Powerboat P1 World Championship in Malta

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OSG, the Italian boat of Giancarlo Cangiano and Giovanni Carpitella, won the opening Grand Prix of the Powerboat P1 World Championship in Malta in a race that will long be remembered for high seas and unforgiving race conditions. Normally contested over two legs, dangerous sea conditions forced the cancellation of today’s race and yesterdays first round results stand, with Wettpunkt.com in second and Kiton in third.

Although the Italian craft of Fainplast had crossed the line first in the Evolution Class, a protest was lodged and subsequently upheld that the Metamarine boat had missed a course buoy during the race. It resulted in disqualification.

Powerboat P1 World Championship in Malta

In SuperSport, the result was much more decisive after an emphatic Round the Island performance by the British husband and wife team of Mike Shelton and Jackie Hunt, despite waves of over 5metres high. For many of the highly experienced seafaring racers, these were the worst conditions ever experienced, making the clear-cut win in Extremeboat, powered by Mercury Engines, even more impressive.

It was not without some relief to the battered and bruised boats and bodies that today’s event was cancelled. Malta loves its P1 and the crowds respond in their tens of thousands. However, any initial disappointment for the large crowds was short lived when the organisers, in close co-operation with the Maltese Armed Forces and Civil Protection, created a time trial event within the stunning ’Fortress of the Mediterranean’ Grand Harbour, Valletta. This impromptu initiative, though not counting towards the Championship, was won by ExtremeBoat in SuperSport and in Evolution by the Outerlimits Powerboats team. The high speeds generated across the waters of the harbour by the all-American outfit will serve as a timely reminder, if one was needed, that Joe Sgro and Mike Fiore are not in Europe just to make up the numbers.

Powerboat P1 World Championship in Malta

Grand Prix of the Sea - Results


Evolution Class

Pos.

Boat Name

Nationality

Points

1

OSG Racing

Italian

80

2

Wettpunkt.com

Austrian

60

3

Kiton

Italian

50

 

Outerlimits

American

DNF

 

Fainplast

Italian

DQF


Powerboat P1 World Championship in Malta

SuperSport

Pos.

Boat Name

Nationality

Points

1

Extremeboat

British

100

2

Roscioli Hotels Roma

Italian

80

3

Buzzi Bullet

British

60

4

Chaudron

Maltese

50

5

Team Sunseeker

British

40

6

Marex

British

30

 

Carpenter

Italian

DNF

 

VoomVoom.com

British

DNF

 

Sun Lik Beer

Chinese

DNF


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