This weekend (15/16 September) the Powerboat GP series returns to Stewartby, Bedford for the penultimate Grand Prix of the 2017 Championship campaign.
In what has been an action packed season so far teams will head back to Bedford in a bid to secure the Bedford Grand Prix title in six different classes.
In the GT15 Class George Elmore and Harvey Smith will go head to head in a bid to secure the Grand Prix win. Just 13 points separate the two youngsters with Smith currently holding the championship top spot, but with 31 points up for grabs this weekend the pressure will really be on. Looking to capitalise on any mistake will be Aidan Fleet and Ethan Goodfellow who are both looking for their inaugural Grand Prix win.
Battle of epic proportions
In the GT30 class awaits a battle of epic proportions as Thomas Mantripp looks to hold off Jonathan Brewer, Jack Pickles and Tiegen Goodfellow as all the drivers look to win the GT30 British Championship. Mantripp’s lead in the championship looks comfortable as he boasts 33 points over Tiegen and Jack currently tied for second place but with 62 points still up for grabs this season there’s still everything to play for.
11th Championship title for Owen?
Could Bill Owen be on track to secure his 11th Championship title in his 40 year racing career? For racing fans keeping an eye on the championship table with a 49 point lead over a tied second place you’d be right in thinking the formidable racer already has the title in the bag. But Bill will not be resting on his laurels and knows that his fellow competitors will not make the final two events of the season easy for him. Nigel Edwards and Steve Cash are both tied in points for second place and looking to upset Bill’s seemingly flawless campaign.
Jamie Marr is searching for the OSY400 British double following clinching the sprint championship title at Bedford in August, but hot on his wake is Jason Mantripp and Wayne Moyse both looking for the Grand prix win and to boost themselves up the championship standings before the final round of the campaign in Rother Valley in October.
Looking to steal the crown
In the F4 campaign Ben Morse looks set to secure the 17th British Championship title of his career as he holds a strong lead over rivals Rob Veares and Ben Jelf. But despite a 26 point lead over he will be very wary of his fellow competitors heading into this Grand Prix. Morse despite his young years has faced many challenges during his racing career and is well aware that one false move or the smallest mistake both Rob and Jelf will be waiting to try to steal his crown.
Despite a disastrous season for the former World F2 Champion, Colin Jelf remains top of the leader board in the 2017 Powerboat GP RYA British F2 campaign with a narrow lead over British F2 Sprint Champion Paul Balfour. Jelf has a 20 point buffer ahead of Balfour but knows that his fellow competitors will push him every inch of the course to claim vital championship points but will hope having the home water advantage may just work in his favour.
Exhilarating season so far
Powerboat GP Promoter Luke Jones can’t wait for the action to get back underway following a 4 week break from competition: “The championship battles have been exhilarating so far this season. Every racer is having to fight for every position throughout the classes and it’s fantastic to see.”
“A few of the championship leaders look safe in their leads however every single one of them knows the hard way how easy it is to make a mistake and lose the race. With 62 points still up for grabs over the next two events, they are also aware that loosing just one race could cost them their championship campaign, and their rivals also know it and will be piling on the pressure looking for a hint of nerves and the smallest of mistakes to capitalise on.”
The on water action will get underway from 10.30 on both 15-16 September starting with qualifying and then with each class competing over three heats to find the 2017 Powerboat GP Bedford Grand Prix winners.
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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