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OCRDA attract 31 entries to Torquay

The UK Offshore Circuit Racing Drivers Association (OCRDA) ventures into a brave new world this weekend at Torquay. They announced late in March via a press release that their members had voted to race independently of the National Governing Body for the 2017 season and that the club would deal with licencing and race training with racing cover from Everard Insurance. Just over a month later and OCRDA are hosting their first event of this season in the West Country with an entry list of 31 boats, which comprises of 3 class categories. This weekends event is part of The 2017 Aqua Adrenaline Tour which will also include Offshore Water Ski Racing. Photos: Tim Tapping

Chiappe Power – The Local Hero

Philippe Chiappe will be a man in demand, sought-after, desired, coveted and requested by many this weekend, as he attempts to win the 24 Hours Motonautique de Rouen for the fifth time in a row. So just how much pressure is the man born just twenty kilometres away under? Chiappe told Powerboat Racing World’s Chris Davies; When I’m out there racing I have no pressure, but when I’m off the water everyone wants a piece of you. I have a lot of people who want to talk to me, fans, sponsors and friends. With a guest list topping 800 people Chiappe knows that making time to speak to them over the weekend can be just as challenging as the endurance race itself. Adding to that is overseeing a crew of seventy personal that make up Team Nollet, including a twelve…

The Lull before the Storm

As you walk up and down the pit lane here on the banks of the River Seine you soon spot some familiar names on the sides of those raceboats being readied as the count down begins on the 54th running of the legendary 24 Hours Motonautique of Rouen. Starting as the bookmakers favourite for overall race honours is Philippe Chiappe fresh from his F1H2O victory last weekend in Portimao, Portugal (below). The local hero looked at ease as he posed for photographs with his legions of fans this morning. Trying to make amends for his disappointing performance last weekend will be Shaun Torrente; the Floridian will once again race for the Russian New Star team. Making it almost feel like the second round of the F1H2O series has come early will be the Team Abu Dhabi pairing of Alex Carella…

Jelf Racing secure FibreTech UK backing

FibreTech UK a service provider to the UK’s Telecoms Transmission and Media Sector have partnered with the Jelf Racing team for the 2017 season. Formed in 2008, the company has a core of experienced network engineers throughout London, the Midlands and the South of England.  They offer a range of fibre services from high order PMD/CD characterisation to industry standard arc fusion splicing. The Jelf Racing team will be represented this season by George Elmore in GT15, Jonathan Brewer in GT30, Ben Jelf in F4 and Colin Jelf in F2. Team Manager Colin Jelf spoke about the new alliance; This year is our biggest campaign to date as we search for 5 British Championship titles and launch even more challenges in International Competition. He continued; Sponsorship can be difficult to find and good sponsors are even harder to find. The whole…

The Finlayson’s sign up for a full P1 Superstock season

The ‘Spirit of Inverclyde’ race boat will again fly the flag for Inverclyde and Scotland at every round of the P1 SuperStock Championship this summer with a new father and daughter crew in the cockpit. The experienced duo of David and Ashleigh Finlayson, from the historic town of Musselburgh near Edinburgh, will race the P1 Panther powerboat (pictured) in the one-design championship at events in England, Wales, Denmark and Scotland. A love of racing and being on the water started a long time ago for Davie and Ash (as they are better known). The starting point for Davie was waterski racing in the 1980s, and by the time she was 5 years old Ashleigh had already followed her father around the UK and European circuit. Over the three decades since then, Davie has competed internationally in a number of series…

Trask Records Outstanding Finish Against All Odds

Aussie F1 driver Grant Trask has recorded a stunning sixth place in the opening round of the F1H20 2017 UIM World Championship, in Portugal. Grant Trask is the only Australian and the only disabled pilot contesting the 2017 World Championship. With virtually zero seat time in practice and two blown engines on race day, Trask was relegated to pole position 18 on the start dock. With Saturday all practice and qualifying sessions abandoned due to 70 km/h winds, officials restructured the Sunday GP program. A 90-minute combined qualifying session was staged at 9:00 am with the GP set to start at 1:00 pm. Driving an unfamiliar DAC hull in his first drive with the F1 Atlantic Team, Grant Trask desperately needed every minute of practice. Fate intervened and it wasn’t to be. Early in the Sunday practice session, Trask’s 2.5…

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