Date: Mon 21 Mar 2016

Scarborough to host the 2016 P1 Dale Power Solutions Yorkshire Grand Prix of the Sea

Powerboat and jet ski racing returns to South Bay in May to open the P1 race season

Following the success of the inaugural P1 race event in Scarborough in May last year, the world’s leading marine motorsport brand has announced that it will again head to the North Yorkshire coast for the opening round of its 2016 season, with the event carrying the name of the P1 Yorkshire Grand Prix of the Sea.

The double bill of P1 SuperStock powerboat racing and AquaX jet ski action will provide a weekend of free-to-watch sporting entertainment at South Bay on 14/15 May. Dale Power Solutions, the UK power protection and business continuity solutions company based in Scarborough, will again be on board as the title sponsor. Joining Dale Power Solutions as an event sponsor will be another Yorkshire-based company, Dalby Offshore, a leading operator in the offshore shipping industry.

“Scarborough offers first class facilities and attractions and proved to be a superb location to launch our 2015 season” said P1 chief operating officer Robert Wicks. “With its historic harbour and castle headland, the geography of South Bay offers us a natural amphitheatre for racing and for spectators to view all the action and we are working with our partners, sponsors and local businesses to make this year’s event an even better spectacle and to attract more visitors to the borough and boost the local economy.”

Dale Power Solutions CEO, Tim Wilkins is delighted to be renewing the company’s title sponsorship: “The atmosphere last year was fantastic and the event was a tremendous advertisement for our company as we celebrated our 80th anniversary. It enabled us to showcase our brand, engage with new audiences and bring key clients from around the UK to our headquarters in Scarborough.”

Janet Deacon, Area Director at Welcome to Yorkshire, added: “We are delighted that Dale Power Solutions has agreed to be the headline sponsor of the event again. Having such a reputable, award-winning company contribute to growing the visitor economy is fantastic. Last year’s event proved to be a great success and we are confident that the 2016 race weekend will be even better.”

The 2016 P1 national championships will again see powerboat teams and jet ski riders compete at five venues around the country – Greenock on the River Clyde, Gosport and Bournemouth on the south coast and Cardiff Bay - with more than 150,000 spectators enjoying the two-day events and all the action broadcast on Sky Sports and to an international audience in more than 100 countries.

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