Another exciting evening of racing on Oulton Broad
PUBLISHED: 03:53 04 August 2017
There was another evening of entertaining racing at Oulton Broad with the water surface described as lumpy as the seven Junior GTs signed in.
Joel Tibbenham made his first tentative moves onto the water in the club’s training GT15, guided around the course by Joseph Haylock, only to find the conditions unfavourable for a novice.
So, the racing commenced with six boats, the largest field in this class at club tacing level for many a year, there having been just one boat two seasons ago.
Joined by visiting driver Astra London they gave spectators a thrilling evening of exceptionally close action, bouncing over the water, the turn buoy and almost each other in a display of what is hoped to be the future of powerboat tacing at the venue.
Jayme Speller took second place, managing to hold off the vastly more experienced Thomas Mantripp but for the second week running, first place went to Joseph Haylock, whose consistent laps earned him the Ocean Rooms Trophy.
In the Sportsboats Tim Lewis was hit by gremlins but he was able to complete the meeting, joining the Cherrylodge Monohull of Peter Rix which seemed to suit the conditions, giving him first place and the Girls Venture Corps Trophy. The Catamarans of Ray Birnie and Brian Block less, suited to the water, took second and third places.
The Hydroplane class had the pit pontoon jammed to capacity with 10 boats signed in for another evening at the spiritual home of this class of racing.
Bexley Nunn made yet another appearance but plagued by problems was only able to compete in one heat. Many of the drivers had difficulties as they turned into the back straight with the wind against them, digging into the waves.
Gentleman’s Club’s Nigel Stopforth had to have a piston fitted to his 175cc racing engine, finishing the evening with a mystery problem,
Despite the conditions and difficult handicaps a good evening’s racing entertained spectators and saw Brett Duncan take third place and, with a return to form, BFS’s Jason Mantripp was in second place.
The prestigious Daily Mirror Individual Handicap Trophy was lifted by Scott Builders’ Karon Jude, a well-deserved win for the rookie driver who was also nominated driver of the evening.