Date: Mon 05 Sep 2016

Coleman’s crowned 2016 P1 SuperStock UK champions

The 2016 P1 SuperStock UK champions are Pertemps Network. That’s a sentence Sam and Daisy Coleman will have been dreaming of hearing as they entered the new race season back in May as an all-new brother-sister partnership in the Pertemps P1 Panther.

The Welsh duo have been racing for several years but teamed up at the beginning of the year for their first crack at the P1 SuperStock championship and it took them no time at all to settle in, winning three rounds out of five to comfortably clinch the championship title from Quantum Racing.

Pertemps won two of the five rounds in the 2016 season

Pertemps won two of the five rounds in the 2016 season

Daisy, who has raced in both the UK and US series and is one of the most experienced navigators out there having served her apprenticeship alongside former P1 SuperStock champion John Wilson, started racing in 2012 but had never lifted the title before this season.

Her brother Sam, on the other hand, was team manager for Pertemps for the last three years and raced in a couple of P1 events last season before joining Daisy in the cockpit following the retirement of Wilson. Despite a lack of experience in powerboat racing, Sam is no stranger to motorsport competition having raced in motocross from a young age and continues to compete in national Ironman triathlons.

Having spent the off-season training with multiple powerboat racing champion Neil Holmes, the team entered the 2016 season fully prepared for a launch at the title. They showed exactly that with a strong performance at the opening round of the season in Scarborough to tie points with round winners Quantum Racing in what would be the first of several close battles with rivals Kevin Burdock and John Donnelly.

If that wasn’t enough, the pair laid down their strong title claims with three back-to-back victories in Scotland to take a clear lead in the series, and an incident between Quantum and Rawbank Racing allowed them to open up a comfortable gap heading into Gosport.

Round three in Gosport was perhaps their most disappointing of the season, which is a credit to their exceptional performance over the season as they took just one victory from four and still finished second on the podium. Experience Kissimmee announced themselves as serious title challengers in Gosport with their first ever Grand Prix of the Sea weekend victory lifting them to second in the championship.

It was Cardiff’s unique conditions, in which the teams race in heats of three and four boats, that proved to be the crucial round of the season as the Experience Kissimmee crew of Neil and Jason Jackson could only manage fifth place to virtually hand the title to Pertemps barring mechanical issues in Bournemouth. Pertemps finished second at the end of the weekend’s racing by just three points as Quantum Racing put behind them a previous defeat in the heats to win a thrilling Super Final in front of a bumper crowd in Cardiff Bay.

The events in Cardiff left Pertemps with a lead of 39 points over Quantum Racing heading into the Grand Finale on the Dorset coast, effectively meaning they had only to score points in each of the races to clinch the title. Sam and Daisy didn’t let up, however, and romped to a second overall victory in some style, winning two of the three races completed across the weekend. Their Bournemouth triumph left them a whopping 47 points clear of Quantum having taken a total of 335 points across the season from a possible 380.

Speaking after the podium presentations in Bournemouth, Daisy said the result was a testament to the work they had put in as a team.

“It just goes to show that the hard work and commitment we've given to training, testing and improving has paid off. We've looked after the boat and she's looked after us. It’s truly been a rollercoaster of emotions and without the support of our family, Sam's long-suffering girlfriend and our sponsors we wouldn't have been able to do it.

“But the biggest thanks goes to our team manager and mentor John Wilson, this championship was won in John's honour after being so close for the last three years... we finally did it!”

Sam, meanwhile, is already looking ahead to next season and is confident of coming back event stronger to defend their crown.

“What a way to clinch it! We took it easy Saturday to make sure we kept the points ticking over and on Sunday we wanted to sign off in style. I'm still learning every time we get on the water and this is just the beginning. We'll work hard over the winter with John Wilson, Neil Holmes and the team to make sure we continue to improve.”

John Wilson was quick to praise the duo for their amazing performance across the 2016 race season: “It has been a real pleasure to work with Sam and Daisy over the last four years. Their hard work and commitment to building their skills and expertise in the boat is a great example of what it takes to achieve this level of success. We always take time to debrief after each event and often, when the schedule allows, between each race, to build on successes and learn from any mistakes. They have worked tirelessly to build sponsorship support and we cannot let this moment pass without a big thank you to all the Coleman Racing team family, friends and sponsors but a special mention must go to Pertemps Network for their enthusiasm and support over the last six years.

“It seems a long time since 2011 when we first won the P1 Superstock Championship in Pertemps Network colours” added Wilson “and we have experienced some highs and lows since then so to win the championship this year with Sam and Daisy taking charge of the boat for the first time is very special indeed.”

Pertemps Network were delighted with the result, as you would expect, having supported the team through thick and thin for six years.

“Pertemps is proud to be the official sponsor of this phenomenal sibling team whose achievements have gone from strength to strength throughout the season. We truly believe that winning the P1 SuperStock championships is only the beginning of a great journey for them.”

Pertemps Network will be officially crowned 2016 champions at the P1 annual awards dinner later this year.

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