The Isle of Man will once again host the third and fourth rounds of the 4-Stroke series

Following its huge success in 2005 and 2006 the Isle of Man will once again be hosting the third and fourth rounds of the Honda Formula 4-Stroke championship series. For the third year running the UK’s most competitive powerboat championship returns to Douglas Bay on 16/17 June.

Following the first round in Torquay, there should be even more action-packed racing from the 36 crews contesting this year’s five-round championship. As a venue renowned for its motor sport heritage, the Isle of Man races are expected to attract crowds eager to watch the two Honda fleets race around the famous Refuge Tower. But it won’t all be plain sailing as the unpredictable swells of the Irish Sea can provide challenging conditions for crews.

“It is fantastic to be back in the Isle of Man for the third year running, “commented Martin Sanders, General Manager of Honda UK Power Equipment. “Honda has a long association with motor sport on the Island thanks to its many successes in the TT Races. The presence of the flourishing Honda Formula 4-Stroke Series is now adding to our many well documented Manx achievements on two-wheels. This year’s powerboat series has attracted our largest-ever fleet and the fans are guaranteed some spectacular action. What’s more, to provide the best possible viewing, the races are staged close to the shore right in the heart of Douglas Bay.”

There’s plenty of local interest, too, with brothers Stephen and Michael Baggs racing their boat Vortigern in the 225hp class. “We couldn’t be more excited to be back racing here on familiar waters again,” enthused Michael Baggs.
“We really appreciate all the local support we have received and look forward to racing in front of our friends and family in Douglas.”