Welsh one-two in Aalborg season opener

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It was a memorable weekend at the P1 Aalborg Grand Prix of the Sea for the Welsh as they dominated the podium after Platinum Products edged out reigning UK champions Pertemps Network in a closely fought finale on the Limfjord.

The first ever overseas visit by the P1 SuperStock UK race series saw tens of thousands of spectators in the Danish city of Aalborg enjoy two days of world class powerboat racing as the four venue 2017 UK calendar got underway.

After an exciting opening day of qualifying and heats, the Platinum Products team of James Norvill and Charlie Parsons-Young, who lead the 2017 US championship as Team Barbados, held a slender lead over current UK and world champions Sam and Daisy Coleman in Pertemps.

Racing got underway with the Plate Final as the four bottom teams from Saturday’s results battled it out for a wildcard spot in the all important Grand Final and it was Pickfords who stormed to victory ahead of South Street, Typhoo and Arthur J Gallagher.

They would line up alongside Platinum, Pertemps, Experience Kissimmee, Milford Waterfront and the rookie Spirit of Inverclyde team in the Grand Final with podium places up for grabs.

Platinum used their pole position to gain a lead on the first lap and despite Pertemps’ attempts to take their pit lap as late as possible held on for the clean sweep and a maximum points tally of 80.

There was drama in behind as Milford Waterfront managed to launch themselves off the start run to take third before falling back to fourth after their pit lap. However, Kissimmee had not gained a big enough advantage before taking their own pit lap and handed third place back to the Welsh team.

Milford’s third place brought them level on points with Neil and Jason Jackson but were forced to settle for fourth as the fastest lap ruling came into play – a disappointing end to what was a fantastic round for Andrew Foster and Charles Morris who only made their debut in the series last season.

It was a similar story in the battle for fifth as Pickfords and Spirit of Inverclyde finished level on points, the former taking fifth spot based on countback.

The fleet of P1 Panthers now head to Scotland where Greenock will welcome back the championship for a second time over the weekend of 24-25 June.

Roy Mantle

Roy Mantle has more than 25 years experience in sales, marketing, PR, sponsorship, events and sports management both in-house with blue-chip companies and as a consultant.

He founded and ran two successful sports marketing agencies in the 1980s before becoming head of PR & sponsorship for Guinness in 1992, where he first became interested in environmental issues.

He negotiated and helped to plan the activation programme for the Guinness sponsorship of the 1999 Rugby World Cup and managed the Guinness sponsorship of London Irish for nearly a decade.

He has worked on projects for the Department of Education since 2002, handled the Guinness sponsorship at Cheltenham Racecourse for more than 15 years and is currently Company Secretary & In-House PR for Powerboat P1.