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Powerboats to roar in Lowestoft again

PUBLISHED: 08:23 07 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 05 July 2010

BACK with a bang … Lowestoft is in a prime position to deliver another four-day land, sea and air spectacular next year.

The Journal can today exclusively reveal that the Honda Formula 4 Stroke championships look set to return for a third year in 2009 - bringing with it a major economic boost to the town.

BACK with a bang … Lowestoft is in a prime position to deliver another four-day land, sea and air spectacular next year.

The Journal can today exclusively reveal that the Honda Formula 4 Stroke championships look set to return for a third year in 2009 - bringing with it a major economic boost to the town.

With over half a million people descending on Lowestoft for the seafront air festival, powerboating championships and Eastern Lights Motorcycle Cavalcade this year, hopes are now high that this stunning figure could be matched and even topped in 2009.

The Air Show is already confirmed as being held on Thursday and Friday, July 23 and 24, next year - and while tourism bosses and air festival organisers hadn't as yet received “formal confirmation” from Honda they were expecting an imminent decision.

However, The Journal has learned that the 2009 series will return to Lowestoft once more - with powerboating thrills and spills set to take centre stage on July 25/26.

Last year, the Honda Formula 4-Stroke Powerboat Series - the largest off-shore powerboat championship in the world - descended on Torquay, Plymouth, Lowestoft, Liverpool and the Isle of Man.

And this week, Katie Ashworth, event co-ordinator for the races told The Journal: “The 2009 calendar dates are May 9/10 - Pwllheli, June 27/28 - Jersey, July 25/26 - Lowestoft, August 22/23 - Plymouth and September 19/20 - Isle of Man.”

Although this has not even been announced on the official Formula 4 Stroke Association website, it looks as though there will be two new venues on the powerboating circuit for next year.

When told the good news this week by The Journal, Paul Bayfield managing director of the team behind the air show yesterday said: “This is great news - it's going to be another four-day spectacular next year. This will be a real boost for the town.”

Talks between the air show team, Waveney District Council and Honda had been held recently and formal confirmation was expected soon.

A council spokesman said: “Waveney and the air show have both had positive initial talks with Honda regarding the 2009 event, we are expecting an announcement from Honda within the next two weeks.”

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