Date: Sat 24 Jun 2017

Milford Waterfront secure first victory in testing conditions on Greenock return

Fierce winds and squally rain greeted the P1 SuperStock teams on their return to the River Clyde for the opening day of the second ever P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea.

Thousands of spectators once again lined Greenock Esplanade despite the inclement weather to enjoy some outstanding powerboat racing.

However, unlike last year, when atrocious weather put paid to racing on the second day, the hugely changeable conditions produced some thrilling racing to leave the 2017 UK SuperStock Championship wide open.

After finishing tied for third at the opening round in Aalborg, Denmark earlier this month, the Milford Waterfront duo of Charles Morris and Andrew Foster went one better to claim their first ever SuperStock victory with a masterly performance in race two.

They lead from start to finish but it was not all plain sailing as Experience Kissimmee looked to have the speed to overtake with just two corners remaining on the white flag lap.

However, an error by the Kissimmee team of Neil and Jason Jackson saw them throw away a chance at victory as they missed the penultimate buoy and handed their rivals their first ever win.

Milford Waterfront will have to share the overnight lead after reigning UK and world champions Pertemps Network landed the spoils in the opening race of the weekend in yet another tight tussle with Kissimmee.

The two Panthers crossed the line with less than a second between them as pit lap tactics played a crucial part in deciding the outcome of both races.

Platinum Products, who came into the weekend as championship leaders after taking maximum points in Denmark, were winless but stay within touching distance of the top two after recording second and third place finishes.

It was a consistent start to the weekend for home favourites Spirit of Inverclyde as Dave and Ashleigh Finlayson took 27 points, which will see them head into tomorrow’s racing with a shout of a podium finish back in fifth.

Pickfords, Typhoo and Arthur J Gallagher filled the remaining positions with South Street unable to take part in Saturday’s action.

Less challenging conditions are expected on the Clyde tomorrow as P1 gets set to stage its 500th race since hosting its first event in 2003.

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