Scottish navigator Libby Keir experienced success in home waters on Sunday when she won her inaugural Honda Formula 4-Stroke race at Largs. Keir, as co-driver to Shelley Jory in their 225hp Honda monohull Team Raymarine, led the thirteen strong fleet from start to finish.

Scottish navigator Libby Keir experienced success in home waters on Sunday when she won her inaugural Honda Formula 4-Stroke race at Largs. Keir, as co-driver to Shelley Jory in their 225hp Honda monohull Team Raymarine, led the thirteen strong fleet from start to finish.
“Both Shelley and myself were nervous beforehand” comments Keir “The pressure was really on to prove ourselves. We took the lead from the very start and just held on throughout the race. Shelley really pushed the boat, taking the corners as fast as she possibly could. We have both been working hard pre season and it’s great that all the training and preparation has paid off. It was an amazing first race for me and we hope to repeat it in the Isle of Man in four weeks”.
Rob Lister and Will Nocker, took the chequered flag for second place in their new craft Fat Boy Racing The HF4S veterans were second from start to finish with Miles Dobson and Trevor Dobbins in Accucard third.
In a gripping 150hp race Peter Kingsbury and Steven McCulley aboard Alsford Timber had a perfect start to the 2005 series battling their way from third to leading slot in their first race of the season.
“We had a good start”, comments Kingsbury. “We settled in to third place until a collision on the first lap between B.A.R GQ and X Pole allowed us to take the lead. We may not be the fastest boat, but we held our position throughout the race and delighted to have had such a successful first outing”.
The early leaders Clive and Elliot Wright driving X Pole were forced into last place by the collision. They battled in vain to regain their position but eventually finished 12 out of 13 places.
Another team who had a disappointing start to the Honda Formula 4-Stroke season was Delmar Flooring. The duo were on course for their first podium finish but electrical problems on their final lap forced them to retire. This enabled Nick Clemson and Paul Trow Smith in Claygate to fill second slot while Tarpon 219 claimed their first podium by coming third.
The action continues at the third and fourth rounds of the series in the Isle of Man on June 25/26.