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Swede dream for Glenn

PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:43 05 July 2010

Trophy winner Glenn Safwe

Trophy winner Glenn Safwe

RACING for the first time on Oulton Broad last Thursday in a brand new boat only a day after his 16th birthday, Glenn Safwe from Sweden beat all comers in the hydroplane racing event organised by the Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Motor Boat Club.

RACING for the first time on Oulton Broad last Thursday in a brand new boat only a day after his 16th birthday, Glenn Safwe from Sweden beat all comers in the hydroplane racing event organised by the Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Motor Boat Club.

Racing a new Trombetta prop rider powered by the Yamato 400cc engine the young Swede beat the reigning club champion Mike Pacey into second place and the world champion Sean Barnard was also competing.

Safwe was in the country mainly to see the World 350cc Championship at Stewartby Lake, but decided to compete at Oulton Broad.

With two wins and a second place in the three races he scored 1,100 points compared to Pacey's 1,000 points for two seconds and a first in the final heat. Robert Hales took third position with 619 points.

The junior racing ended in a close points finish with Luke Cleveland taking the Bob Spalding L'Auto Journal Trophy with 1,124 points. James Bowman scored 1,120 points with George Perks third with 1,008 points.

In the sports boats, Pete Mantripp scored another maximum points victory in the monohulls over Roger Watson and Ray Birnie.

Just two sports boats scored points in the race for the Bob Spalding Trophy, but Alan Sabberton revelled in the rough conditions of the first race.

Heat two was a battle with Robin Day bringing the Formula 3 catamaran home first. Sabberton retired from the last heat allowing Day to score 1,160 points to take the trophy.

Several club drivers competed in the World 350 Championship at Stewartby Lake at the weekend which was won by Italian Alessandro Cremona.

The event was restricted to just the Saturday racing with gale force winds on Sunday making racing impossible.

Paul Jillings was the best club scorer, despite a holed boat in the second race finishing sixth overall.

Brett Duncan took eighth place, making the fastest lap time in the first race as he battled through the field.

Julian Codling finished a creditable ninth.

In the UK Masters event for Juniors at Stewartby, James Bowman was the sole Oulton Broad representative and scored a fine second place.

In the Formula 4 catamaran event eight Oulton Broad drivers participated and Scott Curtis came away with the title over Brian Shulver and Paul Veares.

Meanwhile, in Poland at the weekend in Formula 125 European Championship event LOBMBC's Wayne Turner scored a fine second place improving on his eighth place earlier in the year.

At the halfway stage in the championship he lies in fourth place with two further rounds in Sweden and Germany.

This weekend in Italy, Jillings begins his challenge for the European 250cc Championship, whilst Barnard goes in the opening round of the Formula OSY 400 European Championship.

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