Day 2 of the 2016 Coniston Records Week featured the ongoing rivalry between two UIM Class 3 A teams – Motorvated and Slayer Racing.
Jack Bobin’s Phantom 19 g took the British National speed record this time last year and beat Paul Etasse’s Slayer Racing into second place in Tvedestrand’s Class 3A World Championships in the summer of 2016.
Etasse, from the Channel Island of Guernsey who races a similar Phantom 19 g hull, was in no mood to be in second place to Bobin again when he traveled north to the Lake District with the aim of capturing a World Speed Record.
On Day 2 of Coniston Records Week, Etasse set a 72.75 mph bettering the established record by 1.17 mph.
The laconic and in equal measure focused Bobin, who had driven overnight to compete at Coniston instantly replied by posting a 72.89 speed, but due to the 0.3 % rule, it didn’t better Etasse’s time.
During the lunch break, Bobin rallied his team to improve on his set-up and straight after set a new British Class 3A record at 73.35 mph slightly short of the World Record set by Swede Martin Lostrom at 73.47 mph in 2012.
Records subject to ratification by National Governing Bodies and the UIM
Photo: Tim Tapping
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.