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Exciting racing on Oulton Broad entertains Bank Holiday crowd

PUBLISHED: 16:17 01 September 2017

Close racing in the GT Class at Oulton Broad. Picture: Fred Emeny.

Close racing in the GT Class at Oulton Broad. Picture: Fred Emeny.

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Supporting the Lowestoft Lions Gala day, Lowestoft and Oulton Broad MBC enjoyed a magnificent day of racing in superb weather, entertaining spectators into the early evening.

The GT Monohull Class featuring the club’s younger drivers and highlighted the endeavours to assist the stars of the future to enter the sport through a unique training programmme.

Bedfordshire driver Jamie Atlee was welcomed as well as local newcomers Thomas Lacey-Goodman and Abi Catchpole, both of whom took their courses on the day and were able to take part in the heats.

First place went to the most experienced driver Thomas Mantripp and rookie Thomas Lacey-Goodman who, having accrued the highest points score in the first two heats, was presented with the Aline Jordan Trophy, with Joseph Haylock third.

Sportsboats had six boats of mixed classes fighting it out for three heats as the two big cats’of Ray Birnie and Mike Tolman tooth and nail, gradually picking their way through the field of slower boats. Mike managed to hold off the very strong challenge to take third place.

National Circuit F2 driver Mark Williams took part in his HR850 Formula 4 catamaran and showed off his driving skills as he accrued enough points to take first place and the Jack Wilson Trophy, with Monohull driver Peter Rix taking second and the Lowestoft Lions Trophy.

Racing Hydroplane fans were disappointed as they failed to see Paul Jillings complete all three heats having shown a great deal of promise in the first. Nigel Stopforth fought bravely to take first place in the second heat and despite a coming together with James Boggis took fourth place overall and the Doug Willey Trophy for his class.

OSY400 competitors were as always well represented and chased relentlessly around the choppy course.

Vice commodore Brian Shulver, showing that his move to a lighter boat during his debut season had paid off, received the Hubert Palfrey Trophy, holding off the highly competitive challenge of Brett Duncan.

The evening was completed by the presentation of the OSY400 Special Race Series prizes by Mark Gilbert in memory of the late Keith Wagge, who was an avid fan of this class. The trophy went to James Marr.

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