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Solid debut for Outlaw Team Spitwater in front of 10,000 fans

Outlaw Team Spitwater made their public debut in the Australian V8 Superboats over the weekend, in front of more than 10,000 screaming fans as part of the Keith Diesel & Dirt Derby in regional South Australia. The mastermind of local farmer Glen Simpson, the event was developed to provide some growth for the struggling Keith agricultural show and from slow beginnings, the event grew to attract more than 7000 people in 2016, the 2017 event – thanks in part to the Spitwater V8 Superboats – attracting a staggering 10,000 plus people! For Justin Roylance and his team, the event became their first real opportunity to debut their all-new Outlaw Team Spitwater package, which had been developed by two young V8 Superboat talents from JRE Race Engines, and from opening practice the new team showed just how competitive they’d be. “We…

Nigel Hook Announces World Record Attempt

Nigel Hook has announced that this June, his 77 Lucas Oil SilverHook offshore powerboat team and driver, Jay Johnson, will challenge the current endurance world record from Key West to Cuba and that they will also attempt a new, round trip world record. This record, the Lucas Oil Ocean Cup – Key West to Cuba, will be the second Ocean Cup presented by Lucas Oil, the first was established in 2013 as the Lucas Oil Ocean Cup – Golden Gate to Queen Mary. The Lucas Oil Ocean Cup – Key West to Cuba record attempt is scheduled for the week of June 19-23. It will be an internationally approved record sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association (APBA), governed by the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) with race management by Powerboat P1. Another element of this event will be to support…

OCRDA look to the future

From a press release issued by the UK Offshore Circuit Racing Drivers Association (OCRDA) this afternoon. At the recent OCRDA AGM members voted overwhelmingly, for the third time, to race independently. Left with no other viable alternative, having total support of host venues and absolute assurance of cover from Everard Insurance, the committee has taken the decision to action members’ wishes. OCRDA Chairman Bob McCarthy said; After 35 years of RYA affiliation, this decision was taken with a heavy heart and not taken lightly. The OCR season kicks off at the end of April at Torquay with over 40 teams registered as part of The 2017 Aqua Adrenaline Tour alongside Offshore Water Ski Racing and other on water activities, followed by further events at Newhaven, West Bay, Howth and Plymouth. Further Information available at www.ocrda.info or email ocrda@btconnect.com Photo: Tim Tapping

Norwegian International Boat Show 2017 – Spirit of Pakistan is launched

History was made here in Lillestrøm at the Norwegian International Boat Show this evening when the first ever Powerboat Racing Team from Pakistan was officially launched. ‘Spirit of Pakistan’ will enter the sport racing a F4 Molgaard hull and it will be driven by newcomer Muhammad Ali from the UAE. Former UIM F2 World Championship promoter, Abdul Salam Fairooz, Managing Director of Spirit of Pakistan told me; We are very excited about this new venture and Pakistan’s first foray into powerboat racing. The country has a population of 182 million and many of those people are mad on sport. We see this as an amazing opportunity to introduce those sports fans to our racing. Driver Muhammad Ali whose parents are both from Pakistan, knows he has a steep learning curve; I will start testing the F4 in the UAE. The plan is then to…

A new Asian Team – Norwegian International Boat Show 2017

The 2017 Norwegian International Boat Show will host a press conference tomorrow night at 19:00 CET. There will be some exciting racing announcements for 2017, perhaps the highlight of those, will be news of a brand new team from Asia, which plans to compete in the UIM F4 World Championship this season. As yet, I have only been ‘teased’ with scant information about this exciting new prospect in powerboat racing. I look forward to reporting from the press conference tomorrow evening, where I am assured, everything will be revealed! The Norwegian International Boat Show 2017 Norges Varemesse Messeveien 8 2004 Lillestrøm Norway

It’s F1H2o Team Sweden for Stark in 2017

The f1h2o.com web site have today confirmed that 4 time UIM F2 World Champion Erik Stark will be joining Team Sweden for the 2017 season. Stark will partner fellow Swede, Jonas Andersson in a DAC hull, with Andersson running a Danish built Molgaard. After racing for Scott Gillman’s Emirates Racing in 2015 and 2016, Stark returns to the team where he made his F1H2o debut in 2012 at the age of 24. Andersson expects testing to get underway in the next couple of weeks, once Sweden thaws out from the winter.  

Jukes is the giant-killer, defeating Mullan in Superboat final

Coming into the opening round of the 2017 Australian V8 Superboats Championship there was a sense of deja-vu for the amassed fans on the hill, with the mighty #1 RAMJET Racing machine of four-time [back-to-back] champion Phonsy Mullan dominating the qualifying heats as he has done on some many occasions across recent seasons. Heading into the finals things looked very much like they’d continue down that all too familiar path, but just one person decided he’d ‘flip the script’ for the final run of the night, Tremayne Jukes bringing the big crowd to their feet in vocal applause as he finally did what so many had failed to do before him – top the timesheets by 0.221 seconds to claim victory against the might of Mullan in an Australian final.. For Jukes – who took over the mighty ‘Loose Cannon’…

Skagerak Across and Arendal Marathon 2017 cancelled

Two UIM Marathon events in Norway, the Skagerak Across and Arendal Marathon have been cancelled by the organisers due to a lack of entries. The Tvedestrand Racing Klubb announced on their web site that at yesterday’s entry deadline, there was ‘only one officially registered boat’. The Tvedestrand based club had set a minimum of 10 entries to run the two races and hope to run the events in 2018. This just leaves 2 UIM Marathon events on the international calendar, the recently formed International Powerboat Race Club (IPRC), will be organising its inaugural event in July and the British Powerboat Racing Club (BPRC) will be staging the classic Cowes Torquay Cowes in August.

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