P1 SuperStock Champions Crowned in Liverpool
John Wilson (Coleshill, Birmingham) and Neil Scarborough (Monks Risborough) were crowned 2011 P1 SuperStock 250 Champions at the final round of the five-race series. The Pertemps crew won British powerboat racing's biggest title by four points from closest rivals Peters & May, driven by Darren Hook (Wadhurst) and navigator David Harwood (Wimbledon), with Rookie team Simon Bayles (Battersea) and Philippa Baker (Kensington) finishing third to cap an amazing first ever season of racing. Three outright race wins, three podium finishes plus fourth place last time out in Cowes were enough to win Wilson and Scarborough's second consecutive SuperStock title, as the duo won last year's P1 150 Class. "To become the inaugural champions is a very special feeling and to have won back-to-back titles makes it even more satisfying", commented John. "Neil and I worked very hard with lots of practice behind the scenes as we knew the most together crew with the best understanding would win. We started as novices and now four years later we are double champions which is a fantastic achievement for us." Navigator Scarborough added: "I have complete confidence in John's driving so I can just totally focus on my job and I think that close relationship has paid dividends as we have avoided any hairy moments and got the job done." Yesterday they were succeeded by Team Purple crew of husband and wife Stuart and Sara Cureton whose fifth place was enough to lift the 2011 P1 150 crown. "It's a brilliant feeling to have won the P1 150 title with one race to go and we are both absolutely delighted", said Stuart, who also celebrated his 41st birthday by winning the championship. "For the first time this season we decided to go steady and watch what the others were doing and once we saw Team Fox had a clear lead we just made sure we did enough." On Sunday Team Purple returned to winning ways by winning the race from the Eclipse crew of Rose Lores (Stubbington, Hants) and John Donnelly (Havent). By beating season-long rivals Team Fox, who finished fourth, Rose and John secured the Vice Champions title in the final race of the season. P1 250 Class final championship points (provisional): 1. Pertemps 121; 2, Peters & May 117; 3, Team 88 115; 4, Helvetia Wealth 95; 5, Typhoo 93; 6, Edox 85; 7 Rough Cut Racing 59; 8, Team Haas 33. P1 150 Class final championship points (provisional): 1. Team Purple 170; 2, Eclipse 143; 3, Team Fox 140; 4, Aztec Racing 97; 5, Black Magic 86; 6, Red 84; 7, Macdonald Mermaid 79; 8, Flying Sparks 67.