Exciting action on Oulton Broad as conditions make it interesting for racers

PUBLISHED: 10:48 26 May 2017

Brett Duncan racing in the Redex Challenge and Norman Archer Memorial Trophy. Picture: Paul Breach

Brett Duncan racing in the Redex Challenge and Norman Archer Memorial Trophy. Picture: Paul Breach

Paul Breach

High water level on Oulton Broad combined with wind direction produced choppy conditions that effected all classes of racing last week.

The conditions produced some outstanding performances as drivers used all their experience, skipping their boats over the wave tops around the circuit.

The resurgence in hydroplane racing once again saw 10 boats on the pit pontoon. After a lively start racing stopped as the rescue boats moved in to the top buoy to recover Brad Holman, who had nosedived as he lined up to take the turn. Safely returned to the shore, he received a medical check and was able to join his crew at the slipway where the sinking boat had been taken.

The re-run of the first heat, together with the second and third, saw a different boat take first place each time. The competition heated up and spectators were treated to hydroplane racing at it’s best, from the country’s top drivers.

The Redex Challenge & Norman Archer Memorial Trophy was lifted by Sean Woods, only 17 points in front of Brian Shulver.

Sportsboat numbers were swelled by the new Formula Four of Sam Whittle, who had travelled up for the evening from the south coast, prior to racing in European Championships in Finland. Even these larger boats were feeling the lumpy conditions with Peter Rix probably most suited in his monohull.

Having seemingly found a reliable engine at last, Brian Block put up a really good performance and took the Redex Perpetual Trophy, just 32 points in front of the Whittle with Ray Birnie chasing hard into third.

The Junior GT15 class saw all three regulars out on the course while the GT30s had just the up and coming Jayme Speller out for the evening, able to enjoy chasing the slower boats from her later Handicap start and Thomas Mantripp chasing her for a change.

The Reedham Ferry Trophy was presented, as were all the evening’s prizes, by David Archer of Reedham Ferry. Jessica Haylock took a well deserved first place, with Speller second and Joseph Haylock third.

The Mark Rix award for the overall driver of the evening went deservedly, to the GT15 driver Haylock, much to the pride of her family.

The Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday events at Oulton Broad gets under way from 12 noon.

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