the junior classes in action and they will be followed by the senior drivers. Boats of all types can take part, including the Formula 2 catamaran boats that can reach speeds in excess of 115mph. Competitors who race this weekend will gain valuable points towards the LPRC Club Championship.

LPRC Commodore, Brenda Goodman said: “Following the wet weather at the National Championships which was our last race day, we are hoping the conditions will be kinder to our racers and spectators this coming weekend. This race gives our drivers the chance to practice their racing skills whilst competing for the Club Championship. It also gives the teams the chance to work on boat set-ups and make sure their boats are performing well ahead of the next National round that is scheduled to take place in Cardiff on 23 and 24 June 2012.”

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, 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.