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Tapp is back – Sparks will fly – ThunderCat Racing Fistral

Just when everyone thought James Tapp, a serial winner in the UK ThunderCat series had retreated to a deckchair on the beach, he has been lured out of retirement by Multispark Racing team owner Dave Sheldon. We run a two boat team, unfortunately our driver, Gary Tolman who normally drives the #61 boat is on a ‘Bus training course’ during the Fistral Event. I thought it would ‘spice things up’ to invite James into the Multispark team, for a guest appearance. Tapp’s teammate will be Bligh Julius. The drivers had a ‘battle royale’ last year for the RYA ThunderCat British Championship, which was only decided on the final day’s racing in Newquay. The quietly spoken father of two told me this afternoon, Thanks to Dave, I’m back in a ThunderCat again! My wife Sophie doesn’t think I’m fit enough, but…

Palfreyman aims at UIM F2 Gold

Back in the day, Great Britain boasted a plethora of successful circuit powerboat racers that competed and won on the World stage. The names ‘tripped off the tongue’, Spalding, Hill, Percival and Jones to name a few. Matt Palfreyman from Lancashire, is a ‘chip off the old block’ from those former British racers. Taking a gradual progression from racing in the junior classes, Palfreyman moved into F4 as soon as he was old enough and then started to compete in the H2o Racing backed F-4S series in 2010, winning the championship in 2011 and taking the runners up spot in 2012. Last year, he competed in the UIM F2 World Championship and took the Silver Medal. His ‘hard charging’ racing style has enthralled spectators.   I have to race like that, I never do well in qualifying and it is…

Stanley Gibbons Investment Powerboat Racing Open Day – Guernsey

When organisers talk about bringing Offshore Powerboat Racing to the public, they normally think about how the race course should be laid out. The GPA does account for that with our Stanley Gibbons Investment racing series, but we thought it would be a good idea to invite the local people on Guernsey to see the race boats close up and chat to the drivers and navigators. Yesterday, my club held an ‘Open Day’ in Saint Peter Port which started at lunch time and saw a great turnout of boats and the general public. There were competitions; local racer, Sean Homer, won a VHF radio, which should help him cut down on his phone bills, Prime Elements donated hoodies and Breda was won by the winners and bought by the losers. The children who attended, took advantage of the ‘Face Painting’…

Team Abu Dhabi #35 seals Rouen 24 Class S2 win

Thani Al-Qamzi, Alex Carella, Majed Al-Mansoori and Tullio Abbate shadow CTIC China Team to finish Mohammed Al-Mehairbi, Rashid Al-Qamzi, Alberto Comparato and Rashid Al-Tayer retire Team Abu Dhabi 36 The Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) enjoyed a superb weekend of endurance racing on their debut at the punishing 24 Hours of Rouen in northern France. The team entered two DAC boats in the world famous race and the Team Abu Dhabi 35 quartet of Alex Carella, Thani Al-Qamzi, Majed Al-Mansoori and Tullio Abbate finished first in the S2 class and third overall in their DAC after completing 792 laps of the 3.8km course on the River Seine. “This was an amazing experience for me and the entire team,” said Thani Al-Qamzi. “It’s hard to put into words the experience of running at speeds for very long periods where…

4th consecutive Rouen 24 hour victory for Chiappe

Current UIM F1h2o World Champion Philippe Chiappe added a 4th consecutive 24 heures motonautiques de Rouen win to his burgeoning trophy cabinet today. Sharing driving duties with Nelson Morin and Peter Morin, the FI China CTIC Team finished the famous endurance race 41 laps ahead of their nearest rivals, Team Cegelec SDEM ITM. Team Abu Dhabi #35 made an impressive debut in France, they finished third overall and first in class (S2). Event ‘regulars’ Navikart #32 and New Star #20 joined the UAE team on the S2 podium. Arion Racing #41 led their class, S3 for an incredible 23 hours. They were followed home by Team Buddy Drivers and Team Touax Heritage. Photography kindly supplied by Peter ‘Pepe’ Moorkens and Luc Vermeiren Powerboatracing.be @powerboatracing

Mullan wins again, but Roylance stuns on debut

2016 Australian V8 Superboat Championships Allcott Hire Park, Temora, NSW Photos: Russell Puckeridge, Pureart Creative Images RAMJET Racing’s Phonsy Mullan continued his winning streak in the Australian V8 Superboats Championship under lights at Allcott Hire Park in Temora, although he had to do things the hard way under mounting pressure from reigning world#4 Jamie Welch and the returning Tony Giustozzi, however it was a 400 Class driver who stole the show in front of the big local crowd, Mitch Roylance taking the round win on debut! Mullan’s victory was perhaps no great surprise, but the three-time champion was playing things down ahead of the event, having been forced to rebuild his twin-turbo 445ci powerplant after a rare failure with a head gasket at Griffith. Replacement parts and a busy work schedule for the GM Motorsport boss meant that final works…

Italian Tommy Racing Team enter the Cowes Classic 2016

Maurizio Schepici has entered his Seatek powered Metamarine hull, Tommy Racing, into the Cowes Classic 2016. Last year was his first crack at the historic race. After a duel with Vector Martini Rosso for the lead, mechanical issues set-in leaving the Italian team having to rely on a tow in to Torquay. 41 year old Schepici, established the Italian record hammer throwing record with a distance of over 65 m in 2007, changing sports, he then went on to win the UIM P1 Endurance World Championship in 2010. This year he will team up with Gabriele Giambattista who took numerous wins in the UIM P1 Supersport Championship, racing Jolly Drive. It’s been six years since Fabio Buzzi won the Cowes Torquay Cowes and for the Italians, that is too long!

The Norvall brothers launch their P1 Superstock season at Tedworth House

Brothers Glynn and Lee Norvall today launched their 2016 P1 Superstock challenge at Tedworth House, Wiltshire and announced their intention to support the UK Charity, Help for Heroes. Founded in 2007, Help for Heroes provides direct, practical support for wounded, injured and sick servicemen, women and veterans and their loved ones. This is done through grants to individuals and specialist charity partners, together with recovery services delivered through its national network of centres. Mark Elliott from Help for Heroes commented, We are delighted that E.Marine Racing has chosen Help for Heroes as its Charity of the Year partner for 2016 and we are looking forward to working together, with the full backing of Powerboat P1. This is another wonderful partnership to raise much needed funds to help our wounded, sick and injured Heroes in their journey to recovery. We wish Glynn…

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