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 something we are working on for this year. Outboard & Hydroplane Services do a great job preparing my Mercury OptiMax, but I need some new props to put me on pole, or thereabouts.
Former circuit racer, John Kendrick, supports Palfreyman’s racing career through his #pepstar project.
We’ve had early season Gremlims this year, gearbox failure, a leaking fuel tank, but I am quietly confident that Matt will do Britain proud during the 2016 UIM F2 World Championship.
Palfreyman’s family are also a huge part of his team, his Mum and Dad tow the UIM F2 Moore hull countless miles across Europe to allow him to compete in the UIM F2 series.
My family make the difference, coupled with my sponsorship partners, Vision Security, Rapid Support and FUCHS Silkolene, it’s time to reward them with a UIM F2 Gold Medal!
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.