Eben de Bod and Gerhoud Fernhout were crowned as 2017 UIM P750 Pro Stock World Champions yesterday.
The team from Robertson in South Africa showed consistency throughout the 3 disciplines Surf, Long Haul and Circuit, with two third places and a second.
South African teams filled the podium places and the top positions up to 8th, Brits Blìgh Julius and Charlie Hatfield / Team 33 MultiSpark Racing, were the best of the overseas competitors with a 9th place overall.
The BrandFuel sponsored outfit’s Team Manager Glenn Julius commented on their 3rd place in the circuit racing;
We had torrid luck through the Surf and Long Haul disciplines although the boys never gave up and pushed into the flat racing stages with a boat that was bruised and battered, the months of training paid off at last!
Team 33 showed the rest of the world their boat handling skills and tactical prowess, with four solid second places in the well fought heats, making the final in 5th place on the starting grid in near perfect conditions and sweltering heat.
The races were delayed by Dolphins playing on the course, when the the flag finally dropped, 12 boats screamed off the start line, 9 long laps that included 2 infamous extenders.
They broke lose and pressured the leading pack of four boats picking the extender laps to perfection and taking the chequered flag in a fantastic 3rd place and a podium finish.
Julius summed up the World Championship and and reflected on the ‘What If?’;
A rogue wave caught us out on the first day of the surf, being hit and taken out in the Long Haul, with our protest going against us, could well have cost us a step on the podium.
Bligh Julius was happy, considering the hurdles he had encountered;
As it is the end of the Championship, I can at least have 5 pies for dinner!
It was a week of big downs and what a ending to the week, this was not the championship I wanted but considering everything I am over the moon with a 3rd in the Circuit discipline.
Britain’s other team, Darryn Harrison and Jimmy Ion / Moku Racing placed tenth. Using the latest BobKat designed hull, the team have to be pleased with their weeks work.
Harrison bravely raced with a painful knee injury, for the majority of the event and he commented;
I’m used to pain! I have to keep listening to my Dad and Team Manager Grant talking!
Next year the World Championships will be hosted by France.