Drew Langdon choses the Rouen 24-Hour as prelude to his P1 offshore challenge

24-hour endurance race just days before the first Powerboat P1 Offshore Grand Prix of 2007 may not be everyone’s ideal race preparation but for Drew Langdon, who claims to be at his happiest when out at sea, the 24-Hours of Rouen is just another high speed endurance challenge.

With co-pilot Jan Falkowski, he will travel directly to Malta from France once they have raced their works-team entry in this historic endurance event, now celebrating its 44th year.

“We may carry a few aches, pains and the odd blister to Malta but hopefully nothing more than that,” explains a confident Langdon. “In fact, spending this much time racing together can only be good for our teamwork and sharpen us up mentally and physically for the P1 season ahead.”

For owner and throttleman Drew, the new P1 season cannot come quickly enough and he is ticking off the days until the Maltese Grand Prix. “Last year was a difficult season for Bullet Racing in more ways than one and now we are able to look forward with real optimism.”

“Malta is a great place to start; a warm climate, friendly people and tough demanding seas. We have been working on the boat since early January, completely rewiring her and now we are in the process of reorganising the flooring and fuel tanks.”

Buzzi Bullet III will definitely be competitive; we must make sure that she is also reliable. Reliability will be the key to winning the World Championship in 2007. Every team is capable of finishing on the podium; the team that can do it race-in-race-out will take the title.”

Buzzi Bullet III will take to the water this week as it starts an intensive test programme before heading south, via Italy, to Grand Harbour Valletta for the opening two rounds of the 2007 P1 World Championship, that takes place over the weekend of May 5-6