• Honda Formula 4-Stroke – Lowestoft Grand Prix

    Lowestoft Grand Prix
  • Lowestoft Grand Prix
  • Lowestoft Grand Prix
  • Lowestoft Grand Prix
  • Lowestoft Grand Prix
  • Lowestoft Grand Prix

Lowestoft’s golden beaches offered an ideal viewing point for 40,000 spectators to watch the world’s largest offshore powerboat series.

Featuring a long, fast straight which runs along the beachfront, the inaugural Honda Formula 4-Stroke race course thrilled both crowds and racers alike with close action racing across both series.

In an action packed 150hp race, Jerry McArthur and Jonny Twelvetrees put in another stunning performance in ‘Salcombe Racing’ to take the chequered flag for the second time this weekend. In an exciting battle for second place local boys David Cowley and Chris Jary in ‘Lings Racing’ wowed the crowds with a stunning last lap performance clinching the second podium place from Tom Plant and James Plant in ‘Quality Job’ on the very last corner.

Honda Formula 4-Stroke – Lowestoft Grand Prix
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Lowestoft Grand Prix

"It’s been a fantastic weekend,” said Cowley. “We had hoped for a slightly better start but we pushed hard from the word go. On lap seven I decided to race in clear water instead of trailing directly behind the Quality Job boys as it was obvious we weren’t making any ground on them, and it paid off. The last lap was amazing and the reaction from the crowd was fantastic.”

In an eventful 225hp race, Jack Glendinning and Simon Bucknall in ‘Airwaves Claygate’ made a great start snatching the lead from yesterday’s winners Nathan Libby and Gavin Parsonage in ‘Negotiator’. In a run down to the first corner, Darren Hook and David Harwood in ‘English Heritage Buildings’, who found themselves towards the front of the group, hit a rogue wave and rolled their boat – the marine equivalent of a spin-out – in the path of the oncoming fleet. Action continued until lap five when race organizers curtailed the race as a result of deteriorating sea conditions.

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Lowestoft Grand Prix

Powerboat racing like any form of motorsport encourages a competitive racing edge,” said Rory Power, Officer of the Day. “As officials we have to take responsibility and make decisions on behalf of the drivers’ safety. The sea conditions were great but sometimes the North Sea can be a bit too much, even for us.”

“It’s been a truly fantastic weekend of racing,” said Martin Sanders, General Manager, Honda (UK) Power Equipment. “This is the first time we’ve linked up with an event the size of the Lowestoft Air Festival and it’s been a great success. The last four days have offered visitors spectacular forms of entertainment on land, sea and air.”

From Lowestoft the series moves to Cowes, which forms part of The British Grand Prix of the sea, for the seventh and eight rounds of 2007 championship on 25/26 August.

HF4S 150 Class Championship table to date (points)
1. Salcombe Racing - 95
2. Premier Cru - 90
3. Lings Racing - 88
4. Cider Daze 150 - 78
5. Construction Racing - 67
6. Team Ebel - 63
7. Quality Job - 63
8. Alien - 44
9. Delmar Group - 43
10. Airwaves Claygate - 41
11. Locamotion - 40
12. Earls Court Boatshow - 33
13. Appgate Mermaid - 32
14. Team Purple - 31
15. X-pole - 27
16. Spirit Racing - 26
17. Mspace.co.uk - 21
18. Longshanks - 18
19. Neptune - 12

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Lowestoft Grand Prix

HF4S 225 Class Championship table to date (points)
1. Negotiator - 97
2. Airwaves Claygate - 75
3. Team Raymarine - 71
4. Salcombe Honda Specialists - 65
5. Don’t Panic - 60
6. English Heritage Buildings - 49
7. Gss Mermaid - 47
8. Cider Daze II - 44
9. Team Williams - 44
10. Vortigern - 37
11. Itv4 Fearless - 35
12. Claygate Bathrooms - 34
13. Buildbase - 29
14. Power Of Dreams Germany - 26
15. Scream-it.com - 21
16. Vector - 15
17. Delmar Surface Prep - 8
18. X-cite Powerboats - 0

Source: Honda Formula 4-Stroke

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