Storming start for Team 26 in Powerboat P1 Championship After seizing victory in the first race of the Maltese Grand Prix of the Sea last weekend the team ended up third overall in the opening event of the Powerboat P1 Championship series.
Storming start for Team 26 in Powerboat P1 Championship
After seizing victory in the first race of the Maltese Grand Prix of the Sea last weekend the team ended up third overall in the opening event of the Powerboat P1 Championship series. Taking the chequered flag in Sunday's endurance race, they seemed set for a clean sweep with a second win were it not for post race speeding penalties that demoted the boat to sixth place in the standings.
Despite the disappointment and frustration of the win that got away, the rookie team from the South of England can be justifiably proud of a podium with third overall and a strong start to their Championship campaign. In their first race as an official entry and with a new boat, they announced their arrival in the Championship by presenting an immediate challenge to other teams with many years experience in powerboat racing.
Commenting on the race Throttleman, Kim Collins, said: "We were extremely frustrated by Sunday's race conclusion but are feeling positive as we know that the boat can do it and we can do it, we just need to watch our speed. What we achieved this weekend overall was incredible and we have high hopes for the Turkish Grand Prix in June."
Pilot and Team Principal, Dan Cramphorn added: "We have had a fantastic weekend in Malta and are thrilled to have finish third over all in the Championship on our first outing in a new boat. I would like to thank the team hugely for their dedicated and unfailing support, if it was not for them we would not have made it to Malta to even start"
Team 26 certainly have rocked the powerboat paddock with other teams acutely aware they are following hot on their heels.
Powerboat P1 Commercial Director, Robert Wicks, said: "They have done remarkably well considering they only have two wild card races under their belts last season. The team typify the kind of characters we are trying to attract to the sport and clearly they have prepared the boat well during the winter. The combination of the Donzi hull and Sterling engines seems to be proving successful and based on this weekend's performance it looks like they will take the fight to the current reigning world champions during the course of the season."
Team 26 are currently supported by Akuma Offshore Clothing and Bang & Olufsen but are looking for a title sponsor going forward in order to complete the season and hopefully bring victory home.