British Powerboat Racers this weekend (2/3 July) head to Kingsbury Water Park in Warwickshire for the third Grand Prix of the 2016 season. 40 of Britain’s top Powerboat racers from all over the United Kingdom are set to kick it up a gear for rounds five and six of the RYA Powerboat GP British Championship.
Following an exhilarating competition at the Lancashire Grand Prix at the end of May, competitors have enjoyed a 4 week break allowing them vital testing time as we head into the half way point in the season.
Five of the six championship fleets will be back inaction this weekend and with only a couple of championship places separating the top boats there’s everything still to play for and this will lead to a very highly contested weekend of racing at Kingsbury.
In the GT30 class it will be Staffordshire’s Tiegen Goodfellow who will be hoping to use home water to her full advantage as she looks to catch championship leader Ben Jelf and keep the rest of the fleet in her wake. The young powerboat racer has really come into form this season and is certainly giving the boys a run for their money now in her 6th season of racing she will use every twist and turn of her home course at Kingsbury to aim for that gold podium spot.
Also looking for home water advantage will be Tamworth youngster Harvey Smith who currently sits in a viable third place in the GT15 championship with very little separating the top junior racers. Championship leader Thomas Mantripp and second place Jonathan Brewer will go head to head in the battle for the championship lead with 1 point between them but Harvey will have spent his time perfecting his lines through the island straight on the course and will use his knowledge of the course and conditions to his favour.
Following a spectacular barrel roll at Kingsbury during the 2015 championship OSY400 championship leader Luke Hugman will be looking for a better outcome this weekend but the rest of the plucky hydroplane racers will not give with an inch as they pile on the pressure. 2015 saw seasoned racer Jason Mantripp take his first ever national win and he’ll be looking for more of the same this weekend.
The Lancashire Grand Prix saw a hotly contested opening round in the T850 campaign and as the weekend progressed the competition got even tighter promising even more edge of your seat action for the Kingsbury Grand Prix. Lancashire duo Steve Cash and Bill Owen will look favourites for the Kingsbury crown but Nigel Edwards will be looking to improve on recent form and launch a championship campaign attack in the monohull class.
The final class to line up this weekend will be the F4 Catamarans the start of the season saw Sam Whittle take a strong lead in the campaign and following the Lowestoft Grand Prix looked unstoppable. However Upminster’s Rob Veares launched a strong title attack taking pole position and two heat wins to seriously narrow the gap on the championship leader.
Kingsbury Water Park creates interesting conditions for the competitors in every class making it a firm favourite venue for many competitors with the small island in the middle of the lake making interesting conditions adding the unknown to the racing as you never know what the winds doing on the opposite side of the island until you round it.” Explains Powerboat GP promoter Jason Brewer
He continues “Kingsbury Water Park’s a fantastic venue for powerboat racing all of the action can be captured from every vantage point around the lake making it brilliant for spectators. The championship is by far the closest we’ve ever seen it to date and everyone is still in with a chance of taking a podium finish or even the championship title and all the drivers are aware of this so will all come out fighting, there’s going to be some great racing.”
Whatever the weather the action promises to be fast and furious as each of the class’s battle through qualification and then over three heats each to secure the Kingsbury Crown.
Racing will take place on both Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July with the action getting away on the water from 10.30 both days.
To get up close and personal with the action, there is a small park entry charge applicable. Everybody is welcome to come along and enjoy the show and you will be able to see the racing from anywhere around the banks or you can join the racers, their skilled mechanics, crew and teams in the club pit area where you can also listen to the live commentary.