WITH PETERS & MAY RACINGMulti championship-winning GT and sportscar team Brookspeed is making a dramatic switch this season from car racing to powerboats as it takes on running the Peters & May Racing P1 Panther 250 racer in the 2012 P1 SuperStock UK championship.The double Porsche Boxster champions will run the Peters & May Racing boat from its Southampton workshop and it will be driven by Brookspeed race engineers Mike Lovell and Luke Elkin, who both live in the south coast city along with team owner Martin Braybrook."Brookspeed has been talking to Powerboat P1 for some time and when the chance to run Peters & May Racing came along it became the right move for the team", commented Martin. "The team loves close racing and that is what P1 SuperStock is all about with its one-make boat and engine format."Although Brookspeed has run GT cars at both Le Mans and Daytona as well as on a world championship stage, it wants a new challenge. "We see powerboat racing as the ultimate test in motorsport given the unpredictable nature of racing at sea, which makes SuperStock really appealing", added Martin.
Brookspeed believes its vast experience in car racing, accumulated since it began racing in 1996, can deliver the prestigious P1 SuperStock UK title this season. Peters & May Racing won the final round of last year's series in Liverpool with Darren Hook and David Harwood at the helm but missed out on the title by just four points."We ran champions Pertemps very close at the end of the season last year and believe that having Brookspeed in the boat for the duration of the season will bring better consistency to our performances this time around", said Peters & May Group CEO David Holley. "Our HQ is in Eastleigh and Brookspeed is just down the road in Ocean Village, I feel being so close to each other will really help the team."Peters & May, a leader in global boat transport, is the 'Official Logistics Provider' for P1 SuperStock worldwide and now has two teams racing P1 Panthers. Brookspeed joins twin brothers Blake and Brock Gratton who race in SuperStock USA where they are making their debut for the team this weekend in the opening round at St Cloud, Florida.Brookspeed will commence testing shortly ahead of its powerboat debut at the Plymouth Grand Prix on the Sea on 19/20th May.