The Arthur J Gallagher powerboat gets a severe amount of air time
Powerboat racer Dave Taft meeting the locals
I was really gutted to have to miss Scarborough, so am absolutely delighted to be back racing at Greenock for Arthur J Gallagher. With no one team dominating Scarborough, and only 3 heats, scores are low going to Greenock. With six heats in Scotland there is huge opportunity to stamp your mark on the championship.
I think the inaugural Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea is going to be the race of the season, with all teams pushing hard for victory.
It's highly unlikely that we'll see boat, and crew, breaking conditions like we saw in Scarborough, but a bit of chop would be nice to get some air under the boats. Whatever the conditions the crowds will be treated to some great racing. Reliability and consistency are key. Those who manage to complete all six heats, with top 6 finishes or better in each, will stand a good chance of making the podium. The podium is where I want to be in Scotland, but so do all the other crews.
It's hard to say who the team to beat is. Hopefully it will be Gallagher, but it really could be any one of the entire fleet. In my opinion, Pickford's are a great team. Dave Hobson is probably the hardest and fairest driver I have ever raced against. Coupled with Martin Robinson, the reigning P1 champion navigator, they should be at the front. Vin Burdock and John Donelly definitely have a quick boat, and Sam Coleman and Daisy Coleman proved themselves well in Scarborough. Of the new crews, my old team mates Glynn Norvall and Lee Norvall had a fantastic debut at Scarborough in Help for Heroes, and I was also impressed with Kissimmee in the first heat.
Obviously, Inverclyde will be gunning for success at their home event and showed last time out that they have speed and confidence.