Racing

Powerboat racing in the UK is organised and regulated by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) to who LPRC are affiliated. LPRC is one of several clubs in the UK where powerboat racing takes place. You can find links to other clubs in the UK here.

Club racing takes place between April and October with races generally being held at either Saturday or Sundays, Find out more here.

The UK National Championship tours Powerboat Racing Clubs throughout the country including Carr Mill between May and September. Carr Mill also plays host European and International Races where drivers from across Europe and the World come to St. Helens to compete for their team and country in various classes of the sport. 

We have a number of National & International Powerboat Racers within the club. You might see the following classes on the water. 

The sport is always open to new participants so, if you are interested in getting involved with national racing or club racing either as a driver or even giving a helping hand, then please come in and see one of the LPRC officials or contact us, you're guaranteed a warm welcome. 
 

Racing Classes
 
JT250 / GT15

This is a fantastic circuit racing class for young people, aged 9 to 16, to get started in and with complete rigs costing less than £3500 it is a great entry level for powerboat racing. The boats are small monohulls fitted with standard stock 15hp engines and are capable of speeds of up to 40mph.

All racing is carefully supervised by trained RYA powerboat racing personnel and licences are issued only after a satisfactory standard has been reached.

Each year, an annual 5 round British National Championship is held at different venues across the UK and in addition, an international World and European Championship series is also held.

 
 
 
Engine Type Hull Type Top Speed
Up to 250cc Monohull 40 Mph
 
T850 / Monohull

This class is limited to simple monohulls powered by standard stock outboard engines.   Powertrim is now permitted in the senior classes.   These are single hulled boats similar in design to a small ski boat.   The driver sits down to race it.

Each year, an annual 5 round British National Championship is held at different venues across the UK and in addition, an international World and Continental Championship series is also held
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Engine Type Hull Type Top Speed
Up to 850cc Monohull 70 Mph


GT30 / Monohull

This class is designed to be a intermediate class between Junior (JT250) and Senior Monohulls (T850) powered by a 30HP standard stock outboard engine.   These are single hulled boats similar in design to a Junior Powerboat. Can be raced from 14 onwards.  The driver sits down to race it.
 
         
 
 
 
Engine Type Hull Type Top Speed
up to 30 HP Monohull 55 Mph
 
Formula 4 / S850

These are twin-hulled boats.  The driver sits restrained inside a safety cell to race.   Most boats have an enclosed cab-over style cockpit.

Each year, an annual 5 round British National Championship is held at different venues across the UK and in addition, an international World and Continental Championship series is also held.
     
      
 
Engine Type Hull Type Top Speed
Up to 850cc Catamaran 85 Mph
 
Formula 2 / NS2000


These are twin-hulled boats.  The driver sits restrained inside a safety cell to race.   Most boats have an enclosed cab-over style cockpit.

In excess of 200km this action packed, water based form of racing is fast becoming one of the most senior, professional and popular forms of national and international circuit powerboating.

One of the reasons for this classes’ success is the fact that it is a ‘stock engine class’, and any tuning or modification to the original engine is strictly forbidden. This keeps the financial running costs to a minimum for teams and ensures that success will come to the most talented and knowledgeable drivers.

Each year, an annual 5 round British National Championship is held at different venues across the UK and in addition, an international World and Continental Championship series is also held.



           
 
Engine Type Hull Type Top Speed
Up to 2000cc Catamaran 120 Mph
 
Hydroplane


Hydroplanes have twin hulls for the front part of the craft extending no more than 60 percent along the hull which then narrows to a single hull at the stern.   The driver either sits, kneels or lies down to race it.

Imagine lying down on a tea tray and travelling across the water at speeds of around 100mph

The prefix 'O' denotes an open class.  This means there are very few restrictions regarding hull design, engine tuning and type of fuel used.

 
       
 
Class Engine Type Hull Type Top Speed
OSY400 Up to 400cc Hydro 70 Mph
0.125 Up to 125cc Hydro  70 Mph 
0.250 Up to 250cc Hydro  90 Mph
0.350 Up to 350cc Hydro  113 Mph
0.500 Up to 500cc  Hydrocat 120 Mph
0.850 Up to 850cc  Catamaran  100 Mph