This weekend (15/16 July) the 2017 Powerboat GP British RYA Championships speed into Chasewater for Round 3 of the contest. Competitors from all over the UK will descend on the reservoir in Burntwood to battle it out for all important points in the battle to become British champion.
Six championship classes will be represented from the junior racers in the GT15 class to the mighty Formula 2 Catamarans and the action promises to be fast and furious as each battle unfolds over the two days of racing. Each class will compete in qualifying and then three heats of racing to see who will claim the Chasewater crown.
Goodfellow looking to make an impact
Local youngster Ethan Goodfellow will be looking to make an impact in the junior GT15 class as he looks to catch the championship leader Harvey Smith of Kingsbury and Chatham’s George Elmore and upset their championship campaigns. Ethan has finished fourth at both of the previous rounds and will be hoping that in front of home crowds the promising youngster can be cheered on to take his first podium finish. The battle between Smith and Elmore has been intense so far, this season with both fighting to claim their first British Championship title.
Also in action will be Ethan’s older sister Tiegen Goodfellow competing in the GT30 class as one of the few female powerboat racers in the UK. Tiegen is currently sat in third in the British Championship behind championship leader Thomas Mantripp and Jack Pickles. Thomas Mantripp has won 4 out of 6 races so far this season and with a recent bronze medal at the European championships two weeks ago will be in high confidence heading into the weekend. But following strong performances at the Europeans Jonathan Brewer and Elliott Fleet will also be ready to launch a challenge alongside Goodfellow and Pickles to stop Mantripp in his tracks.
Owen to defend title campaign
The T850 British championship battle will see Lancashire’s Bill Owen look to defend his title campaign from team mate Steve Cash and Bedford’s Nigel Edwards. The Lowestoft Grand Prix saw Bill take a clean three out of three heat wins to take the Grand Prix title. Whilst Steve Cash and Nigel Edwards went head to head in battle for second place, but both will be looking to up their game this weekend no go in search of the gold spot.
Jamie Marr currently leads the OSY400 championship battle but reigning champion Jason Mantripp is hot on his wake and not going down without a fight. But closing the gap on second placed Mantripp is Wayne Moyse who put in a strong performance at the Lowestoft Grand Prix securing the second place on the podium and is looking forward to fighting for the top spot this weekend.
F4 catamarans back in action
One of the largest battles ahead this weekend sees the F4 catamarans back in action. Following strong performances at the second event of the F4 World championship held at Stewartby, Bedford two weeks ago the competitors are still gunning for glory. Ben Morse was on pace with the top world competitors in the international competition and will be hoping that he continue the speed through into this round of the British championship. Rob Veares will once more be challenging Ben for the top spot and with a strong performance from Ben Jelf at the international competition in. New hull Ben Jelf would be looking to be right in the mix.
The final battle of the weekend will come down to the might of the catamaran’s the big cats will roar into action and will be a definite crowd pleaser for the spectators. The F2 teams will be competing in match racing due to a shortage in entries with current Championship leader Colin Jelf recovering from injury following an accident at the World F4 Championships the required number of teams to count as a national championship round was not met. But the action from the F2’s will still be fast and furious.
Critical point in the championships
Promoter Luke Jones is hyped about the weekend “We had an action packed international meeting two weeks ago and the competitors are ready to carry the energy and action through to this weekend’s event. We’re at a critical point in each of the championship campaigns and every racer has something to fight for this weekend and each will be fighting their hardest for the top spot and the Chasewater Grand Prix Crown.”
He continued “Chasewater provides perfect viewing for spectators as the reservoir provides some fantastic vantage points of all of the race course so you won’t miss as the boats twist and turn around the course. The on water action will commence at 10.30 on both Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th July
2017 Powerboat GP Racing Calendar
29/30 April - Carr Mill Dam - Powerboat GP Lancashire Grand Prix
28/29 May - Oulton Broad - Powerboat GP Lowestoft Grand Prix
01/02 July - Stewartby Lake - Powerboat GP Bedford International Grand Prix
15/16 July - Chasewater Country Park - Powerboat GP Cannock Grand Prix
05/06 August - Stewartby Lake - Powerboat GP Bedford Sprint Grand Prix
16/17 September - Stewartby Lake - Powerboat GP Bedford Grand Prix
07/08 October – Rother Valley - Powerboat GP WNT Rother Valley Grand Prix
For more information on Powerboat GP visit www.powerboatgp.co.uk
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