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More news for 2017

Hello again,more for you from PowerboatGP,and the racing for 2017.

We have a provisional fixture list for the British Championship rounds and a World and European Championship meeting in July at Stewartby,near Bedford.

The British rounds are

Lancashire Grand Prix –April 28th-29th at Carr Mill Dam ,St Helens.

Lowestoft GrandPrix—May 28th-29th at Oulton Broad ,near Lowestoft.

Kingsbury Grand Prix—July 8th-9th at Kingsbury water park,near Birmingham.

Cannock Grand Prix—July 15th-16th at Chasewater,Cannock..

Bedford Grand Prix—Sept 16th-17th at Stewartby,near Bedford.

Sheffield Grand Prix—at Rother Valley Country Park.( a venue that has not been on the calendar for quite a few years.

Also on July 1st and 2nd at Stewartby,we have a round of the World Formula 4 Championship and the European GT30 Championship.One not to be missed this.

So as you see we cover quite a bit of the country with our racing,should be a course somewhere near you.1417-copy

I also have some news about one of the GT15 class drivers.Harvey Smith ,son of ex racer Martyn,  is one of our top drivers in this class and this season is hoping to do better than last,a difficult task when you consider he was always in the top 2 or 3 throughout the season,and  he took his boat to Norway and won,beating some of the top European drivers,you can see what a hard job that will be to better that,.However I have a feeling that he will do us all proud on his travels in 2017.

The F1 Atlantic driver will be competing in all the rounds of the British Championship and also is travelling to Imatra,Finland for the World GT15 Championship in Jun and the European Gt15 Championship at Aluksne,Latvia in Aug.Speaking to his father I`m told he is also planning some more trips to Scandinavia to race and and alo plans to watch as many of the Formula 1 Championship rounds as possible.

I am also informed that he is also testing in Formula 4 this season,so a very busy season awaits Harvey and team.

Thats all for now ,will be back with more news when I get it

Bob.

 

 

 

Focus On… Harvey Smith – F1 Atlantic GB (GT15)

Over the course of the Kingsbury GP weekend, one of our “Focus On…” features will be following young GT15 driver, Harvey Smith. Having switched to a Povvat hull for 2016, Harvey is enjoying a great year so far, having finished 2nd overall in both previous events. This puts him 3rd in the championship battle, only 5 points away from 2nd, with the leader just 1 point further ahead. This evening I spoke to Harvey’s dad, Martyn, to find out how the teams preparations for Kingsbury are going.

LowestoftGP_20160501_38057F1 Atlantic GB’s GT15 team have a busy time ahead of them. Currently getting ready for the Kingsbury GP, they are also beginning to gear up for the Cannock GP two weeks later, after which they will head to Estonia for the GT15 World Championships. Martyn told me that the team have been testing and evaluating a range of props and with the combination of the new hull, testing, and Harvey’s motivation to win, they have made considerable gains over their lap times last year.

The team are very down to earth. They appreciate that everything has to come together on the day, no matter how much prep you put in before the weekend. That said, Harvey I believe is ready to win. Personally I have noticed a difference in Harvey’s driving this year. He’s stepped up, and this weekend he will have a mentor in the form of F1 Atlantic GB team mate, F2 driver Matt Palfreymen, fresh from his 2nd place at Round 2 of the UIM F2 World Championships in Campione d’Italia. Will this be Harvey’s weekend?

LowestoftGP_20160501_38673Come along to the Kingsbury GP at Kingsbury Water Park, Bodymoor Heath, Warwickshire, B76 0DY and see for yourself whether Harvey can make his way to the top step of the podium.

Focus On… Matthew Palfreyman – F1 Atlantic GB

Following his solid 3rd place in Saturdays Heat 1, Matt came in to Sunday feeling confident but wanting more. 3rd is good, but find me a driver who doesn’t want to stand on the top step every time they race. The outright pace of Heat 2 on Sunday was quicker than that of Heat 1 – Paul Balfour’s race winning time was 6.25 seconds quicker than the previous day. Matt’s race time was 8.64 seconds quicker than the previous day, and he closed the gap between himself and Colin Jelf and Paul in front. It wasn’t enough though, and Matt found himself finishing 3rd again.

