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PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:30 05 July 2010

NEAR perfect conditions on a warm May evening, ensured a good entry and some high speed powerboat racing at Oulton Broad.

In a slick programme Lowestoft & Oulton Broad Motor Boat Club staged twelve races in less than three hours.

NEAR perfect conditions on a warm May evening, ensured a good entry and some high speed powerboat racing at Oulton Broad.

In a slick programme Lowestoft & Oulton Broad Motor Boat Club staged twelve races in less than three hours.

The juniors kicked off with Craig Jude and Jamie Block having a lap start over James Bowman from scratch position.

It was Block in the Fugitive who raced home to the first 400 points from Jude in his Poll craft.

It was the smart blue boat of 'Tricky Ricky' who took the second heat win from the 'United Kingdom' boat of Block, with Jude third.

Block held off Rix in the final race to take the Shetland Shield with 1160 points compared to the 1022 points of Rix.

Eight catamarans signed on for their three races of nine laps over the two thirds of a mile course.

Ron Addison made his first appearance of the season with the Formula 2, and Robin Day had his F3 Evinrude/Hung ASV motoring sweetly after his problems last week.

But Nigel Whitlam screamed past everybody to take the first 400 points win.

Ray Read in his Formula 4 came home second ahead of Tim Lewis F4, with Day fourth.

The second race went to Day from Whitlam with Read third.

Whitlam now headed the score sheet, but a mistake at a buoy in the final race, gave him a one lap penalty. The finish was close, with Read hanging on to victory on the line from Day and Lewis.

The Bees Roofing Trophy ended up in the hands of Read with 1084 points. Day and Whitlam shared second place with 1052 points each.

The hydroplanes put on a terrific show, Keith McVaigh in the 500 c.c. prop rider motored swiftly to the first win.

Craig Speller motored to the 400 points in heat 2 from Julian Codling who finished ahead of Mike Pacey with Stuart Grieve chasing hard.

David Jones after problems in the first two races completed the third heat, but it was the Yamato powered New Ace of Speller who collected the final from Pacey ensuring he took home the magnificent Daily Mirror Individual Handicap Trophy with 895 points.

The monohulls concluded the race programme, with a great scrap in heat one between Peter Mantripp's 90 hp Yamaha and Daniel Drake's 70 hp Yamaha from the back of the field.

Drake took the win from Mantripp with Adam Shearing third.

Mantripp powered to two heat wins in races two and three to take the Anglian Tanks and Vessels Trophy with 1160 points.

Adam Shearing collected 1008 points to come home second ahead of David Brett 976 points.

Racing now continues each Thursday evening, through until August starting at 6pm.

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