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British GP fails to make the official calendar
Posted On: 24 Jan 2008 - 11:31
For the second consecutive year Plymouth is to miss out on a Class 1 race. The 10 race 2008 season sees visits to Qatar, Montenegro, Spain (provisional), Norway, Ukraine (provisional), Romania, Egypt, Bahrain(provisional) and two races in the UAE. This is a disappointment to us here at class1uk.co.uk and, as a result, we have decided to put off the scheduled website facelift. Instead we plan to launch a new site in support of Honda 4 Stroke powerboat racing which is taking place in the UK. Watch this space!

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It's official - Qatar buys Spirit
Posted On: 17 Dec 2007 - 11:48
 Sheikh Hassan Bin Jabor Al-Thani, Qatar Team Principal and driver of Qatar 96, has upped the stakes in his bid to land the WPPA Class 1 World Powerboat Championship, confirming that he has bought Spirit of Norway 10 from Bjorn Gjelsten in a mega-deal that includes the services of eight-times World Champion, Steve Curtis, and the entire administrative and technical crew behind the multi-championship winning, Spirit of Norway Team.

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Rumour - Qatar buys Spirit of Norway
Posted On: 11 Dec 2007 - 09:51
Reports are coming through that indicate Team Qatar has bought Spirit of Norway 1 following Bjorn's decision to retire. This could see Steve Curtis racing alongside Sheikh Hassan Bin Jabor Al-Thani. We have not heard anything about Spirit of Norway 20 although it is possible that this boat may be purchased by Bill Barry-Cotter. If we hear anything concrete we will let you know.

Bjorn retires - Again
Posted On: 11 Dec 2007 - 09:45
Class1uk.co.uk After winning the final two WPPA World Class 1 races in Dubai over the last week, multi-world champion Bjorn Gjelsten has announced his retirement and has put his two boats up for sale. At the lavish farewell banquet at the International Dubai Marine Club, Bjorn made it clear that this season was not his most memorable as skirmishes with Dubai's 'Victory 7' team had raised a few eyebrows but is cannot be overlooked that his 'Spirit of Norway' had also endured two or three mechanical problems that had robbed the team of certain victory at least twice. If Gjelsten's two boats are not sold, the world's leading throttleman Steve Curtis will become available. Hopefully someone like Aussie Bill Barry-Cotter will acquire one of the Norwegian rigs, put his son Tom in the driving seat alongside Curtis as Tom was driver of the number two 'Spirit of Norway' outfit.

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