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Matt rocks in Russia with double victory

posted 26 Jun 2012, 04:18 by Lancashire Powerboat
With strong winds in Kazan, Russia Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club’s driver Matthew Palfreyman, age 19 from Aughton had his work cutout battling against the weather to keep his boat on the water. Matt kept his composure and took the vital victories in both of his F4s catamaran races for his F1 Team Atlantic in the F1H20 powerboat series.

The first race took place on Friday 22nd June, Matt put in some impressive times to secure the important pole position. In the race he got a good clean start away from the jetty and led the race from the first turn. He built on this lead with every lap and massed an impressive 16-second lead over second place boat before the windy conditions caused Khalid Abdulla Al Kuwari from Qatar Team to flip over backwards. With the pace-boat out for over 3 laps while the Qatar boat and driver were safely recovered, all of the remaining boats re-grouped. With the pressure back on, Palfreyman had to get the re-start right or all his hard work would not be rewarded. Matt kept his cool and stayed out in front when the race got underway again securing success and was awarded with the first victory of the weekend.

The second race took place the following day and was one of the most exciting races seen on the F4s Eurofin Trophy series for some time. Qualifying did not go Matt’s way, as Jesper Forss from Team Sweden set the pace and left Matt to settle for 2nd place on the start line. Jesper got a perfect start, forcing Matthew to chase him down throughout the race. Matt kept on the pressure and on lap 14 of 22 he saw his chance, with a daring manoeuver he managed to pass Jesper and then leave him in his wake.

Matt commented: “I am pleased with my overall performance, it was a great weekend of racing to be involved in. It was hard work chasing down Jesper in Saturday’s race but I knew if I kept challenging him on every turn I would hopefully put him under pressure to leave me enough room to get past him. He drove really well and kept me behind for a majority of the race but then I saw my chance. As he exited the turn, he left a small amount of space I pushed my way through on the inside line and then I took the advantage to extend my lead with every lap. I am now looking forward to the next race with the F1h2o series in Kiev, Ukraine in a few weeks time.”

For those of you who want to watch Matt race in the UK he is hoping to be out on the water this coming weekend competing at the Stewartby Masters Trophy in Bedfordshire.