POWERBOATING Town stars meet speed kings

PUBLISHED: 11:59 28 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:28 06 July 2010

THE weather was again perfect for Thursday night's powerboat racing on the broad this week attended by the Lowestoft Town football club team and management.

THE weather was again perfect for Thursday night's powerboat racing on the broad this week attended by the Lowestoft Town football club team and management.

The team were guests of Nigel Whitlam, LOBMBC's formula one boat driver who has sponsored the football team in the 2009-10 season, and all enjoyed their visit to the broad. Also on the park was a display of several Ferrari cars of various ages organised by Dr Doug Henderson who supported the event with prize money this week.

Nigel was on form in the sportsboat event putting in some 29 second laps on the 2/3rd mile circuit chasing the handicap against the slower lesser powered rigs.

Tim Lewis and Robin Day had a good battle with the F2 boats both putting in the same lap times finding it hard to pass the inboard chevy powered rig of Alan Sabberton. Brian Block running well in his F4 had a great battle to pass son in law Pete Mantripp in his 90 Yamaha monohull and had a very bad hook in the wash in front of the park, recovering well. Brian looked odds on to take the trophy but his engine failed to start for heat three “mugged again” as he stated. Scott Curtis and Paul Veares were both suffering from engine problems and the other big Chevy of Charlie Hales spluttered to a halt in heat one on the back straight in a cloud of steam. In the final points total Ray Birnie scored the most points in the handicap system winning the trophy with Nigel powering his way to second with “big” Pete Mantripp in third.

The hydroplane event had 9 OSY rigs, the best entry for several years of the 400cc outfits starting very close together on handicap against the 5 racing outboards including one 500cc hydrocat of Stu Greives who sank on his way back to the pits after racing had finished. Josh Wright had a spill in heat two in his Peverelle on the back straight in the middle of the pack and Rob Hales had several attempts at spinning on the Wherry turn as Julian Codling made up his handicap again driving very well. Jason Mantripp had a very bad hair day this week and almost nose dived in front of the park, Kevin Turner was getting to grips with the 250cc outfit but still failed to finish a heat. Club champion David Jones never made the start with his Crescent rig and James Bowman struggled with an off song engine. New driver Jason Freeman again was showing great improvement as he took the trophy from Jason Mantripp with the ever reliable Wayne Turner in 3rd place with his 0-125 racing outboard. The trophy was the wicky 1 award given by one of the late great hydroplane drivers of all time Alan Darby.

The junior event was won by the improving Teague Stroud in a four boat field with Ipswich driver Josh Brett runner up.

The weekend sees many of our drivers racing at Carr Mill dam St Helens in round 2 of the national series on Saturday and Sunday. The racing continues on Oulton Broad Bank holiday Monday with club racing from noon for all classes, best viewing from Everetts park in front of the broad.

Brian Shulver

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