STRONG SHOWING AT AUTOSPORT POINTS TO OUTSTANDING SEASON AHEAD FOR P1
Places on the P1 SuperStock UK grid are filling up fast whilst P1 AquaX is all set for a significant increase in competitors in the wake of a very successful four days at the Autosport International Show at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.
Powerboat P1 returned to the country’s biggest motorsport show and the initiative looks to have paid off handsomely, with several new drivers committing to race in SuperStock UK this season.
“SuperStock UK certainly made an impact amongst drivers at the Autosport Show, so much so we’re now close to reaching our initial target for filling the P1 Panther grid”, commented P1 SuperStock UK Championship Manager Paolo Callea.
SuperStock is the only one-make championship on water in Britain and created a real stir amongst the cream of Britain’s car racing and rallying establishment. Regular car competitors were stunned by how cost-effective racing a Panther can be and P1 SuperStock UK will shortly announce the names of those making the cross over from four wheels to powerboats.
The Typhoo-branded Panther was the centre-piece of Powerboat P1’s stand flanked by a Kawasaki Ultra 300 AquaX machine. Reigning SuperStock UK Champion John Wilson (Coleshill) appeared on the stand alongside Typhoo crew Andy Wilby (Fleet) and Jonny Allbut (Southampton) to talk to prospective new drivers, whilst AquaX champion Russell Marmon (Christchurch) also came onto the stand over the weekend.
“We had some very good feedback from people who first saw our stand at the show last year, so I am glad we returned to capitalise on the interest motorsport people are showing in Powerboat P1, said AquaX Championship Manager Lisa Barsby. “I was amazed by how many car racers we talked to who also own a jet ski and they showed a lot of interest in the series, so it was very good for raising our profile to potential racers.”
Barsby says interest in AquaX is running at an all-time high and she is confident the number of riders will grow in 2012. “Last year all the serious people who contacted us took part and the number of racers who are now calling has dramatically increased so I believe AquaX will take a significant step forward this season”, she said.