A wet Sunday along the Greenock Esplanade couldn’t put a dampener on spirits as the first ever P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea came to a close yesterday afternoon.
In huge contrast to Saturday’s sunshine, the heavens opened and the mist descended to cause disruption to the racing schedule and as a result only one P1 SuperStock UK race was completed and the AquaX Enduro action was reduced in time.
Reduced visibility caused one race to be scrapped from the SuperStock schedule whilst the first race of the day was stopped early because of a red flag, leaving just the one race to be completed. This left Pertemps needing a finish to take the weekend spoils and the brother and sister crew of Sam and Daisy Coleman duly obliged with a race win ahead of Quantum Racing and home team Spirit of Inverclyde.
After a second place in Scarborough, Pertemps now lead the SuperStock championship and head into round three in Gosport full of confidence.
Meanwhile, Phil Pope put in another flawless display of jet ski racing to make it two round wins from two in the 300 class. The opening AquaX Enduro race of the day was cut short by a lack of visibility but there was more than enough time for the world no.2 to stretch away from American challenger and world no.1 Eric Francis to land the race victory. He completed a hat trick of wins in the final race of the weekend to extend his lead atop the AquaX championship standings.
Khris Leach secured second place with three solid podium finishes over the weekend, whilst Tim Batte came third after a tie on points with Russell Marmon and Joseph Harvey.
Richard Rowe was spectacular in the 250 class racking up three wins from three races, finishing sixth in the overall standings ahead of a number of riders in the 300 class. Paul Handley pipped Duncan Johnstone to victory in the 200 class by just one point.
In the AquaX Sprint format, Simon Gill overcame a strong challenge from Tom Miller over the weekend to win the Elite class and Reanna Wilson ensured victory in the Amateur class after three wins from four races.
For the first time an AquaX Juniors series for 10-13 year olds was featured in the schedule and it was Lucy Gadsby who showed real skill to land victory ahead of strong performances from Dylan Green and Rohan Malin.
P1 now travels south to Gosport in three weeks’ time for round three of the UK championship on 9/10 July.
Roy Mantle has more than 25 years experience in sales, marketing, PR, sponsorship, events and sports management both in-house with blue-chip companies and as a consultant.
He founded and ran two successful sports marketing agencies in the 1980s before becoming head of PR & sponsorship for Guinness in 1992, where he first became interested in environmental issues.
He negotiated and helped to plan the activation programme for the Guinness sponsorship of the 1999 Rugby World Cup and managed the Guinness sponsorship of London Irish for nearly a decade.
He has worked on projects for the Department of Education since 2002, handled the Guinness sponsorship at Cheltenham Racecourse for more than 15 years and is currently Company Secretary & In-House PR for Powerboat P1.