After winning 2 heats yesterday during the inaugural Asia Powerboat Race weekend in Hong Kong, Drew Langdon faced a further 3 heats today starting from the back of a ‘Reverse Grid’.
The 2018 Harmsworth Trophy winner told me this morning:
It is going to be a very tough day at the office!
By the end of the day, he was the 2018 Asia Powerboat Champion.
Team China’s F4-s Bingchen Wu found the adjustment from a catamaran to a mono fairly difficult yesterday, with work and guidance overnight, the Shenzhen based racer took 2 heat wins today.
Eric Chan, Team China F1H2o manager was following his progress, he told me this afternoon:
This is a great boost for our team, we will be racing in India next weekend and ‘WuB’ has now got the confidence.
Bingchen Wu’s 2 heat wins helped to elevate him to third overall, at the Podium celebrations, there wasn’t a young Chinese girl that didn’t want a selfie with the local hero.
Belgium drivers Francis Notschaele and Alain Copens came to Hong Kong with UIM Endurance Class S1 2017 & 2018 World & European Championships under their belts.
It was fairly clear to the spectators in Asia why these 2 racers are so successful.
They are ‘wired to race’.
Notschaele took second overall and Copens overcame Saturday issues (out of his control) to place in an impressive fifth.
Just before jumping into a taxi to Hong Kong airport, Copens gave me a message:
Where the rules are right – I will race!
Drew Langdon had a similar thought process after losing his Heat 2 win to a rule that he disagreed with.
Whatever the rules, it was a splendid event that gave the Hong Kong locals an amazing spectacle and they witnessed one of the nicest guys in racing cap his best ever racing year.