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As I loitered around their tent during the lunch break, I listened to Matt and his brother Graham discussing data from the earlier heat. They were talking about RPM, talking about lines, talking about everything they could think of that could shave Matt’s lap times down.

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The time came for the boats to launch, and the huge crowds gathered in front of the LPRC clubhouse and on the banks by the dam, watched and listened as the fleet of F2’s made their way round on the parade lap, sandwiched between the two Osprey Rescue boats. As the boats milled around down by the Fairground turn, I heard one spectator behind me describe it to a friend as ‘the calm before the storm’. One by one they set off on their hot laps, and lined up at the jetty. Hidden by the trees, the roar of the Optimax’s alerted the masses to the race start and we watched as lap after lap Matt chased down Colin and Paul.

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The race was brought to a premature end in spectacular fashion, when after 9 laps, Matt clipped the exit turnbuoy at the Fairground. As the boat launched skywards, I was convinced it would go over, but somehow Matt managed to keep it the right way up, albeit with a couple of holes in the hull. As more than the minimum required number of laps had been completed, the result was declared at this point and the race was not restarted. Sadly, taking out a turnbuoy results in a disqualification for a driver, which meant that Matt finished the weekend in 6th overall. However, his attention now turns to repairing the boat and leaving for Finland to compete in the UIM F2 World Championship. I guess all that remains for me to say is thanks for the photo opportunity Matt, and good luck in Finland!

Bryan

Focus On… Matthew Palfreyman – F1 Atlantic GB

At his home Grand Prix, Matt has had a solid first day, although I’m fairly confident that I can say 4th in qualifying and 3rd in the race, although moving in the right direction, are not as close to the top spot as he would like…

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In qualifying the boat was quick, and less than a second covered the top four drivers. I found it interesting to hear from Team WNT F2’s Steve Hoult that he had been paying particular attention to Matt’s lines (during testing last week) and said he could definitely see a difference over his previous lines.

In Heat 1, Matt passed Steve and settled quickly into 3rd place. Keeping pace with but unable to catch Paul and Colin ahead, Matt’s race continued on, and he crossed the line in third despite a rather hairy moment at the right-hander late on.

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The F2’s have two more heats to run tomorrow, and I know Matt is looking forward to getting out there and pushing to get further up the podium.

Bryan

Focus On… Matthew Palfreyman – F1 Atlantic GB

Following on from our previous ‘Focus On…’ feature, upto and over the Lancashire Grand Prix weekend the Powerboat GP blog will be focusing on two drivers from two different classes. From the F2 class, this time our attention shifts to local driver Matthew Palfreyman and his F1 Atlantic GB Moore boat.

Matt’s name has been well known on both the national and international circuits for a number of years, and last year he finished 2nd in the UIM F2 World Championship. This year Matt’s back, and if all goes well, he’s going to be even quicker. I caught up with him tonight to get some insight into how his preparations have been going.

“Preparations have gone better than last year (we didn’t flip a week before the first race!). We have lightened the boat and got both engines rebuilt and working spot on. We have some valuable data in regards to propellors and we know how the boat will handle in all conditions. We have made some modifications to the boat over the winter, which have worked, but our final test this weekend will see how it is just before the National.”

“Our new props have worked well, the new wireless steering wheel technology is working a treat, and with our new corporate sponsorships we should look just as impressive off the water as on. But one thing you can guarantee, we will be giving 100% at Carr Mill (but keeping in mind Finland – the first UIM F2 World Championship round – is 10 days later).”

So all in all it sounds like it has been a successful off-season for the F1 Atlantic GB Team. Their arrival in the pits at the Lowestoft GP on the morning of race day with their lightened, plain white boat certainly got people talking, as did Matt’s all-out driving style on day two after a fuel tank repair forced him out of action on day one.

If you have any questions you would like to put to Matt and his team, please post them below and we will do our best to get them answered for you.

There will be much more to come from the team during the build up to the Lancashire GP at Carr Mill on 28th & 29th May, so click the follow link below to keep up to date with everything Powerboat GP are doing both on the water and off.

Bryan

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