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Fiona Pascoe only does Extreme!

From Watergate Bay in Cornwall and the finals of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Racing Championship with huge surf, rain, wind, hail and freezing temperatures and 24 hours later, I am sitting in the hospitality suite over looking the breakwater in Abu Dhabi! It’s hot, music is playing and the skyline is majestic! Warming up from Cornwall, I feel very privileged to be here to watch the UIM Class 1 World Championship. 5 days – 5 boats and 5 professional teams competing for the title. It’s been a long time since I’ve been a part of the ‘elite’ UIM Class 1 scene and realistically in the pits, one series is no different than another. It’s all about winning with ‘Preparation, Camaraderie and Enjoyment’ thrown in. I watched the first race today with a couple of fellow Brits. Daniel Cramphorn who couldn’t compete today due…

Microlink Ahmad Tea are the 2016 ThunderCat Racing Champions

Rob Davies and Darren Phillips from Wales were crowned as the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Racing Champions today at Watergate Bay in Cornwall. In only their second year of racing, the determined team faced stiff competition from Multispark Racing all season. Going into the final round, the duo held a slender 2 point lead over their close rivals. The fourth heat of the day ensured their Championship. Gary Tolman and Scott Brown pushed Multispark Racing to the limit and beyond in pursuit of points. It was to be their undoing as they were both ejected from their Aquarius hull. Rob Davies, the new Champion told me after; I’m knackered! After turning the boat over yesterday in the final, it really added extra pressure. We came up with a game plan for today, drive safely and stay in the boat. Round 14 saw another…

ThunderCat Championship will be settled today

The 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Championship battle got even tighter after yesterday. Multispark Racing made up 8 points over their closest rivals Microlink Ahmad Tea. Rob Davies and Darren Phillips lead the Championship by just 2 points going into the 14th and final round at Watergate Bay. An incident in the final yesterday cost Davies and Phillips valuable points and set up today perfectly.

Watergate Winter Warmer for Moku-Evolution 5

Many have doubted the sanity of ThunderCat competitors, today at Watergate Bay it was proven that they are all mad! With a freezing cold sea temperature of 12 degrees and a boiling Cornish surf, the hardy racers took the conditions in their stride and put on a bravado performance of skill and gritty determination. The organisers who gave up a warm weekend at home by the fire, were simply outstanding, having to deal with the inclement conditions and put on a Powerboat Race. OOD Danielle Strawford’s team have never been tested to the limits that they were today and they coped with smiles on their faces while braving the cold on the beach. Darryn Harrison and James Ion had an amazing day in Moku-Evolution 5. They proved to be unbeatable in the trecherous conditions. Harrison told me after; We first ran this…

ThunderCat Racing Championship decider in Watergate Bay

When the 2016 ThunderCat dates were announced, few knew that the final Event would nearly be on an ‘Advent Calendar’ and competitors would be following the Star of Bethlehem to Cornwall. Due to a weather cancellation of the Watergate Bay event in late September, ThunderCat Racing organiser Fiona Pascoe said; We don’t cancel Events – We postpone. Postpone is exactly what Pascoe and her ThunderCat Racing team have done. 13 teams will head to Cornwall this weekend, to not only face the fierce surf of Watergate Bay, but to contend with forecasted freezing cold temperatures. Rob Davies’ Microlink Ahmad Tea team lead Multispark Racing #61 by just 10 points going into the final 2 rounds; We are looking forward to Watergate. It should be quite interesting with the colder weather and surf conditions. We enjoy the surf so it should…

ThunderCat Championship goes down to the wire

The 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Championship is going down to the wire, Gary Tolman and Scott Brown in Multispark Racing 61 are keeping Rob Davies and Darren Phillips in Microlink-Ahmad Tea honest to the last. Competing under a warm October sun in Catalan Bay, GibraltarTolman and Brown won Round 12 by the narrowest of margins, a DNS in heat 5 cost the Welsh team and ultimately the Round. Rookie sensations Josh Broadbent and Seb Watts took their first ever podium, third. Student Loan is getting better every race and will surely be a Championship contender in 2017. The final 2 rounds will be held at Watergate Bay, Cornwall on November 19th and 20th. The air and sea will be cold but the final action of the season is bound to be hot, hot, hot. Photos: Mike Powell

Croxford and Edwards-Pritchard enjoy their last ThunderCat race

Stuart Croxford and Ryan Edwards-Pritchard will be using Round 12 of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Championship to be held today in Gibraltar as their Swan Song. Team Endeavour ThunderCat Racing was set up by Croxford who was injured in Afghanistan in 2012 where he suffered extensive injuries to both feet. During my rehabilitation I got involved in a UK ‘grass roots’ powerboat racing series to challenge myself and get the feeling of adrenaline back into my life post injury. With no previous power boat racing experience and the kind and welcoming nature of the community surrounding the powerboat series I had an amazing first year which changed my life mentally and physically while dealing with the transition away from the Army. Croxford with co-driver Edwards-Pritchard achieved his best ThunderCat Racing result yesterday, taking third place overall in Round 11, the charismatic former Army Captain told…

Davies and Phillips edge nearer to the 2016 ThunderCat Championship

Rob Davies and Darren Phillips drove Microlink-Ahmad Tea to victory in Round 11 of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Championship held at Catalan Bay in Gibraltar today. Their Championship competitors, Gary Tolman and Scott Brown in Multispark Racing 61 kept the pressure on throughout the day. A win in Heat 4 over their rivals gave the team from Poole hope, but the Welsh pairing of Davies and Phillips were relentless and focused in their pursuit of an overall win. Team Endeavour’s Stuart Croxford and Mark Lloyd took impressive third and fourth places overall with quick and consistent racing. Whilst new 2016 Champions ‘in the making’ were sparring today, Student Loan’s Josh Broadbent and Sebastian Watts took fifth place overall today and with a steady first season in ThunderCat Racing suggested that this is a warm up for their title onslaught in 2017. The Event has been supported by Visit…

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