Motorvated Racing have finalised preparations with their new 115 Mercury 115 Pro XS four stroke.
The team will be trialling the new power unit on their UIM Class 3A Phantom 19G hull at this weekend’s OCRDA Event to be staged at Torquay.
The question on UIM 3A and 3B competitors minds, will the new motor will live up to the expectations created by Mercury Marine at their Miami launch in February?
The engine is expected to have as good if not better performance as the two stroke it replaces and the team are hoping to use any advantage gained to improve on their 2015 UIM 3A World Championship Silver Medal when they compete in Norway this year.
However the team are hedging their bets at the moment by retaining their existing two stroke version and it is likely that a final decision on which motor to run may not happen until days before they leave.
The team have entered into an agreement to freely loan whichever motor is not used to another UK team looking to make the journey to Norway.
The OCRDA event in Torquay should provide a good indicator for the team with 20 entries received meaning both the course and venue will closely represent UIM Class 3 conditions.
With only an hour or two on the engine and no prop selection work carried out, driver Jack Bobin will be using the Torquay Event for data acquisition only.
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.