Date: Thu 01 Sep 2016

Bumper crowds flock to The Bay for P1 Welsh Grand Prix of the Sea

Bank Holiday sunshine and a packed programme of sport and entertainment on sea and land attracted tens of thousands of locals and visitors to Cardiff Bay for the return of P1 powerboat and jet ski racing for a third year

Visit Wales on home turf as they cruise around Cardiff Bay

Visit Wales on home turf as they cruise around Cardiff Bay

The Welsh capital hosted the penultimate round of the P1 SuperStock and AquaX national championships over the holiday weekend and a crowd estimated at more than 60,000 lined the waterfront as the P1 fleet of ten race boats and more than forty jet ski riders – together with spectacular hydroflight and jet ski freestyle displays - served up two days of free-to-watch action.

Looking back on the flagship event, which is the result of a partnership between the Welsh Government and Powerboat P1 aimed at promoting Wales at a regional and international level to encourage increased tourism to boost the local economy, P1 chief operating officer Robert Wicks said: “With its stadium-like setting and great facilities, Cardiff Bay provides an outstanding race venue. The partnership with the Harbour Festival enables us to deliver a feast of sporting entertainment and a wide range of activities for the whole family. Our high-speed racing has become a ‘must see’ event over the bank holiday.”

Huge crowds flocked to Cardiff Bay to watch the racing

Huge crowds flocked to Cardiff Bay to watch the racing

On the water, the driver-navigator duo of Kevin Burdock and John Donnelly in the Quantum Racing boat excelled in the flat conditions of the Bay to lift the P1 Welsh Grand Prix of the Sea crown and move up to second place in the UK championship. Still leading the table are the brother and sister crew of Sam and Daisy Coleman from Pembrokeshire in the Pertemps Network boat, who will take a 39 points lead into the final round of the season in Bournemouth this weekend.

In the P1 AquaX Enduro 300 class, current championship leader Phil Pope already has one hand firmly on the UK title with a 40 points lead over second place Joe Harvey. Pope is the reigning champion and has won nine races in a row, so Harvey may well turn his focus to holding on to second spot where he has only a slender lead over Khris Leach in third place.

Highlights of the P1 Welsh Grand Prix of the Sea will be shown on Sky Sports UK on 14 September, Motors TV across Europe the following day and the Nautical Channel internationally on 20 October.

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