The P1 Panthers set off for the start of the 2015 P1 Bournemouth Grand Prix of the Sea
Saturday night : Live from London. The famous Oval cricket ground is the venue this evening for the P1 UK Annual Awards Dinner, attended by more than 150 competitors, sponsors, venue partners and suppliers to see the 2015 P1 SuperStock and AquaX champions crowned and some special awards being presented.
The evening began with the P1 SuperStock 2016 provisional race calendar being unveiled:
14-15 May, Scarborough – Yorkshire Grand Prix of the Sea
18-19 June, Greenock – Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea
09-10 July, Gosport – English Grand Prix of the Sea
28-29 August, Cardiff – Welsh Grand Prix of the Sea
3/4 or 10/11 September, Bournemouth – Grand Finale
P1 Chief Operating Office, Robert Wicks then announced the winners of the special awards:
Rookie of the Year was awarded to Kevin Burdock. “Back in late 2014 Kevin was prospective racer who was asking all the right questions but was a long, long way off making a reality of going racing in 2015,” said Wicks. “As perhaps expected, the year was not a smooth one and Kevin faced several challenges. But ultimately his resilience, attention to detail and tenacity shone through and no matter how deep the hole, Kevin found a way to bounce back, and this ultimately translated into a thoroughly deserved, if rather unexpected, podium finish in Gosport as well as the respect and admiration of his peers,” added Wicks.
Pertemps' John Wilson, with navigator Daisy Coleman
“I am truly humbled and honoured to receive this award,” said an emotional Wilson. The Spirit Trophy – a striking bronze race boat sculpture – was presented by P1 Chairman Asif Rangoonwala. “John is fully deserving of this award. He has fought back from both injury and illness, pushed the limits and finished his career as a champion,” said Rangoonwala.
The awards for the top three places in the overall P1 SuperStock championship standings went to:
“This father-and-daughter pairing drove consistently all season, with the one exception of the race in Hull which they had to miss after Vince injured himself in the chaos that was Gosport. A helping hand from the impressive Sam Coleman and Will Nurse saw the boat through the third race of the season before this popular duo returned for racing in Cardiff and Bournemouth,” said Wicks. A delighted Vince told guests: “It was an up and down season, but it ended on a great note. Finishing third in the championship is way beyond our expectations.”
“A fourth position in Scarborough, a win and the championship lead after the round in Gosport, third place in Hull, an unfortunate coming together in Cardiff Bay which saw them lose first place, and an amazing win in brutal conditions at the final round in Bournemouth saw John and Daisy narrowly beaten into second place, just 6 points behind the eventual winners,” said Wicks.
Nick Williams and Martin Robinson's Flying Panther win the 2015 P1 SuperStock championship
“Four years in the making and based on some gritty performances throughout 2015 saw this pair claim the top prize. In Martin Robinson one has an outstanding navigator and Nick Williams is a classy and determined driver, but also a very humble and generous individual. Together, they are deserving winners,” said Wicks. A jubilant Williams responded: “It was a tough season, often racing in harsh sea conditions, but with team work, a great boat, racing experience and a bit of luck along the way we’ve achieved something special.”
The awards ceremony has just finished…but the evening continues!