Finale of epic proportions awaits British Powerboat racers
An event not to be missed...
After the recent excitement of the F2 World Championships in Nottingham, this weekend (22/23 September) see’s over 40 competitors travelling to Stewartby, Bedfordshire for the final round of the Powerboat GP RYA British Championships.
For the first time in many years every class championship will be decided in the final battle at Stewartby and who will be victorious is anyone’s guess!
The GT15 class is currently being led by Peters & May Driver Ben Jelf, who after his recent victories goes into the finals in a strong position with 77 points. Jelf is closely followed by JPL Racing’s Tiegen Goodfellow with 63 points and Thomas Mantripp with 61 points.
Team mates on top
The GT30 Class has produced some close and exciting races this year and is currently being led by JPL Racing team mates – Kevin Hill and Ben Morse who are both on 67 points followed by Jordan Muckles with 54 points and NG Racing’s Natalie Craddock with 52 points. With team mates currently jointly on the top spot – this class is certainly going to be one to watch this weekend!
In the T850 Class Mark Williams is currently in the lead with 78 points, but he will have to keep his wits about him as the ever competitive Mick Pillow from TopCat racing will be looking to strengthen his current 62 points with a race win and steal the championship.
Will reliability still haunt Hugman?
The OSY400 class, although struggling with entrants has produced some fantastic racing this year. Last year’s champion Luke Hugman has been hit with reliability issues in his last couple of races but is still currently leading the championship with 80 Points, followed by James Marr with 64 Points and Jason Mantripp with 62 points.
The F4 class has provided some of the best entertainment this season and sees two drivers vying for glory this weekend. Scott Curtis is currently leading with 66 points and is closely followed by Steve Hoult who has 57 points. With Scott competing in the F2 class as well this weekend, will Steve be keen to capitalize on Scott’s attentions being turned elsewhere?
One to watch
The F2 class will in no doubt be the one to watch this weekend with no less than six drivers in with a chance of taking the championship title. JPL’s Malcolm Goodman is currently leading with 60 points, followed closely by Alan Marshall with 58, JPL’s Ian Andrews with 55, Paul Balfour with 48, Sven Hamer with 45 and Graham Palfreyman with 41 points.
With such a close point table, this weekend really does promise to be an epic battle as JPL’s Malcolm Goodman looks to fend off the likes Paul Balfour, Alan Marshal and even his own team mate Ian Andrews, all of whom are extremely competitive and will not give the title chase up easily.
Anything can happen
One thing is certain; anything can happen this weekend!
As the pressure mounts on the drivers; ego’s will be bruised, expectations raised, disappointment and glory will be in abundance which all added together will result in some spectacular racing!
Good luck and safe racing to all of the competitors this weekend and stay tuned to www.facebook.com/powerboatgp for live event updates.
Please note - Due to a conflicting international calendar the final round of the O/Hydro class will be held at the Stewartby Club on the 13-14 October.