Date: Sat 18 Jun 2016

P1 racing delights Scottish crowd

A crowd estimated to be in excess of 20,000 lined the Greenock Esplanade on the opening day of the first ever P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea to enjoy a jam-packed racing schedule.

Bright sunshine, a stunning backdrop of the Argyll hills and the calm waters of the river Clyde provided a perfect setting for a double bill of SuperStock powerboat racing and AquaX jetski action as racers and riders battled for points in round two of the UK championships.

The mile stretch of the Esplanade featured over 30 trade stands as part of the Inverclyde Showcase highlighting tourism-related businesses in the Inverclyde area.

After three SuperStock races It was the brother and sister duo of Sam and Daisy Coleman who took the honours, to the delight of their exuberant sponsors Pertemps, leaving them contemplating a Grand Prix victory and first place in the overall championship standings.

Experience Kissimmee, competing in only their second round of the P1 SuperStock championship, grabbed a second place finish overall, closely followed by Pickfords. Strong local support for the Spirit of Inverclyde team pushed them to a respectable fourth, whilst Rawbank and Quantum Racing both suffered setbacks in the final race of the day to slip down the standings.

In the AquaX 300 class Phil Pope continued his dominance from round one to land the spoils in the only race of the first day in Greenock. He came out on top in a great battle with Russell Marmon as Kris Leach filled the podium spaces and world ranked no.1 Eric Francis was forced to retire following issues with his ski.

Another full house is expected in Greenock tomorrow with the on-water action set to kick off at 10.30am.

1) Pertemps
2) Experience Kissimmee
3) Pickfords
4) Spirit of Inverclyde
5) Quantum Racing
6) E Marine Racing
7) Rawbank Racing
8) Typhoo
9) Southstreet
10) Arthur J Gallagher
11) Visit Wales

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