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The Jacksons Experience Kissimmee

Experience Kissimmee will again be sponsoring a team in the P1 SuperStock UK Powerboat Championship which will be crewed by brothers Neil and Jason Jackson. Experience Kissimmee is the travel and tourism authority for the Kissimmee destination and Osceola County, Florida. Its sponsored team will compete in the four-venue P1 race series from June to September 2017. P1 managing director Robert Wicks explained; With our USA headquarters being in Florida and having previously partnered successfully with Experience Kissimmee at our St. Cloud race event as well as on a promotional campaign in the UK, we were delighted last year to take the relationship to another level with Experience Kissimmee becoming a boat sponsor in our UK national championship. This new agreement for 2017 makes strategic sense for both of us, with Experience Kissimmee having access to the racing team across…

Guernsey2017 is a Go

Powerboat Racing World  received a press release from the Guernsey Powerboat Association (GPA) today. A May Day date was set by the GPA for competitors to enter their UIM International Championships and for the organisers to gauge interest in the Event. From the GPA; Following the 1st May deadline that was set in partnership with the RYA, we are pleased to confirm that the UIM Class 3 A and B World Championships will take place in September 2017 in Guernsey as planned. The UIM Class 3A category already has 2016 World Champion Jack Bobin entered and ready to defend his title against teams from Norway, Sweden, Britain and the Channel Islands. The GPA note in their release; We require a few more Class 3B entries in order to secure the official UIM World status. Currently, Thomas and Annika Wrenkler from Sweden are…

Colin Jelf back to his very best in Carr Mill

Colin Jelf has won the UIM F2 World Championship on 3 occasions in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Since then, he has mainly concentrated on racing in Britain and nurturing his son Ben through the ranks of GT15, GT30 and this year F4. For those that watched Jelf Snr on any of the Facebook Live links from the Lancashire GP last weekend may have noticed a ‘Master Class’ of qualification and racing. With the form and boat set-up Jelf has right now, it surely should be a must that he joins his brother Owen and fellow Brit Matt Palfreyman for a crack at the 2017 UIM F2 World Championship?  

24 Heures motonautiques de Rouen – Chiappe’s Cinque

There is no let up in Philippe Chiappe’s World title pursuit, 8 days ago in Portimao he won the first round of the 2017 UIM F1H2o Championship and is already favourite to regain the crown for a fourth consecutive year. In France today with Team Nollet he won Class S1 honours and the 24 Heures motonautiques de Rouen overall for the fifth time. The Franco Italian outfit, Team Privilege – Tullio Abbate (below), took the Class S2 overall win and second overall. Their consistency and speed throughout the demanding 24 hour race saw off rival teams with bigger budgets and perhaps bigger names in the cockpit, they finished an impressive 29 laps shy of the overall winner. A full report of the 24 Heures motonautiques de Rouen with Chris Davies’ photographs, a guest article by New Star driver Shaun Torrente will be in Issue #2 of…

Team Nollet hold commanding lead after Day 1

Philippe Chiappe’s Team Nollet held a commanding lead of the 2017 24 Heures motonautiques de Rouen as the night racing session ended late on Sunday night. Chiappe is attempting to win the race for the fifth time in a row and is looking odds on, Team Nollet have a 19 lap cushion on nearest rival VSI Racing in the S1 Class. Team Privilege head the S2 Class as their main challengers all had issues. After eighty six laps, Team Abu Dhabi #36 driven by their UIM F2 reserve driver Rashed Al Remeithi was caught out by the spray coming from two boats just ahead of him. The young UAE driver was unhurt in the blow over, but the left sponson was completely destroyed in the impact. There was more woe for Team Abu Dhabi when at approx 19.00 CET their #35 boat barrel rolled with Alex Carella driving.…

24 Heures motonautiques de Rouen – More drama for Team Abu Dhabi

It’s been a very bad day for Team Abu Dhabi at Rouen. Earlier, after eighty six laps, their #36 boat driven by their UIM F2 reserve driver Rashed Al Remeithi was caught out by the spray coming from two boats just ahead of him. The young UAE driver was unhurt in the blow over, but the left sponson was completely destroyed in the impact. The team then pinned their hopes on the #35 boat. At approx 19.00 CET #35 with Alex Carella driving, the boat barrel rolled and was subsequently recovered. Carella is okay, although in shock. The team are hopeful it can be repaired. Now it’s a race between the mechanics of Team Abu Dhabi and New Star whose #20 boat experienced gearcase failure at a similar time.    

24 Heures motonautiques de Rouen – The Start

The 54th 24 Heures motonautiques de Rouen got underway this morning at 10.30 CET. A 30 minute delay in starting the boats was due to a suspected suicide earlier, not related to the race and the French Police had closed the river. All other times are expected to be unchanged giving the competitors a 23.5 Heure race. Team Nollet (below), headed by Philippe Chiappe, who is attempting to win the 24 Hours Motonautique de Rouen for the fifth time in a row, lead the race after 97 laps. Chasing them down and just a lap behind are VSI Racing (below. Photos: Chris Davies  

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