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Round 1 British Powerboat GP Championship comes to St Helens Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May

posted 25 Apr 2013, 12:59 by Lancashire Powerboat   [ updated 25 Apr 2013, 14:21 ]
Looking for something to do on 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 4th and Sunday 5th May will see powerboat racers from across the UK descend on Carr Mill Dam to compete for the opening round of the RYA British Powerboat GP Championship.

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 ‘Big Race’ of the weekend features the Formula 2 catamaran boats. The roar of these 2-litre boats is something you should not miss or take your eyes off, as they reach exhilerating speeds of around 115mph.

Last years race was dominated by action involving local drivers. The race winner, Paul Balfour age 47, from Wigan, will be hoping to once again start the season on the winning foot and fend off the challenges of overall 2012 Champion and other local JPL racing team driver Malcolm Goodman, age 31, from St Helens. Joining them in this class will be Alan Marshall from Stockport and brother’s Matthew and Graham Palfreyman from Aughton, in Ormskirk and Southport.

With a large field of twelve world class racers, all competing for the top spot and aiming to beat Balfour and Goodman to the first turn mark, this fast and furious racing promises to get the adrenaline pumping for both drivers and spectators alike – it is certainly the one to watch.


As well as the big race there will also be action from our young up and coming powerboat racing stars. Twelve junior drivers will be competing in the GT15 class. Local Top Cat racing team’s driver Charlotte Newton, age 15, who lives Lowton in Warrington, will be hoping that racing on home water will give her an early advantage in the championship whilst she battles for vital championship points against reigning British Champion, Ben Jelf from Kent. Charlotte and Ben will face a strong challenge from other drivers Tiegan Goodfellow from Stafford, and Thomas Mantripp who will be making the long journey from Oulton Broad, Suffolk in the South East, as well as brother and sister Jonathan and Lucy Brewer.


 

Meanwhile in the GT30 class Top Cat Racing Driver Jordan Muckles will be focused on getting the best possible start to his campaign to improve his Bronze Medal Championship finish in 2013. Jordan knows he’ll have fierce competition from Natalie Craddock who will be eager to make amends for narrowly missing out on the 2012 title crown.

The Powerboat GP Championship will once again be joined by acclaimed TV presenter Tiff Needell as he and his production team will follow every twist, turn, flip and spill in the championship for the Powerboat GP television series that will once again feature on SkySports. 

On Saturday 4th May a timed practice session will take place from 10am 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 5th May 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.

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