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Mullan returns to the top step after epic Cabarita battle

Rnd#5 2016 Australian V8 Superboat Championships Tweed Valley Jet Sprint Club, Cabarita Beach, NSW (3-4 September, 2016) Four weeks ago one of the biggest fields in recent years descended upon the Cabarita Beach circuit for round four of the 2016 Australian V8 Superboat Championships, and whilst that event forced a number of premature retirements for which round five paid a hefty price, the competition was no less fierce this time around.. Ultimately, despite a brand-new and untried powerplant, three-time Australian Unlimited champion Phonsy Mullan proved all but unstoppable, although Tremayne Jukes did everything he could despite limited experience in his new boat to force the issue all the way down to the final run of the day. In the end it was Mullan who had to dig deeper than perhaps any time in the last few seasons to claim the…

Selio takes victory in Harbin as Carella crashes out

Team Abu Dhabi’s Alex Carella was involved in a high-speed crash on lap 24 of Sunday’s Grand Prix of Harbin and was unable to extend his lead in the UIM F1 H2O World Championship at the Hulan Estuary Wetland Park course in north-eastern China. The Italian collided with Baba’s Racing’s Filip Roms, while both drivers were duelling for second position in the 60-lap race, and their demise opened the door for pole position winner Sami Selio of Finland to take his first win of the season. Carella was taken to a local hospital for checks and medical attention. Team Sweden’s Jonas Andersson maintained second place after the restart and held it to the finish, while defending World Champion Philippe Chiappe rounded off the podium and moved 10 points ahead of Carella in the UIM F1 H2O Drivers’ Championship standings. Shaun…

Cowes Cougar Triumph

The 2016 Cowes Torquay Cowes race will surely go down as the roughest ever run. Only 3 boats made it Torquay within the time limit and only 2 made it back to Cowes. With a calm ride through the Solent, the 14 starters were then faced with Force 7 westerly winds which made the trip to Torquay more of an endurance than a race. Early front runners Vector Martini Rosso (Peter Dredge / Simon Powell / Malcolm Crease / Jason McVicar) encountered technical problems at Portland and then Silverline (Drew Langdon / Giancarlo Cangiano) dropped out of the running with transmission failure. To make matters worse for Langdon and Cangiano, their stricken boat was then swamped by a huge wave and the Mercury powered Outerlimits sunk with only the bow buoyancy keeping it afloat. The crew were swiftly rescued and…

A Marathon battle at Cowes

This Sunday, 4th September, will see the 56th year of Offshore Powerboat Racing at Cowes. 15 boats have signed up tackle the legendary Cowes Torquay Cowes, while an impressive entry of 20 will take on the Cowes Pooole Cowes race. The main focus of the Event will obviously be on UIM Marathon Class A,  in which  five 100 mph plus craft have entered. Last year’s winner Vector Martini Rosso, crewed this year by Peter Dredge, Simon Powell, Mal Crease and Jason McVicar from Canada, will have a tough time defending the Beaverbrook Trophy against stiff opposition. Richard Carr, Steve Curtis and Paul Sinclair have resurrected a vintage aluminium Cougar mono hull and powered it with two 1350 Mercury Racing engines. After an eight year sabbatical, Car makes his return to Offshore Racing at Cowes. Curtis, has won the UIM Class 1 World Championship a…

V8 Superboat action returns to Cabarita Beach

Rnd#5 – 2016 Australian V8 Superboat Championships Tweed Valley Jet Sprint Club, Cabarita Beach, NSW (3-4 September, 2016) Just a month ago the biggest V8 Superboats field in recent years descended on Round Mountain Raceway at Cabarita Beach for two days of incredible action. Ultimately we saw a first-time winner for the 2016 season in Unlimited Superboat after the demise of runaway championship points leader Phonsy Mullan during qualifying, whilst Queenslander Brett Thornton continued to stamp his authority on the super-competitive 400-Class with his second straight victory of the year. Sadly we also lost a couple of competitors due to mechanical failures, the most notable outside of Mullan, was reigning World#4 – and Mullan’s closest rival – Jamie Welch, the West Australian out with serious damage to his 510-cubic inch powerplant, damage which saw the team forced to withdraw from…

Channel Island Cowes Challenge

Thirty plus members of the Guernsey Powerboat Association (GPA) will be crossing the Channel this week to attend the prestigious Cowes Classic 2016 event which will be held this Sunday, 4th September. 3 of those that will be attending the Event will help to form the organising team, Paul Mahy as Assistant Officer Of The Day, Steve Lowe as Assistant Safety Officer and Colin Le Conte as Chief Time Keeper. The travelling members from the Guernsey contingent also include competitors,  Dave Corbet and Kerry Le Patourel will be sparing against Martyn Roberts and Tim Abbot for the V24 RYA British Championship over the Cowes Poole Cowes race. Corbet and Le Patourel have a newly fitted engine and impressed recently in Jersey with a dominant display and it was apparent they had gained a fair few mph with the new installation. Roberts…

Gordon cooks up a Lithuanian treat

It’s fairly clear that Gordon Cook’s idea of offering rides in a Burgess built and designed 2Seater F1 boat is really ‘hitting the spot’. Cook based in Rochester, Kent has purchased two 2Seater F1 hulls, one which demonstrated at the Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Powerboat Racing Club and another from former F1 World Champion, Jonathan Jones (article here). Last weekend he took his 2Seater F1 to Lithuania to compliment the UIM F2 race. Seventy five VIP’s and guest’s of the Event sponsors joined him for a ride around Lake Zaraso, the President of the Lithuanian Olympic Academy, Algirdas Raslanas (Top Photo) was one of the 75 that thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Linas Pernayas, the Lithuanian Police General Commissioner was another of Cook’s high speed passengers.   When I was told that I would be taking someone out from the Police,…

Noone takes third place in Zarasai

The attention in Zarasai, Lithuania last weekend was focused on the UIM F2 event. However, veteran British racer Jim Noone was in action in the FR 1000 class. Chris Davies captured his third place with these great shots.          

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