|The Honda Formula 4-Stroke Liverpool Powerboat Grand Prix kicked off to a fantastic start yesterday (Saturday 29 September) on the unpredictable River Mersey. As the penultimate race of the 2007 season, the competitors kept their eyes on the prizes wowing the crowds with two dramatic races in which one championship was settled with a stunning win from 225 leading boat Negotiator.|
The weekend's action kicked off with the 150hp race in which a heated battle commenced between championship leaders Salcombe Racing and Lings Racing.
Although Salcombe Racing crossed the finish line in front, the victory went to David Cowley and Paul Barkshire in Lings Racing following a steward's enquiry. It was deemed that Salcombe Racing missed a buoy and they were docked a lap resulting in a 12th place classification.
David Cowley, driver of Lings Racing said: "We finished second on the water, but were pleased to be elevated up to first after a lengthy steward's review. We are now leading the 150hp championship by 13 points with everything to race for this afternoon."
Meanwhile the 225hp championship was settled in the second race of the day when Gavin Parsonage and Nathan Libby of 225hp team Negotiator took their seventh win of the year reaching the chequered flag 26 seconds ahead of all girl team, Team Raymarine in second and Salcombe Honda Specialists in third. With a 38 point difference between Negotiator and Salcombe Honda Specialists in second place the win secures the 2007 225 Championship for the Plymouth based team. Driver Gavin Parsonage was delighted:
"We couldn't be happier with our win today," he enthused. "We had a great start and the smooth conditions helped us maintain our lead. With the pressure off for today's race we are just looking forward to having fun on the water."
Second place finishers Shelley Jory and Libby Keir in Team Raymarine said: "Saturday's race was exhilarating. There were some fantastic battles all through the field. It's obvious that all teams are pulling out the stops for this final race weekend."
With the 150hp championship still to be settled and the second and third places in the 225hp series up for grabs, Sunday promises to be just as exhilarating.