Just 1 week to go until the Powerboat GP, British sprint championship meeting at Stewartby Lake,near Bedford.
This is an opportunity for drivers who have had problems in the British championship rounds so far to win some silverware as this is a stand alone meeting ,not part of the main Championship.
I thought this would be a chance to look through some of the classes to see who I think may be challenging .
GT 15 Class first,the drivers to watch are usually Thomas Mantripp,Jonathon Brewer and Harvey Smith,But George Elmore is due a podium finish and this is the perfect time.Ethan Goodfellow, who like a lot of drivers comes from a racing family,is gaining experience and speed with every meeting and who knows with a bit of luck he could be up there.
Now GT30 Class,The obvious choice would be Ben Jelf but in any race anything can happen. Tiegen Goodfellow has had a brilliant season so far and will be a challenger for a much deserved win.Jack Pickles had a good meeting at Chasewater and should be in the mix with Thomas Mantripp and Jamie Norris if he is entered.Tony Judge would be a popular winner but so far this year he seems to be struggling a bit for speed ,but as I say you never know.
Formula 4 next,I just think there may be a surprise here,Sam Whittle has been at the front for most of the season but Ben Jelf is getting to know his new Baba Hull and this just may be his weekend.Rob Veares and Matt Wood will be pushing hard as always so there should be some close racing here.
Formula 2 ,With Matt Palfreyman not having a boat due to damage sustained in the World championship rounds the hard charging Lancashire driver will not be in contention.However this does not mean there will not be some exciting racing , this 120 mph class is always a spectacle to watch. Ex British Champion Paul Balfour and multi World Champion Colin Jelf have been at the front of the pack this season but last years British Champion Steve Hoult will be all out to take this prize.Mark Williams had a good meeting at Chasewater and Chris Loney has been a consistent finisher so far.If Scott Curtis has entered he will be as usual driving right up to the limit.
These prediction will probably prove to be totally wrong ,but thats the thrill of powerboat racing you never know until the final chequred flag.