With choppy seas to tackle, several teams suffered setbacks on the water as racing began and it was surprisingly the new teams to the championship that excelled. E Marine Racing and Experience Kissimmee both fought hard for their first ever wins in the championship, putting a real spanner in the works, as the top teams all fell towards the middle or back of the pack.
The opening race saw Rawbank, who had Arran Scott in the driver’s seat for the injured Stuart Cureton, fly out of the blocks before a mechanical issue saw them drop right back through the field leaving them to limp round. Quantum Racing took over but soon dropped back as E Marine Racing, Experience Kissimmee and Inverclyde battled it out for valuable points. And it was Inverclyde who held on from the slow starting but fast finishing Experience Kissimmee with E Marine in third.
However, post-race penalties were handed out to both of the top two finishers, handing E Marine their first victory of the season and continue their consistent start to the season.
Conditions had settled by the time race two got underway and it was Experience Kissimmee who led Pertemps Network heading into the first corner. Inverclyde started to make their way into contention and at the halfway stage had reduced the gap to the leaders to just a couple of boat lengths. However, Kissimmee were able to hold off the challengers and, like Inverclyde had achieved in the first race, picked up their first ever P1 SuperStock victory.
There were more penalties handed out after race two, with Spirit of Inverclyde once again facing punishment, although this time they held onto their position because of the time gap between themselves and third placed Pertemps.
With rough weather expected on Sunday it will be a real test for all teams and a few more surprise results wouldn’t be out of the question.
Racing gets underway at 12.30 on Stokes Bay.