1 TAMPA July 2014 GRAND PRIX OF THE SEA
2 TEAM PROBOAT EXTEND CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD Tampa Bay welcomed the P1 SuperStock teams for the first time last weekend and right from the first race the teams entertained the crowd with their typical close and exciting racing. CL-Alpha and Team Pro Boat went in to Round 3 equal on 77 points with three teams (GD Environmental, Visit Space Coast and South Eastern Lighting) hunting them down, all 6 points behind. CL-Alpha took first honors by winning the drag style qualifying and claiming pole position. A great battle between CL-Alpha and Team Pro Boat lasted all 8 laps before Gene and Paula Weeks (CL-Alpha) left the door open at turn one of the final lap. Andy Biddle and Tracy Blumenstein (Pro Boat) dutifully accepted, but CL-Alpha had the inside track round the right-hander and took the lead back. Pro Boat showed why they re champions as they ducked back inside and powered away from the penultimate pin to claim the first heat. After spinning out in heat one, rookie team Justin and Bill Belz (Visit Jacksonville) made a significant statement with an emphatic win in heat two after getting a great start and not relinquishing the lead for the entire race. This was their first ever race win and well deserved after recording some of the fastest lap times in Jacksonville. Consistent racing on Saturday allowed Welsh team James Norvill and Charlie Parsons-Young (GD Environmental) to equal CL-Alpha on points and narrow the gap on Pro Boat to just four points. But Team Pro Boat didn t allow the gap to get any smaller with a dominating victory in race three, blowing away the competition and winning by a comfortable six second margin. As in Jacksonville, Jason Morton and Walt Cox (South Eastern Lighting) found themselves in clean water in the final race of the weekend and held the lead through to the checkered flag to take the win. For the second consecutive round, Lee Baker and Sandy Keningsman (Space Coast) did enough to take second place on the podium. Lee said: I m having the time of my life. We had some great racing today with the Welsh boys (Norvill and Parsons- Young in GD Environmental). The boats all run the same speed and the racing is so close. In their hometown event, Cynthia and Craig Belfatto had a disappointing weekend with Craig being admitted to hospital on Saturday night with a suspected spider bite which had caused him discomfort throughout Saturday s racing. In turn one of the first race on Sunday the Lycamobile boat spun and retired from the race before throwing a prop in the final race ending their weekend in frustrating fashion. In the P1 AquaX Championship, 300-class leader Stuart Rasmussen found himself playing second fiddle to Yamaha racer Troy Snyder, who grabbed an impressive holeshot in Race 1 ahead of a 27 strong field of racers. Snyder maintained a strong lead but a lapse in concentration, resulting in a missed buoy, landed him with a time penalty and gifted Blain Spooner the lead. Snyder eventually dropped out with engine troubles and Rasmussen moved into second but never got close enough to challenge Spooner for the lead. Spooner took the win and with it Sea-Doo s first victory of the season in the 300 class. Anya Colley from Great Britain rounded out the top Rasmussen came back in Race 2 to take the win, ahead of Rookie racer Enrique Chia, and Anya Colley. However a mechanical problem in Race 3 dropped him back to 5 th. Eric Francis took thefinal race win with Colley in second and Jason Russo in third and with it elevated himself to third overall on the weekend. Colley improved on her result from round 2 to finish 2 nd, but it was Rasmussen that once again took the win and with it extended his overall championship lead. Eric Lagopoulos Sea-Doo GTR dominated the first two races of the 250 class. Scott Watkins of Yamaha Motors USA, in his first AquaX race, finished in the runner up position with Ken Moore rounding out the top By Race 3 the heat and the demands of the previous two races where
3 EVENT RESULTS OVERALL STANDINGS TEAM PRO BOAT 66 PTS TEAM PRO BOAT 143 PTS GD ENVIRONMENTAL 62 PTS GD ENVIRONMENTAL 133PTS P1 AquaX 300hp racer Anya Colley finished the Tampa weekend in second place to consolidate her third position in the overall standings with just two rounds remaining. SPACE COAST S EASTERN LIGHTING SOLUTIONS CL-ALPHA.COM 62 PTS 56 PTS 55 PTS SPACE COAST S EASTERN LIGHTING SOLUTIONS CL-ALPHA.COM 133 PTS 132 PTS 127 PTS starting to take their toll on the riders as fatigue set in. The first of what would be three aborted starts ended in a collision between Jeff Thornton and Lagopoulos. Damage to his ski meant Thornton was unable to continue and when the race finally got underway it was obvious that Lagopoulos was suffering more than a few bruises. His ski was also damaged and taking on water, eventually forcing him to retire. Scott Watkins took the win with Moore 2 nd and Alex Holguin in 3 rd. Rob Greenwald s Yamaha VXR took the overall win in the 200 class this weekend, but had to share the wins with Eric Diazfrom Puerto Rico. Reigning Champion Kelly Belval finished in 3 rd. Greenwald now extends his lead over Belval and Jason Maxson for the overall Championship. 6. FLORIDA NATIONAL GUARD 7. VISIT JACKSONVILLE 8. BOATWRENCH 9. LYCAMOBILE RACING TEAM 200 CLASS - TOP 5 Rob Greenwald Eric Diaz Kelly Belval Mike Gast Justin Mack 47 PTS 43 PTS 40 PTS 25 PTS 57 PTS 49 PTS 47 PTS 38 PTS 38 PTS 6. FLORIDA NATIONAL GUARD 7. VISIT JACKSONVILLE 8. BOATWRENCH 9. LYCAMOBILE RACING TEAM ` 200 CLASS - TOP 5 Rob Greenwald Kelly Belval Jason Maxson Scott Reeves Eric Diaz 108 PTS 105 PTS 93 PTS 87 PTS 168 PTS 147 PTS 127 PTS 107 PTS 89 PTS 250 CLASS - TOP CLASS - TOP 5 Scott Watkins 54 PTS Eric Lagopoulos 160 PTS Ken Moore 47 PTS Alex Holguin 104 PTS Eric Lagopoulos 40 PTS Ken Moore 98 PTS Alex Holguin 29 PTS Tim McKercher 92 PTS Sean Hagen 0 PTS Sean Hagen 75 PTS 300 CLASS - TOP CLASS - TOP 5 Stuart Rasmussen 50 PTS Stuart Rasmussen 156 PTS Anya Colley 47 PTS Eric Francis 148 PTS Eric Francis 43 PTS Anya Colley 127 PTS Despite finishing outside of the top three places in Tampa, 200hp class racer Jason Maxon lies third overall. Enrique Chia Jason Russo 43 PTS 38 PTS Blaine Spooner Jason Russo 101 PTS 86 PTS
