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POWERBOATING: Conditions bring out best

PUBLISHED: 12:44 18 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:42 06 July 2010

VERY rough water and a north westerly wind greeted the drivers at Oulton Broad in the latest round of the club powerboat championships making for exciting racing for the hardy band of supporters on the banks of Nicholas Everitts Park.

VERY rough water and a north westerly wind greeted the drivers at Oulton Broad in the latest round of the club powerboat championships making for exciting racing for the hardy band of supporters on the banks of Nicholas Everitts Park.

The sportsboat races had another good mixed entry from the little 850cc monohulls to the big Chevy 5 litre inboard of Charlie Hales. Hales was running a new engine but had teething problems on the night and did not complete a heat. Ian Smith made a welcome return after working abroad but lost his cockpit lid at the rough Wherry turn, the same spot as Robin Day stopped with his on going problem of recent weeks.

Rob Brett also stopped on the same turn with a gearbox problem causing the heat to be stopped as he was in a dangerous position and safety is paramount while racing on the broad. S850 man Steve Batch was testing well for the next round of the British championships putting in good lap times in the conditions along with Brian Block running in yet another engine from his collection. Brian Shulver seemed to have sorted his problem from the world championships in France and now has to reset up the boat to regain top end speed. The two monohulls of Pete Mantripp and Ray Birnie revelled in the rough conditions and finished 1st and 2nd in the points tally with the high flying Batch in 3rd.

OSY400 hydroplanes were again out in force this week with the only two racing outboards being Codling and Jones with Stu Greives having to retire with major engine problems after practice in the 0-500 hydrocat. Wayne Turner missed his first club meeting of the year as he was travelling to the 0-125 event in Germany at the weekend. On form man James Bowman took the hydroplane trophy from fellow OSY man Jason Freeman with ex British champion and stalwart of the class Tony Knights in third. New driver this week in the training rig sorted by Jason Mantripp was Zach Stanford who progressed well as the evening went on.

The junior event was won by Teague Stroud from Kieran Rix after 3 heats of very hard racing on the short junior circuit with the four competitors constantly changing positions during the races .

The club has a new rear commodore Malcolm Bryant, he takes over from Robin Day who wishes to spend more time on his racing activities, Robin has served the club well over several seasons and we wish Malcolm well in his new position.

Next national meeting for all classes except F2 is at Boddymoor Heath home of the Midlands Powerboat club near Tamworth on the weekend of June 19/20 when the club drivers will again be tested in their attempt to bring National crowns to Oulton Broad, club racing continues on the broad Thursday starting at 6pm

Brian Shulver


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