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National Powerboat Championship comes to Carr Mill Dam

posted 22 May 2012, 08:38 by Lancashire Powerboat

Looking for something to do on the Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend? …Why not take a trip to Carr Mill Dam in St Helens to watch the fast and furious adrenaline fuelled powerboat racing action.

Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June will see powerboat racers from across the UK descend on Carr Mill Dam to compete for the 2nd round of the RYA British National Championships.

Around forty boats are expected to compete over the weekend in six different classes. Competitors from across the country will take part in the Junior GT15 class with drivers aged between of 8-16, the GT30 class will be on the water with drivers aged 14+ with no upper age limit. There will be T850 monohulls, Formula 4 catamarans, OSY 400 hydroplanes as well as the Formula 2 catamaran boats reaching speeds of around 115mph.

Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club along with our sponsors at Top Cat Racing, are looking forward to seeing to many different types of boats compete across the classes and some very exciting close racing is expected throughout the weekend.

The formula 2 action is the big race and definitely the one to keep your eyes wide-open for; with up to eight catamaran boats and the roar of 2-litre outboard engines, the drivers will all be hyped up and wanting to grab the glory and take the accolade of the top prize. All this, mixed up with cocktail of choppy water and speeds of up to 115mph, it is a spectacle that is not to be missed. The fast and furious action promises to get the adrenaline pumping for drivers and spectators alike. Lancashire Powerboat Racing Clubs’ Formula 2 driver Alan Marshall, from Stockport will be looking to extend his Championship lead following his great drive and overall win, in the opening round of the Championship that took place at Oulton Broad at the beginning of May.

This year, the excitement has been heightened by the arrival of the TV cameras and presenter Tiff Needell. Tiff is an ex-formula one and rally car racing driver, as well as an acclaimed TV presenter who has had a go at powerboat racing  himself in the past. Tiff has commentated on racing events across the globe, partnering up with the likes of Murray Walker and James Hunt as well as presenting top TV shows like Top Gear, and Channel 5’s Fifth Gear.

Tiff and the team from Greenlight TV productions are making a series of programmes of the 2012 National Powerboat Racing Series that will feature on TV sports channels throughout the world.

Charlotte Newton, who will be competing in the Junior GT15 class, aged 14 years, lives in Lowton, Warrington. When Charlotte was asked about her recent performance, she said: “I crashed out in the first round when Jess Beaumont and I both went to the turn buoy at the same time. I took a bit of a knock and the boat was slightly damaged but we have been making modifications. The boat is now fully repaired I am ready to get back in the driving seat and rise to the challenge. I hope to be quick off the start line and get up towards the front of the field. I love racing powerboats and to be on my home water for this important race will hopefully give me the advantage that I need to win. It will be a good race to watch as there is some tough competition.”

Malcolm Goodman, aged 30 from St Helens will be taking part in the Formula 2 high-octane racing action, commented: “I have a new boat this season that I am still getting to grips with. The boat is slower off the start line although it has a lot of power and was flying high and motoring really well at the last race. I was reaching phenomenal speeds it was exhilarating to drive. Half way through the very last race, as I approached the turn buoy the engine simply cut-out. The technical team has been working hard and we hope to have the problem under control. I have been racing at Carr Mill since I was aged 13, I know the water and the circuit well, the course is short and the sharp right hand turn in the course always makes for an exciting race. With an eight strong field of Formula 2 boats on the water it will be busy out there and should be a good exciting race to be involved in, and for spectators to watch.”

On Saturday 2nd June there will be a timed practice session in the morning for each class, where the drivers will be fighting for the all-important pole position. In the afternoon, racing is set to start around 2pm and each class will complete at least one race.

The Sunday 3rd June will see any further practice start early and racing underway by 11am. The final F2 race is scheduled to take place around 4pm and will be followed by the prize presentation where Tiff Needell will be awarding the trophies to the weekends’ winners.

The event is free for spectators, so everybody is welcome to come along and watch the action. You can see the racing from anywhere around the banks of the Dam, or can you join the racers, their skilled mechanics, pit crew and teams in ‘The Boathouse’ grounds and listen to the live commentary. Our stewards in ‘The Boathouse’ Geoff and Janet will have the bar open as well as serving both hot and cold food and snacks throughout the weekend.