Date: Wed 11 Nov 2015

P1 SuperStock UK celebrates 2015 champions and announces 2016 race calendar

The P1 UK Annual Awards dinner tonight at the Kia Oval was the venue for the announcement of the 2016 P1 SuperStock UK race calendar

The P1 Panthers set off for the start of the 2015 P1 Bournemouth Grand Prix of the Sea

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

Pertemps' John Wilson, with navigator Daisy Coleman

The Spirit of P1 Award

is presented annually to acknowledge an outstanding contribution to the sport and the 2015 recipient was veteran racer, John Wilson. “Since 2011, John has raced in 23 P1 SuperStock events, 73 individual races and has amassed a rather remarkable 939 points. And that points haul excludes his 2010 season before he stepped up into a Panther as well as his remarkable victory at the final round of the US season last month in Florida. In 2011 he won the inaugural P1 SuperStock Championship with a masterclass of driving the new boat. He followed this up with three third places between 2012 and 2014 and narrowly missed out on a second championship win this season. Throughout his career John has pushed the limits, respected the rules and been a true ambassador for P1, his sponsors and the sport as a whole,” said Wicks.

“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:

3rd Place – Vincent and Jade Berridge

“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.”

2nd Place – John Wilson and Daisy Coleman

“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

Nick Williams and Martin Robinson's Flying Panther win the 2015 P1 SuperStock championship

1st Place – Nick Williams and Martin Robinson

“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!

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