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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…

2015 UIM Photographic competition winners announced

The 2015 UIM Photographic competition winners have been announced. The eighteenth year of the competition, comprised of the following categories; Circuit, Offshore, Aquabike, Atmosphere, Retouched and Open. In a statement published with the results, Judging Panel Chairman James Wright commented, With a total of 229 entries, the 2015 UIM Photographic competition was arguably the strongest to date, making the task of the judging panel both arduous and enjoyable. With a great variety of entries showing the excitement and drama from all levels of powerboat racing it is obvious that there are a large number of photographers following our sport who really enjoy capturing the highs and the lows, the preparation and planning and the people so passionate in making the races happen – drivers, mechanics, organisers and officials and the crowds. The introduction of the new ‘Open’ category encouraged strong submissions from Australia,…

2016 Trans Atlantic ThunderCat Race – massive surf and roughest racing ever

The final day of the Trans Atlantic certainly gave not only all the competitors, but the thousands of spectators who turned up to watch the racing, the most exciting yet this year in South Africa. With the high winds and extremely rough sea conditions the Trans Atlantic this year gave photographers and film cameraman the most incredible pictures and footage. With many bruised and aching bodies and some very tired muscles, the 45 teams gave it their all on Sunday, 3rd and final day, with all 4 classes, 11 boats in Novice, 16 boats in Stock, 6 boats in Pro-Stock and 11 boats in Modified, providing some really nail biting racing with positons changing constantly and lots of dicing. Once again old time Pro-Stock class thundercat racer Marc Gleed with his much younger co-pilot Christiaan Beyers of Team Brent Oil, had…

Team Abu Dhabi enter 24 heures motonautiques de Rouen

Thani Al-Qamzi, Alex Carella, Majed Al-Mansoori and Tullio Abbate to crew Team Abu Dhabi 35 Mohammed Al-Mehairbi, Rashid Al-Qamzi, Alberto Comparato and Rashid Al-Tayer line up in second 36 boat In an exciting break from taking part in the UIM XCAT World Series and the UIM F1 H2O World Championship, Team Abu Dhabi is currently in northern France preparing for this weekend’s 53rd edition of the world famous 24 Hours of Rouen, the marine version of motor sport’s legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team from the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) has entered two DAC boats in the race for the very first time and four drivers will take turns to crew each of the race hulls during 24 gruelling hours of competition on the demanding Rouen course on France’s famous River Seine. On an entry…

Powerboat GP enters its fifth season

The opening round of the 2016 Powerboat GP RYA British Championship will be held at Oulton Broad on the 1st and 2nd May. 2015 F2 Champion Steve Hoult will be defending his title against Colin Jelf and Paul Balfour, his main rivals from last season. Thomas Mantripp will not only attempt to defend his Junior GT15 title, but will also race this year in the GT30 championship. A highlight of the Lowestoft Grand Prix is the fleet of OSY400 hydroplanes skipping across the water at speeds in excess of 65mph, with their driver’s helmets mere millimetres from the water. Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Motor Boat Club’s Commodore Peter Mantripp had this to say on hosting the opening round of the 2016 Powerboat GP RYA Championship, The club has a strong history of Powerboat Racing and to once again be hosting…

Jelf Racing announces sponsors and racing calendar

The Jelf Racing Team has announced that they will be partnered by Peters & May for the fifth consecutive year. The World leading logistic provider has been a huge contributing factor in the team’s phenomenal success. Jelf Racing have also renewed deals with YourPrintPartner.co.uk and Castlemaine Accountancy LLP. The team will compete in the Powerboat GP RYA British Championship as well as potentially competing in some International events. Father and Son Colin and Ben Jelf will be heading up the team and will continue their established driver training program that helps develop talent in the sport. As part of the program, the team will once again be joined by junior drivers George Elmore and Jonathan Brewer in the junior GT15 class. The team will also remain committed to their long term support of T850 and 0350 Hydroplane driver, Nigel Edwards.…

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