Date: Tue 29 Mar 2016

Greenock to host inaugural P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea

P1 will be making its very first visit to Scotland this summer, with a double bill of powerboat racing and jet ski action on the River Clyde on 18 & 19 June.

The P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea, co-hosted by Inverclyde Council and Riverside Inverclyde, will deliver a weekend of thrilling marine motorsport, with a fleet of P1 Panther race boats and around 40 jet skis competing in the P1 SuperStock and AquaX UK championships. The 2-mile race course will be close-to-shore at Greenock’s Esplanade, making it ideal for spectators to catch all the race action. The Esplanade will be closed to traffic and transformed into the Inverclyde Showcase, with exhibition stands and marquees showing off the best of the areas tourism-related businesses, including leisure activities, visitor attractions, food and drink, and accommodation.

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said: “This major event will attract thousands of sports fans to Inverclyde, an area with a rich maritime history. Visitors are guaranteed a friendly welcome and the event is expected to bring significant benefits to the local economy. The River Clyde will provide a magnificent backdrop for the racing.”

The Friday of the race weekend will see the powerboat teams and jet ski riders arriving to begin their preparations and familiarise themselves with the race location and conditions. On Saturday the racing will get underway, together with jet ski freestyle displays and hydroflight performances, and there will be more action on Sunday to determine the Grand Prix of the Sea winners in all the classes. The event will conclude with trophy presentations and champagne celebrations on the podium.

Flying the flag for Inverclyde and Scotland in the P1 SuperStock series will be local racers Gordon Wicklow and Dino Zavaroni in the 28ft ‘Spirit of Inverclyde’ powerboat. They will compete in all five championship rounds, kicking off in Scarborough in mid-May and then moving on to Gosport, Cardiff and Bournemouth after the Scottish event. In addition to the crowds watching the racing in Greenock, the Inverclyde event will be broadcast on Sky Sports and Motors TV in the UK and internationally to more than 100 countries.

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