In the P1 AquaX jet ski series, two local riders – Adrian Wilson and Harry Robinson – will be flying the flag for Hull. Adrian currently leads the 250 Class after an outstanding start to the season in Scarborough with a hat-trick of victories, and 14-year-old Harry is out front in the Rookie Ski Class.
P1 chief operating officer Robert Wicks explains: “The race course this weekend will be in a similar location to last year and much of the action will be right in front of the marina. Spectators should make the marina their first point of call to see the race boats and jet skis being prepared for battle on the Humber. The race course itself will be in full view from the promenade at the marina.”
In the P1 SuperStock championship, local powerboat driver Dave Taft is hoping that the huge crowds expected to line the waterfront for this weekend’s P1 powerboat and jet ski racing will spur him on to achieve a place on the podium on Sunday afternoon. Speaking from his home in Anlaby, Dave said: “I can’t wat to get back on the Humber and build on the second and third place finishes in the last championship round in Gosport. We always get big crowds here and I’m aiming to put on a great show for them.”
This will be the fifth successive year that the P1 fleet of eleven SuperStock race boats and more than thirty jet ski riders has raced in Hull, and they will be greeted by the Lord Mayor at a reception at the marina on Friday evening.
Dave and his fellow Anlaby resident and close friend, Gavin Feldt were team-mates last year in the ‘Hull Speed Ahead’ boat, but they have joined different teams this year. Gavin has had an excellent start to the season as navigator in the locally-sponsored Allam Marine boat, which goes into the third round of the five-venue race series in second place in the table. “Racing in my home town last year was a real honour, but to come back this season racing under the banner of a local company is very special” commented Gavin. “I am both nervous and excited about this weekend. The aim will be to perform consistently in the three races. Over the last four years the people of Hull have really enjoyed the P1 racing and I’m sure the Grand Prix will again attract thousands of spectators.”
Action gets underway on the water at 11.30am on Saturday and 12.30pm on Sunday.