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Mike Pillow extends lead on LPRC Championship

posted 14 May 2012, 07:12 by Lancashire Powerboat   [ updated 14 May 2012, 07:46 ]

Most local boat racers failed to brave the less than perfect conditions of blustery winds on Sunday 13th May at Car Mill Dam, but our three hardy dedicated T850 monohull drivers did not let the conditions put them off. 'Last of the summer wine' racing team drivers Bill Owen and Dave James fought hard with Top Cat racing Mike Pillow to compete for the Daily Mirror Trophy.

Rather than the usual timed handicap club racing the three drivers used jetty starts to the race, and to mix it up further each heat saw a different boat on pole position! The first heat saw some close racing and the heat was won by Mike Pillow, Bill Owen managed to stay out in front and took the chequered flag and the glory in the second heat, while Dave James fought hard in the rough conditions and was left fighting against the wake left by the other two boats. The overall win was down to the third and final heat. Mike pulled out all the stops and nosed in front of Bill, to take the overall win. Well done to all three drivers and especially Mike who has now extended his lead on the club Championship.

The poor conditions made it very difficult for the smaller boats and our two new rookie drivers. Due to the conditions, it was decided to hold a practice session rather than a race. Jack Pickles took charge of the Junior GT15 boat while Jessica Stoneman had the time in the Top Cat racing GT30 boat that she has been craving.

Things did not all go to plan for Jack from Bolton, no matter how much he tried the blustery winds stopped the small junior boat from getting on the plane. Lets hope the conditions are kinder to Jack next time he has the chance to race.

Jess aged 15, who travelled up from Kent to take the Top Cat racing GT30 boat out, was determined to successfully get the boat on the water. She did a sterling job and using the extra power of the bigger engine, against all the odds drove the boat really well in the rough conditions. She gained confidence and speed as the afternoon progressed. Well done Jess, a great drive.

LPRC Commodore, Brenda Goodman said: “It is great for us to be welcoming new drivers to Carr Mill this weekend. It is a shame that the weather was not in their favour, although both new drivers put in real good efforts to be proud of. We are always keen to find new drivers and helpers who want to take part, enjoy and get involved in our sport. UK power boating is going from strength to strength at the moment; the new deals available from Affinity Partnerships to help new drivers acquire equipment in an affordable way. We are seeing some real positive steps forward being taken in the sport. If anybody is interested in finding out about new affordable ways to get involved in powerboat racing email Lancashirepowerboat@gmail.com and we will be pleased to send you details of the latest offers.”

The race on Sunday was the last chance for local drivers to test their boats under race conditions, before the home round of the National Championship. The National event at Carr Mill, takes place on Jubilee weekend 2nd & 3rd June. This year, the excitement has been heightened by the arrival of the TV cameras, and presenter Tiff Needell. LPRC is looking forward to seeing to many different boats across the classes and some very exciting close racing is expected. We hope to see you there.