Date: Thu 06 Aug 2015

New faces fly the flag for Wales

Welshman Sam Coleman makes his P1 SuperStock racing debut in Hull this weekend at the wheel of the Visit Wales boat

Visit Wales head home for Round 4 of the 2015 P1 SuperStock season

Visit Wales head home for Round 4 of the 2015 P1 SuperStock season

A back injury to regular Visit Wales pilot Vince Berridge has given Sam Coleman an unexpected opportunity to launch his powerboat racing career at the P1 Hull Grand Prix of the Sea this weekend. Sam is no stranger to the P1 SuperStock series, having been team manager for Pertemps Racing for two years, and he will have experienced racer Will Nurse alongside him to navigate the challenging waters of the Humber Estuary.

31-year-old Sam has raced motocross and was introduced to powerboat racing in 2013 by his sister Daisy, who partners the wily John Wilson in the Pertemps boat. “I’ll have plenty of time to talk tactics with my sister as we make the long drive to Hull together, and I will obviously be looking to John for advice and encouragement even though we’ll be competing against each other” explained Sam. Sam’s long journey to Humberside will start from his home in Pembrokeshire, where he manages his parents’ hotel, and he will have an interesting and demanding weekend as he combines his team manager and driver roles.

Speaking from the P1 Race Centre at Hull Marina today, P1 chief operating officer Robert Wicks said: “Sam has just completed his race training with Neil Holmes and I hear good things about his ability and attitude. He certainly won’t be lacking when it comes to fitness as he regularly competes in Ironman Triathlons. This opportunity to drive in P1 has come out of the blue but I know Sam will grab it with both hands, and having Will Nurse in the cockpit will be give him added confidence.”

As he prepared to set off for Southampton to pick up the Visit Wales boat, Sam commented: “As a Welshman I couldn’t ask for a better boat to drive. I want to do well for my country and earn some championship points for Vince to put a smile on his face as he recovers at home.”

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