Proctor shines on Oulton Broad

PUBLISHED: 14:43 31 May 2012

Last Thursday’s powerboat racing on Oulton Broad took place in perfect conditions with a large crowd of spectators on the park seeing the best racing of the season so far.

The sportsboats event saw a brand new driver in the F2 class, Philip Elder getting quicker every heat and enjoying every moment of his time on the water.

Matt Procter in the Tornado monohull drove a consistent series of three races to take the win on the night from Brian Shulver in the F4 class, with Elder in third.

Early pacesetter Carl Wigg stopped in heat 3 after winning the first two races. Justin Perks in his first race of 2012 drove consistently all night, Dave Moore and John Masters both had problems with Moore stopping in heat 1.

World champion Scott Curtis was running in then put in some very fast laps in heat 3 after an engine change between heats.

The junior fleet saw new driver Ben Ryder taking to the water in one of the Mantripp outfits, winner was Ben Sallis with Thomas Mantripp in runner up slot after trying two rigs during the evening with Leon Wigg in fourth spot.

The hydro race had a good entry this week, Peter Rix ran the Crescent engine kneeler till engine problems curtailed his meeting.

Davy Jones and Wayne Turner put on a superb display of high speed driving from the back of the pack with a heat win each.

The consistent Jason Freeman took the overall win on the night in his OSY with Turner second and James Marr third.

Both Paul Yallop in the 0-250 and Mark White in the 0-500 hydrocat failed to make the start line after practice problems.

On bank holiday Monday we are again racing on the Broad starting at midday with a full programme of events plus a Jubilee parade of boats before the start, entry to the park is free for up to six hours of fast entertainment, get there early for the best view from the Everitts park.

We race again on Thursday June 14 with the next round of the club championship.

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