The E. Marine Racing P1 Panther
From L-R: Lee Norvall, Rob Wicks, Patricia Darke and Glynn Norvall
Crewed by Bournemouth-based brothers Lee and Glynn Norvall, the E. Marine boat will carry the Help for Heroes name and race at five venues around the country from May to September as part of the one-design, offshore powerboat fleet. 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.
The son of powerboat racer Doug Norvall who built and raced the very first catamaran some 53 years ago, Lee had his first experience of P1 Superstock racing this year and will join Glynn this winter in a training programme on the south coast with seven-times world champion powerboat racer and now renowned instructor, Neil Holmes. “We will prepare thoroughly for the new season and be eager to get racing” say Lee and Glynn, “with our aims being to make a real mark on the championship and to do our bit for those who have risked their lives in the service of their country.”
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.”
P1 chief operating officer, Robert Wicks believes that this unique partnership provides an attractive opportunity for sponsors, with significant branding available on the boat, race suits and team clothing along with hospitality and powerboat ride experiences at events. “The race team offers a range of commercial and marketing opportunities, and the P1 SuperStock series enjoys considerable national and international exposure, including television coverage in the UK on Sky Sports and Motors TV” explains Wicks. “We will support this new partnership between E. Marine Racing and Help for Heroes through our in-house marketing, PR and social media teams.”
The 2016 P1 SuperStock race season will commence in Scarborough in mid-May and include Grand Prix of the Sea events in Scotland, Wales and on the south coast.