Heading into its 6th season, the ever-popular Powerboat GP series organisers have published their racing calendar and launched the 2017 RYA British Championship. With the return of the popular Rother Valley circuit, it looks set to be another sensational season for the competitors and spectators alike.
Competitors the length and breadth of Britain will travel to six popular circuit racing venues to compete to become the 2017 Powerboat GP RYA British Champions. Throughout the summer months racers, crews and spectators will descend on inland lakes and reservoirs to watch the season’s action unfold in front of them as the competitors all battle for the top spot.
Each of the six venues in the championship are unique and offer varying challenges and conditions for the competitors and each suits a different styles of driving which can all be affected by conditions on the day. The past few years have seen Championship campaigns so close in every class that they go right down to the very last chequered flag of the season and 2017 promises nothing less.
The 2017 Powerboat GP RYA British Championship will kick off in style when in just 15 weeks time, the teams will head to St Helens, Lancashire for the opening round at Carr Mill Dam on the 29th & 30th April. The opening venue of Carr Mill Dam, is a firm favourite amongst competitors and will provide a bountiful array bank holiday boating action. With seven championship crowns up for grabs teams will be looking to clinch those all important points from the first Grand Prix of the year.
The action then heads to the Broads as teams head to Oulton Broad for another Bank Holiday Bonanza for the Lowestoft Grand Prix over the 28th & 29th May. The Lowestoft Grand Prix always provides an action packed weekend for spectators and competitors with ever changing conditions on the broads and a long thin course providing spectacular views of the whole course.
The next two calendar stops see the championship head to the Midlands to compete at Kingsbury Water Park (8/9 July) before heading to Chasewater Water Park just a week later (15/16 July) for the fourth round of the competition.
In a change to the normal calendar Stewartby Watersports Centre in Bedford will this year host the penultimate round of the 2017 Championship over the 16th & 17th September the popular venue normally closes the season for the competitors but this year organisers have added a new finale to the proceedings.
Having not raced at this popular venue since the 1990’s organisers have decided to end the 2017 season with the competitors making a welcome return to Rother Valley Country Park in Rotherham for a fantastic finale on the 7th and 8th October.
2017 will also see Powerboat GP host the UIM GT30 European Championships and the second round of the UIM F4 World Championship at Stewartby Powerboat & Hydroplane Racing Club, Bedford over the 1st & 2nd July. British contenders will find themselves faced with an advantage of home water as they compete against some of the World’s best Powerboat Racers in the two day competition.
In addition to the 6 rounds of the Powerboat GP RYA British Championship British Competitors will also compete in the stand alone Powerboat GP RYA British Sprint Championship. The Sprints Championship is a two day competition hosted at Stewartby in Bedford on the 5th & 6th August that sees competitors forget what has happened so far through the season and battle solely for the chance to be crowned 2017 British Sprint Champion.
Powerboat GP Promoter Luke Jones had this to say on the forthcoming season “There may still be quite a few weeks before the season kicks off with the Lancashire Grand Prix, but when you’re preparing for a battle of epic proportions that faces our competitors in the end it never seems quite long enough. Many teams have been preparing all winter and many teams will start testing again this month as they prepare for a busy season ahead.”
“We are so excited about the season ahead of us, and being able to add a different venue to the calendar offers the competitors a different challenge. Many of our courses favour certain driving styles and those that test on them regularly master the best lines around the courses and can learn to read the conditions. As promoters, we are constantly looking at new and old venues to take the Powerboat GP series to and whilst there are some firm historic favourites that change in legislation and safety just won’t let us return to, we’re really excited about returning to Rother Valley this year. Having not raced there now for the best part of 20 years there will be very few competitors on the circuit that have competed here before so it will provide a sensational season finale in what already promises to and hopefully the spectators will agree.”