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2016 ThunderCat Racing Title challenge could be decided in Gibraltar

Rounds 11 and 12 of the Microlink ThunderCat Championship will be held this weekend at Catalan Bay in Gibraltar and the event could decide the 2016 title winners. Microlink-Ahmad Tea from Wales, Rob Davies and Darren Phillips, hold a slender 10 point lead over Multispark Racing 61, Gary Tolman and Scott Brown, in the Team Championship. Martin Tummuscheit who looks after the Microlink-Ahmad Tea team has turned 2015 rookies Davies and Phillips into 2016 Championship leaders; We need to stay focused and keep our consistency. It’s certainly going to be interesting! Multispark Racing Team Manager Dave Sheldon told me today; Even though we are behind in points, Gary has good experience of racing here, he was very competitive in 2014 where he came third in the European Championship held just up the beach from Catalan Bay. It really is all to play for!…

OCRDA Aqua Adrenaline Series concludes successful season at Plymouth

Bob McCarthy, Chairman of the Offshore Circuit Racing Drivers Association (OCRDA), added icing to the ‘Aqua Adrenaline Tour’ cake when he attracted a 24 boat fleet to compete in the final Event of the season at Plymouth last weekend. On Saturday, Tom Montgomery-Swan raced his Spectre 32R hull – ‘SUNUS Ocean Racing’ against more nimble and smaller entries. Montgomery-Swan told me today; It wasn’t a surprise that I won both races on Saturday with my power advantage, what surprised me was the skill and speed of the other OCRDA teams. They are quick! Montgomery-Swan’s co-driver, Bligh Julius is better know for his prowess in a P750 ThunderCat; The Spectre 32R is amazing! Tom let me eat a few pies during the race, it’s the first time I have combined my 2 hobbies, eating and powerboat racing! Mark Mawby has impressed throughout the 2016 Aqua Adrenaline Tour,…

The Dirty Dozen close the Guernsey Offshore season

12 boats competed in the final 2 heats of the 2016 Guernsey Stanley Gibbons Investment Series, last weekend. Saturday 2016 UIM Class 3A Silver Medalists, Paul Etasse and Chris Stonebridge impressed again, with a second overall in calm seas. Only the Ocke Mannerfelt V24 of Martyn Roberts and Tim Abbott could beat them. Etasse and Stonebridge racing in the popular Club Class 3 showed the way home to Gareth and Matt Keast in ‘The Governor’ who battled furiously with Chris Bates and Jon Le Page in ‘Bad Influence’ throughout. In 4th place were the visiting team from Jersey, Scott ‘Chaka’ Walker and George Carter in Bellona. After a very unlucky year, the team’s determination, hard work and confidence paid off with a worthy finish. Sue Cosgrave and Quentin Petit in ‘Dirty Deeds’ placed 5th, this was the first event for Sue, (My Mum)!  as an…

UK Powerboat Racing Industry Awards

Following the introduction of the Powerboat Racing Industry Awards last year, recognising contributions of industry partners to the sport, nominations are now open for 2016. RYA Powerboat Racing Manager, Jeni Jelf commented on the awards; At the annual RYA Powerboat Racing Awards evening, competitors victories are celebrated. Until last year there was very little opportunity to recognise those companies and organisations who contribute to the sport’s success in other ways. Consequently we introduced the Powerboat Racing Industry Awards and are delighted to open the nominations for 2016. Nominations are being sort for the following categories; · Leading contribution to powerboat racing from a marine industry supplier (safety / technology) · Leading sponsorship of a powerboat racing team · Leading contribution from a host venue Last year Daisy Coleman nominated her sponsors Pertemps Network. Her nomination resonated with the judging panel…

UIM F2 Temper’s Torment – Jelf’s Joy

With Pierre Lundin crowned 2016 UIM F2 World Champion at Macon and Erik Edin with an unbeatable second overall, the attention at the GP of Portugal was on who could capture the Bronze Medal. Uvis Slakteris was the hot favourite going into the event, although his boat suffered enough damage in Saturday’s Free Practice to put him out of the race. Slakteris could still take the Bronze providing Austrian Rupp Temper and Britain’s Owen Jelf failed to gain enough points or didn’t finish. The Race Lundin led the race from start-to-finish to reach the chequered flag a handful of seconds ahead of Temper. Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Tayer pressurised Britain’s Owen Jelf for long periods in an attempt to snatch the final podium position, but finished just behind the BaBa driver. Pre-race favourite Lundin made the perfect start from pole…

World Champion Lundin starts final 2016 UIM F2 race on pole

Sweden’s Pierre Lundin starts the final race of the 2016 UIM F2 season on pole this afternoon. Owen Jelf and Rup Temper line up behind him and both have an excellent chance of securing third overall in the World Championship. In yesterdays first Free Practice, 2016 UIM F2 European Champion and World Bronze Medal favourite Uvis Slakteris had his hopes dashed when he had a serious coming together with Fabrice Boulier. The Grand Prix of Portugal commences at 15:45 (GMT +1).

Figueras and Perez return to ThunderCat Racing Action

Leslie Figueras and Albert Perez from Gibraltar successfully competed in the 2014 British National ThunderCat Championship and capped that year off nicely with a European Championship win. Figueras commented; We would have loved to continue racing in Britain but just didn’t have the finance to make the trips over there and race our ThunderCat. With Rounds 11 and 12 of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Championship to be held this weekend at Catalan Bay in Gibraltar, it gives Figueras and Perez the perfect opportunity for a return to action. We can’t challenge this season but we will certainly be mixing it with the Championship hopefuls, Microlink-Ahmad Tea and Multispark Racing 61. ThunderCat Racing organiser Fiona Pascoe said; It’s exciting to be returning to the Rock, it will be the first time we have raced at the beautiful Catalan Bay. Our last event…

ThunderCat Champion Julius to make guest appearance in Sunus

This weekend SUNUS Ocean Racing will take part in the OCRDA organised Club Racing at Plymouth. C237 will use this time as a shakedown ready for her refit over the next three weeks, gearing up for a speed record attempt on Lake Coniston later this month. Joining the team for the weekend is stand in navigator Bligh Julius. Bligh started his powerboat career back in 2007 racing alongside his father Glenn Julius in Zapcat’s, Glenn raced for many years back in the late 90’s in rib’s. Once he found his feet Bligh went solo and achieved two National Championships and a European title in both Zapcat and ThunderCat Racing, and is currently ranked 3rd in the world in ThunderCat Racing. Bligh has spent the last 2 years of his powerboat racing for Multispark Racing Products in the ThunderCat series, under the management…

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