There will be a new look to the start line for tomorrow’s opening race of the 2016 P1 SuperStock UK Championship with new teams and racers beginning their quest for the national title which will see them compete in five rounds over the next four months.
The fleet of eleven P1 Panther race boats – together with more than twenty P1 AquaX jet ski riders - will assemble in Scarborough today in preparation for the Dale Power Solutions P1 Yorkshire Grand Prix of the Sea. Speaking at the P1 race centre in the town’s picturesque South Bay this morning, P1 chief operating officer Robert Wicks briefed the powerboat crews on the testing conditions they can expect this weekend, with a strong northerly wind creating choppy seas.
Flying the flag for Scotland in the race series, which will include a P1 Scottish Grand Prix on the River Clyde, will be newcomers Gordon Wicklow and Dino Zavaroni in the ‘Spirit of Inverclyde’ boat, whilst Welshmen Henry Morgan and Geraint Williams will be making their first appearance in the championship on board the ‘Visit Wales’ craft.
Brotherly love will be put to the test with Lee and Glynn Norvall and Neil and Jason Jackson teaming up in the ‘Help for Heroes’ and ‘Kissimmee’ respectively. “Sibling rivalry is often an important ingredient in sporting success” points out Wicks, “and it will be interesting to see if this enhances trust, communication and morale in the intensity of the cockpit.”
Two men from the world of music will be tuning up to do battle over the next two days. Award-winning songwriter and producer Chris Young will be alongside Arran Scott racing for Arthur J Gallagher, whilst Ian Brusby with have rookie navigator Andy Yeo with him in the South Street/Union Projects boat.
Official practice for the SuperStock crews will be at 11.15 tomorrow morning and the opening race will get underway at 12,30.