Keith McVeigh wins prestigious Pentney trophy
THIS year as normal the powerboat racing season finished on Oulton Broad with the running of the Battle of Britain event and again it produced the biggest entry of the season.
The Outboard hydroplanes ran their national round, which had been held over from the disrupted event in May, and attracted seven entries to the pits, but Mike Smith never made it to the water in his hydrocat.
Julian Codling, now an established international top class driver, took three straight wins in the 0-250 outfit holding off the challenge from Matt Lockwood as he tried hard to make up the handicap and Paul Jillings in the first two heats pushing hard.
Kevin Turner only finished heat one and Stewartby driver Nigel Edwards failed to score. Wayne Turner in the 0-125 scored enough points in the final tally to finish in the runner up position after being the only finisher in heat four.
The club event for racing outboards were running for the prestigious Mick Pentney trophy given in memory of one of the club's all time great drivers who lost his life in a racing accident.
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This event also had eight entries including a rare run by Keith McVeigh and a return by Tony Sallis in the Barry Turner 350 and Mark White. David Jones was in the Popolli cabover and Peter Rix was running his new hull.
The 3 heats saw some close racing at high speed with veteran McVeigh the winner of the Pentney trophy after Jones failed to finish heat three after winning heat one in fine style. The consistent Jamie Grieve finished runner up in the 500 hydrocat with Jones in third. Only casualty of the day was Mark White who went down with his ship just in front of the pier heads.
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The OSY class were running for the Rex King supported East of England Yamato Challenge and gave a superb display of close racing. Craig Speller was back on his best form winning all three heats with Tony Knights being just pipped for second place by Luke Hugman after three very fiercely fought heats throughout the field, giving the very good crowd of spectators great entertainment
Kieran Rix continued his good form in the junior class taking the win from the up and coming Thomas Yallop with the high flying Teague Stroud in third and Saul Robinson fourth. New junior Thomas Mantripp, son of Peter and grandson of Brian Block, continued the family racing tradition running the very smart Burgess hull for the first time only four days after his ninth birthday.
The cats and monos were running together with 12 entries. Peter Mantripp won the monos taking the Lord Louis Mountbatten trophy from Matt Proctor who had a Dutch pit crew this week with Richard Challis in third spot. Mark Williams failed to make the start after an engine problem in his monohull.
The cats saw Robin Day on form taking the coverted Battle of Britain trophy from Adam Shearing who was out this week out in the F3 with the F1 rig of Whitlam in third.
Slim was unable to use the full F1 power this week with the crowded water driving very safely. The next positions were all taken by the highly handicapped F4 outfits of Shulver Curtis, Veares Read and Masters.