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Davies and Phillips continue to dominate

2016 ThunderCat Champions Rob Davies and Darren Phillips took a clean sweep of heat wins and victory in the final at Round 2 of the 2017 Championship in flat conditions at Fistral Beach. The Welsh duo are already looking firm favourites to regain their title this year. David Finlayson and Mark Blackman guesting in Multispark Racing for the weekend took an impressive second place after a third in Heat 1 on Saturday. Tom Zierer and Ben Backhouse from Guernsey achieved their first ever podium place by taking third overall. Was this the first time in a British ThunderCat Championship where an English driver was absent from the podium? The Welsh, Scots and Guerns certainly had a good weekend. Photos: Mike Powell

The 2016 ThunderCat Champions start as they left off

2016 ThunderCat Champions Rob Davies and Darren Phillips put a challenge out at Fistral Beach today. Catch us if you can! The Welsh pairing saw off a spirited challenge from former UIM P750 Pro-Stock World Champions James Tapp and Ed Redman in their Magor Racing outfit. Tapp told me tonight; It’s going to take a while for me to get back to full race fitness and I didn’t have an answer to Rob and Darren today. In third overall were the unlikely pairing of David Finlayson and Mark Blackman guesting in Multispark Racing. Finlayson a fierce Scottish nationalist said after; Third was a great result with no Red Flags throughout today’s racing, I just hope that is an omen for my SNP party in the General Election. Magor Racing Photo: Mike Powell  

Tapp is back – Again

James Tapp is only 34 and has already retired more times than Frank Sinatra. The 2016 UIM P750 Pro-Stock World Champion has decided to give his battered body another season of punishment in pursuit of the 2017 RYA British National ThunderCat Championship. Teaming up with co driver Ed Redman, the multi championship winner has secured sponsorship from Nationwide Vehicle Assistance and the Headland, a hotel situated by Fistral Beach for his Tohatsu powered Aquarius inflatable hull. Tapp’s cerebal driving style suits the surf, which is handy as the 2017 ThunderCat Championship will host its first 2 rounds at Newquay this weekend. Tapp, a father of 2 young daughters told me; I am really looking forward to the surf, the 20 boat competition and hopefully receiving podium laurels from a representative of The Headland after the races on the Saturday and…

Fistral fires off UK ThunderCat season

Newquay will host the opening rounds of this year’s ThunderCat Powerboat Racing Championship. The free to view event will see some of the most exciting powerboat racing take place on Fistral beach between Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April 2017, with practice taking place on Friday 21st. ThunderCat Racing is a one of the world’s most exhilarating water sports. The primary purpose of a ThunderCat is surf racing and they race at high speeds in surf of up to 5 metres and wind speeds up to 45 knots. Crews consist of a driver and a co-driver. The driver drives from the rear of the ThunderCat, while the co-driver uses his weight to adjust the trim of the boat. Surf racing usually takes place as close to the shoreline as possible, ensuring an amazing spectacle for those on the shore, and…

2016 UK ThunderCat Racing Awards Evening

Over 100 guests from the M2M Racing Club and the UK ThunderCat Racing community converged on the Potters Heron Hotel, Southampton last night to celebrate their 2016 season. Rob Davies and Darren Phillips from Wales were officially crowned as the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Racing Champions in only their second year of racing. The determined team had faced stiff competition from eventual runners up Multispark Racing, (Gary Tolman and Scott Brown) all season. Simon Matthews attended the Awards Evening jet-lagged, having just flown back from Sri Lanka where he had been training Lanka Powerboat Association prospective ThunderCat Racers. Matthews with co-driver Martin Jerome claimed their third place in the overall 2016 Championship. Awards 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Racing Championship 1st) #22 Microlink – Ahmad Tea Rob Davies and Darren Phillips 2nd) #61 Multispark Racing Gary Tolman and Scott Brown 3rd) #26 Seavacation Simon…

RYA Powerboat Racing Awards – Josh Broadbent and Sebastian Watts

The Trophy – 2016 Best Newcomer – Offshore Josh Broadbent and Sebastian Watts made a big impact in their first season of UK ThunderCat Racing. In their first race at Bournemouth last April, the pair claimed an impressive sixth place, by October, Broadbent and Watts were standing on the podium in Gibraltar. Josh Broadbent is a student at Loughborough University studying Construction Management while Sebastian Watts is aerospace engineering at Bristol and comes from a powerboat racing family. His father, Alastair and uncle were UIM Class 3C World Champions in 1995. Uncle, Jeremy Watts runs Ice Marine in Warsash on the river Hamble, designing and building high performance powerboats. Sebastian Watts commented; We’ve had a fantastic year and this award is a massive shock to both of us. Everyone in the ThunderCat Family have made us so welcome it’s an honour…

UK Offshore Racing dates announced by the RYA

The RYA, the UK National Governing Body for powerboat racing have today issued on their website the racing dates for the various disciplines of Offshore Racing for the 2017 season. Headlining the published calendar are the Guernsey Powerboat Association’s (GPA) Class 3 A and B World Championships in September along with the British Powerboat Racing Club’s (BPRC) Cowes Torquay Cowes set for the August Bank Holiday. The Powerboat P1 series will travel to Greenock in Scotland for the first of their four so far confirmed dates, which also includes venues at Portsmouth, Milford Haven and Scarborough. Bob McCarthy’s Offshore Circuit Racing series (OCRDA) continues to grow in popularity with new teams joining for 2017, they will be competing with the already healthy fleet for racing in Torquay, Newhaven, West Bay and Plymouth. At a meeting held in Southampton last Saturday, McCarthy also offered to stage…

BrandFuel get behind British ThunderCat World Title Challenge

The British ThunderCat Racing team of Bligh Julius and Charlie Hatfield will be hoping to add a UIM P750 Pro Stock World Championship to their extensive trophy cabinet next March in Cape Town, South Africa. Today Team 33 announced that ‘BrandFuel’, a creative agency run by David Ball and based in London, have come on board as their main sponsor for the challenge, with Peters & May Global Boat Transport handling the shipping arrangements for the Tohatsu powered Aquarius hull. Julius and Hatfield will continue their fruitful partnerships with Multispark Racing Products, Steel Developments, Ocean Racing and Onyx Events. The Team have spent the past year in training, have put in hours of practice and used the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Championship as a testing ground for the forthcoming World Championship. The British hopefuls will be out testing again tomorrow at 09.00 and…

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