The hugely popular Honda Formula 4-Stroke Powerboat Series will celebrate its 75th round when the UK’s biggest and most competitive powerboat championship casts off close to Torquay’s rugged coastline this weekend (12-13 May).
After a seven-year absence, Torquay makes a welcome return to the 2007 HF4S calendar – not least as the fledgling series made its debut at the English Riviera resort on 29 May in 1999. This year it hosts the opening rounds of what promises to be another action packed offshore championship.
Thousands of people are expected to flock to Devon’s picturesque coastline to watch the thrilling races on Saturday and Sunday as competitors try to kick start the season in the best way possible. With nearly 40 boats battling it out across the two 150hp and 225hp classes, the competition has never been tougher.
“The 2007 series promises to be the best yet,” said Martin Sanders, General Manager, Honda UK Power Equipment. “When we launched the series in Torquay back in 1999 we had just one 130hp category and five boats in the competition. Now, eight successful years later, we are back in all our glory with an impressive fleet.”
Local competitors Tony Crossley and Mark Glanville are hoping to capitalize on their home advantage in their 150hp boat Delmar Group-Flooring.
“We are both really excited to be racing in Torquay. Last time we raced locally we scored first and second place finishes. We couldn’t be happier that the first race is taking place in Torquay and we really appreciate all the local support we have received,” said Crossley.
Torquay’s course lays tight to the shore to provide optimum viewing and the spectators will witness many exhilarating laps of top class racing. All are invited to the Grand Prize Giving on Sunday afternoon at 15.30pm.
Now 74 rounds after the Honda fleet’s first outing in Torquay, the achievements of the HF4S continue to astound. Popularity both with fans and competitors continues to grow year-on-year, with events all around the UK coastline attracting ever-increasing crowds. Honda Formula 4-Stroke really is the embodiment of Honda’s revered ‘Power of Dreams’ philosophy!
May 12-13: Torquay Grand Prix
June 16-17: Isle of Man Grand Prix
July 28-29: Lowestoft Grand Prix
August 25-26: Cowes Grand Prix
September 29-30: Liverpool Grand Prix