A year after so nearly breaking the world speed record for the P1 SuperStock 250 class, Andy Foster and Charles Morris returned to Lake Coniston this week and today set a new record of 68.15 mph.
John Donnelly has held the record at 67.63 mph since 2015 when he drove Kevin Burdock’s Panther.
Foster and Morris arrived in Coniston last Sunday and, with time running out to beat the current record set in 2015, it all came right on one of their final runs on the one-kilometre straight course.
A jubilant Foster said:
We were flat out when we hit the timing line and our outward run put us right on track, but we know that the recorded speed is an average of the two runs so it was vital to let the wash settle and then aim for a perfect return run.
Charles kept us both calm and now we are world record holders.
Speaking on the lakeside afterwards, Morris commented:
Waiting for the official announcement was more testing than being on the water, and I know that our families and friends in Yeovil and Cardiff will be delighted at the news.
We are about to start our celebrations with our team manager and chief engineer, Duncan who has put his heart and soul into this successful record attempt.
Photo: ©Rob Clifford rjc photography
Roy Mantle has more than 25 years experience in sales, marketing, PR, sponsorship, events and sports management both in-house with blue-chip companies and as a consultant.
He founded and ran two successful sports marketing agencies in the 1980s before becoming head of PR & sponsorship for Guinness in 1992, where he first became interested in environmental issues.
He negotiated and helped to plan the activation programme for the Guinness sponsorship of the 1999 Rugby World Cup and managed the Guinness sponsorship of London Irish for nearly a decade.
He has worked on projects for the Department of Education since 2002, handled the Guinness sponsorship at Cheltenham Racecourse for more than 15 years and is currently Company Secretary & In-House PR for Powerboat P1.