6 SPORTS COMMISSION PLAYS LEADING ROLE AS P1 COMES TO TAMPA Tampa Bay Sports Commission - a private, non-profit, charitable corporation that serves the entire Tampa Bay area as the lead organisation for bidding on and hosting premier sports and entertainments events - was hugely supportive in taking P1 racing to the city. P1 championship director Azam Rangoonwala said: It s great to have Tampa on our race calendar and, with the continued backing of city officials and the Sports Commission, we hope to make it it a regular stop on our USA tour. Everyone in the city has been extremely welcoming, but I must single out Rob Higgins and his team at the Tampa Bay Sports Commission for their tremendous support. Wherever we race, our aim is to deliver significant local economic impact and provide international exposure. Rob Higgins Tampa Bay Sports Commission It was exciting to have the P1 race series making its first appearance in our community said Rob Higgins, Executive Director of the Sports Commission. In addition to being a thrilling event, it acts as an ideal opportunity to showcase our beautiful waterfront to a television audience. Higgins served on the bid committee which successfully landed the 2009 Super Bowl and more recently was voted as one of the most influential sports figures in the history of Tampa Bay. Azam Rangoonwala Powerboat P1 TAMPA ON THE GLOBAL STAGE Media and broadcast relationships play a key role in building P1 s international presence and in delivering significant exposure for host venues such as Jacksonville as well as commercial partners. In the USA all the P1 race action will be broadcast in 24 half-hour weekly TV programmes through to October on MavTV and Fox Sports Florida, reaching over 40 million homes. MavTV is available on the largest satellite platform in the country and is a network with its roots deep in the automotive world. Internationally, P1 continues to deliver extensive broadcast distribution with more than 50 countries airing all the programmes on major network channels, including ESPN, Ten Sports, Star Sports and Fox Sports. In addition, race venues receive considerable press and online coverage through P1 s comprehensive PR and media relations programme. The Tampa Grand Prix of the Sea is scheduled to be screened on August 5 (SuperStock Championship) and August 10 (AquaX Championship).
7 ERIC FRANCIS MOVES TO TOP SPOT IN P1 AQUAX WORLD RANKINGS Eric Francis received his world number 1 race vest in front of fellow riders and spectators at the Tampa Convention Center following a tough day s racing on the opening day of the Tampa Grand Prix of the Sea. The ranking system, powered by Lycamobile and in association with Sony, was launched earlier this season when UK rider Dave Huddleston was presented with the coveted race vest. The ranking system considers a plethora of data in each race including the strength of the field, conditions, number of riders in each class, finishing position and how recently the race was conducted. Eric s consistent racing this season, combined with his results from late 2013, was enough to edge him ahead of UK riders Tim Batte and Dave Huddleston, who drops to number 3 in the world. Stuart Rasmussen of the USA and Phil Pope from the UK were the big movers in the rankings since the opening race event of the season in Daytona in April, and they now occupy the 5th and 6th places respectively. A delighted Eric Francis said: This award totally made my weekend and it will motivate me to get back out there and work even harder to keep the top spot. Just because I m number 1 doesn t mean I ve won the AquaX title and that s my focus right now. I ve been racing for 14 years and this is the best championship I ve raced in and I want to be the best in the series. The P1 AquaX World Rankings are powered by: In association with:
8 LOCAL VOICES It was exciting to have a SuperStock event here in Tampa and to race in our own backyard. We look forward to it becoming an annual event in the Bay. Craig Belfatto - P1 SuperStock Racer Tampa is home for myself and many other racers and we had been waiting for AquaX racing to be staged here. Now it s arrived! 2014 P1 INTERNATIONAL RACE CALENDAR Daytona, Florida 26/27 April Stuart, Florida 17/18 May Bournemouth, Dorset 31 May/1 June Jacksonville, Florida 7/8 June Hull, Yorkshire 21/22 June Tampa, Florida 12/13 July Cardiff, Wales 26/27 July Torquay, Devon 9/10 August Cocoa Beach, Florida 23/24 August Gosport, Hampshire 6/7 September St Cloud, Florida 20/21 September Sean Hagen - P1 AquaX Racer Find out more online at these websites: powerboatpcom p1superstock.com p1aquax.com 2014 Powerboat P1 USA 2320 Clark Street, Suite A1-3 Apopka, FL USA