Powerboat P1 have today confirmed that they will not be promoting or organising a Powerboat Racing Championship in Britain next year due to uncertainty with the current organisation.
Their US campaign stays unchanged and they are looking for new international venues.
Following OCRDA, IPRC and the BPRC who have severed their links with the British ‘National Governing Body’, the RYA, P1 have decided to concentrate on their AquaX and P1 Jetcross disciplines.
P1 UK Managing Director, Robert Wicks said today:
P1 SuperStock has enjoyed seven great years in the UK but our focus needs to switch to new markets as the business evolves.
The ongoing uncertainty in offshore powerboat racing in the UK has also contributed to this decision.
On the flip side, our Mumbai event introduced the sport to a huge new audience on the sub-continent and the nine hours of live television broadcasting and extensive media coverage played a considerable role in taking powerboat racing to the next level.
International development is very much part of our SuperStock planning for the future.
Lisa Barsby, P1 Global Head of AquaX, has seen her discipline grow since its UK launch in 2011:
We took AquaX to the USA in 2012 and expansion continued last year when Jetcross, Europe’s leading personal watercraft promoter and race series, joined the P1 family of marine racing brands.
Our race calendar next year will include 9 events in the UK and Europe, with British riders feeding into the European events, and the UK events will be designed to improve spectator engagement through increased activity both on the water, in the form of a marine festival, and onshore.
If the Chairman and founder of P1, Asif Rangoonwala has left the sinking RYA boat, it’s time to work bilge pumps hard at SO31 4YA.