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Lings power to victory

PUBLISHED: 07:30 26 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:24 06 July 2010

THE Lings Offshore race team stole the show at the Plymouth Grand Prix this weekend finishing first overall.

The Plymouth GP marked the 10th anniversary of the formation of the F4SA and the 100th championship race.

THE Lings Offshore race team stole the show at the Plymouth Grand Prix this weekend finishing first overall.

The Plymouth GP marked the 10th anniversary of the formation of the F4SA and the 100th championship race.

The Lings team took first place in race two and two second place finishes in races one and three.

The Lings team gave a fantastic account of themselves over the weekend and proved that they are a real force and genuine championship contenders for 2009.

Saturday's racing was hugely important to the Lings team, who needed to get some big points on the board after technical problems led to disappointment at the season opener in Wales.

Thankfully, the work that the team had done into preparing the powerboat in the interim paid off in spectacular style, Lings Racing powering to a second placed finish in race one after battling Team Williams from start to finish but unable to find a way through.

It was a great start to the weekend, and Lings would go one further in Race Two.

Dominating from the start the team powered into an early lead and continued to pull away comfortably from the rest of the field to finish in first place - their first of the season.

It was a hugely successful day of racing, and one the team would go on to replicate on the Sunday.

After engaging in a fascinating, race-long battle of nerves with team Votigern, Lings Racing almost pipped them to the post.

However, the superb consistency Lings Racing had shown over the weekend entire meant they took the top podium spot for the weekend, bringing home 54 championship points and moving into joint second place - alongside weekend race rivals Vortigern.

Dave Cowley driver of the Lings offshore race boat said: "It's been a fantastic weekend and a great points haul, and this has given myself and the team a great chance to get close to the championship top spot in the coming races.

"With our Home Grand Prix at Lowestoft next month, the whole team are hoping to continue our success in home waters, and match last year's first place."

Graham Doggett, making his Lings Racing team debut as navigator in race three, said: "We're really pleased. We thought we had them on that final turn - David really went for it at the end of race three, but we couldn't nip past Vortigern.

"Thankfully we'd done enough over the weekend and shown enough consistency to take first place - couldn't ask for a better way to prepare for Lowestoft next month."

It was a terrific debut result for the navigator, and one which will put the team in buoyant mood ahead of their home Grand Prix in Lowestoft. Taking place on the weekend of the July 25 and 26, it should round off the Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival.

Championship standings: 1= Power of Dreams Germany (7) 84, 1= Team Williams (3) 84, 2= Lings Racing (4) 79, 2= Vortigern (12) 79, 3 heightsofabraham.com (2) 76.

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