For the first time since the SuperStock series was launched in the UK in 2011, there will be no racing on British waters next year with promoter P1 focusing its efforts on developing the USA championship and its two jet ski series - AquaX and Jetcross - in 2018.
Attention will turn to the United States where a 20-race season is planned once again with the prospect of even more teams set to compete than in 2017.
There are also plans to continue to develop the sport in Asia, where the successful UIM P1 SuperStock World Championship took place for the very first time in India in March.
UK Managing Director, Robert Wicks, said: “P1 SuperStock has enjoyed seven great years in the UK but our focus needs to switch to new markets as the business evolves. The ongoing uncertainty in offshore powerboat racing in the UK has also contributed to this decision.
“On the flip side, the Mumbai event earlier this year introduced the sport to a huge new audience on the sub-continent and the nine hours of live television broadcasting and extensive media coverage played a considerable role in taking powerboat racing to the next level. International development is very much part of our SuperStock planning for the future.”
Speaking from P1’s office in Orlando, USA Managing Director, Azam Rangoonwala explained: “We will continue to serve up a double bill of powerboat and jet ski racing in 2018 and are greatly encouraged by increased commercial support and rising competitor numbers.
“Our race series will benefit from a combination of existing television coverage and increased live streaming and, before then, we have the first ever P1 AquaX World Championship to look forward to in Key West in December.”
The P1 AquaX series will continue to run in the UK in 2018.
P1 will stage its 2017 UK Annual Awards Dinner at Mercedes-Benz World near Weybridge on 11th November.