New pairing out to capture 2009 Evolution title

Former Powerboat P1 Evolution class champion Giancarlo Cangiano, who has teamed up with fellow veteran P1 racer, Austrian Hannes Bohinc, is ready for an assault on the 2009 crown. Bohinc, who announced his return two weeks ago, is to partner 2006 title winner and long-time technical manager Giovanni Carpitella in theOuterlimitsthat finished second in the championship last year.

Bohinc – a successful businessman – is an experienced powerboat racer, with a strong record in endurance events. He’s one of only six drivers to have won the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race twice, and is also a double winner of the Harmsworth Trophy. He returns to the Powerboat P1 championship following a successful 2005 season in the Evolution class withWettpunkt.com. Together they make a formidable team

Cangiano has said he’s all geared up to try and recapture his title crown after narrowly losing out to theFountain Worldwideteam for the past two years. The Italian-based outfit have spent a portion of the winter testing the Mercury-powered Outerlimits SV43 (pictured) in smooth-water conditions on Lake Como.

“It was a very important test, as well as exciting,” said Cangiano. “There is already a fantastic feeling between us and we are definitely ready for the start of the world championship.”

Bohinc said that he was happy with his first experience of working with theOuterlimitsteam.

“I could tell right away that the boat is excellent,” he added. “I immediately found a good pace with Cangiano and Carpitella, and I had a good impression of the mechanics of the team. The cockpit is well positioned for the pilots. The high-speed cornering is fantastic, and this test was enough to make me come back to P1 with the urge to race.”