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Welsh Wizzards do it again on the Mersey

The Welsh pairing of Rob Davies and Darren Phillips in Microlink – Ahmad Tea completed a ‘clean sweep’ of Enduro wins at Liverpool this weekend. Winning both races today in Round 6 of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Racing Championship, and with a pair of wins in the bin from yesterday, Davies and Phillips have given their title challenge a huge boost. Microlink – Ahmad Tea Team Manager, Martin Tummuscheit told me, We are very pleased that our hard work is paying off. We are doing all of the engineering ‘in house’ as well as developing our own props. Simon Matthews and Martin Jerome in Seavacation had another good day, two second places just reward for their form in the Enduro racing. James Tapp and Mark Blackman took the final podium spot driving Ragworm. Photos: Brian Lunt

ThunderCat Enduro racing on the Mersey

With two Enduro races on the River Mersey counting for Round 5 of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Racing Championship today, Rob Davies and Darren Phillips in Microlink – Ahmad Tea positively dominated. Overtaking early leaders Simon Matthews and Martin Jerome in Seavacation the Welsh duo claimed their second ever ThunderCat Racing Enduro win and then added to that tally with a convincing Race 2 victory. Seavacation are hitting top form, Jerome re-joined the team last month after a year out through a nasty injury, his come back is certainly proving successful. Mathews told me after, We didn’t have the speed on Microlink – Ahmad Tea today, particularly when the river chopped up. Having said that, we are thrilled with second. World Champion James Tapp made another ‘guest appearance’ this season, today with the Ragworm team. Showing his usual flair and determination, he steered co-driver Mark Blackman to third overall…

Third-placed Team Abu Dhabi ‘s Al-tayer And Al-mansoori Perfectly Placed To Challenge For Lugano Grand Prix Honours

Switzerland’s Lake Lugano played host to its first ever pole position qualifying for a UIM XCAT World Series event on Saturday afternoon. The Team Abu Dhabi 5 crew of Rashed Al-Tayer and Faleh Al-Mansoori qualified for Sunday’s race in third position, with pole honours going to the Gold Coast Australia crew of Tom-Barry Cotter and Ross Willaton. The series-leading Victory Team crew of Arif Saif Al-Zafeen and Nadir bin Hendi qualified in fourth and Lady Spain’s Jay Price and Joakhim Kumlin finished a fine second. After a pair of back-to-back races in the United Arab Emirates in the spring, the calmer waters of Lake Lugano were a welcome change for the impressive field of 14 boats that lined up for pole qualifying and the Dubai Duty Free Speed Cat Runs later in the afternoon. Team Abu Dhabi runs out of…

Gold Coast take Lugano XCAT EMAAR Pole

The Top Boats were looking to capitalize on their times achieved in the Official Practice Run yesterday. After yesterday’s fastest lap at the Practice Run, Victory Team’s Nadir Bin Hendi said that he was very happy with yesterday’s performance, The boat ran as expected, conditions were fantastic, it was a great run on a challenging new course. It was a close ending to the to the EMAAR Pole Position run which gave us a great battle between Gold Coast Australia and Lady Spain for 1st and 2nd Place and Abu Dhabi Team coming 3rd with Victory Team coming in at 4th place. Official Times and Speeds below: 1st Gold Coast Australia – 02.26.723 2nd Lady Spain – 02.26.987 3rd Abu Dhabi Team – 02.27.827 4th Victory Team – 02.29.686 The Dubai Duty Free Speed Cat Run is to follow this…

Olderin and Coleman team-up in US P1 Superstock.

Veronica Olderin and Daisy Coleman have teamed up this weekend to compete in US P1 Superstock. BoaterChicks.com run by Allison and Keith Barco put the lady racers together to enable them to compete in the US P1 SuperStock race in Jacksonville, Florida this weekend. Olderin from Sweden, is the current UIM 3B World Champion after steering her Twister Cat to success in Oskarshamn last year. Coleman, from Saundersfoot in Wales first raced in the Cowes Poole Cowes race in 2012 and was runner up in last year’s UK P1 Superstock Championship. The combination of Veronica and Daisy will certainly be something to watch and should be favourites for a place on the podium under the Floridian sun this weekend.

ThunderCat across the Mersey

ThunderCat Racers have headed north this weekend, to Liverpool. Leaving the sunny beaches of Cornwall behind them, Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Racing Championship will be competed for on the River Mersey. Complementing a busy International Mersey River Festival, the competitors will be competing in no less than 4 ‘Enduro Races’ over the weekend. Multi-winning Bligh Julius has decided the Mersey conditions are far too tough for him and the UK/South African Moku Team have celebrations to attend to in Southampton.   It leaves Rounds 5 and 6 wide open, with new challengers and whoever takes the glory, they can expect huge support from the expected 100,000 spectators. Photo: Tim Piper    

Final preperations for XCAT GP on Lake Lugano

Here we are on beautiful Lake Lugano, the weather cloudy and with some moderate rain. Water conditions look to be relatively flat with a slight chop and a light North Easterly breeze as final preparation are taking place on the eve of the great race. It’s the final day for any major changes or rearranges and the teams are going full throttle in preparation for the big race which begins tomorrow. Nadir Bin Hendi driver of the Dubai based Victory Team said, I am curious to see how the new Mercury 4-Stroke engines will perform in fresh water. He also commented that the flatter conditions, the extra weight load that the boat will carry and the fact that the boat will be sitting lower in the water due to the new heavier Mercury Engines will be an interesting test for the…

Bermuda Powerboat Boat Association

From May through September, Ferry Reach near the town of St. George’s comes alive every two weeks with an ear-piercing roar of Evinrude, Yamaha and Mercury engines, as drivers take their machines to the limit in water-skimming circuits down to Grotto Bay or joint-jarring offshore rides out through the pylons. The season reaches a peak with The Rubis Around the Island Race, one of the Islands classic sporting challenges. For over 29 years now, the annual battle between man, boat and nature has thrilled drivers and fans alike. For today’s drivers like Derek and Damon Simons, they drive their own Ocke Mannerfelt B23 boats which were built in Sweden and both sport Mercury 200xs engines. On May 29th, the 2016 racing season started in Bermuda. With a slow start to the season as not all boats were ready to show…

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