With temperatures over 80f, action on the water was even hotter for the fifth an sixth rounds of the Honda Formula 4-Stroke championships

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With temperatures on land reaching over 80f, action on the water was even hotter for the fifth an sixth rounds of the Honda Formula 4-Stroke championships at Plymouth over the weekend.

Following their first home grand prix win in Saturday’s 225hp race, superb driving by Gavin Parsonage in Negotiator saw the team from Plymouth glide through the pack on Sunday to secure their second win of the weekend.

Team navigator Nathan Libby said: “Gavin and I are really pleased to win both Honda races at our home grand prix. Today was a fantastic race to be involved in as everyone was really up for it. It was a cracking start with lots of boats in the mix going into the first corner. We came out in front but ended up going the wrong way. We’ve got a great boat and we’re lucky that it had the speed to get us back into the lead.”

En-route to the chequered flag Negotiator passed fellow West Country rivals Mark and Jack Cockman in Cider Daze II who also made it on to the podium, finishing in third place.

Libby added: “We get on really well with the Cider Daze boys and we’re chuffed that they got their first ever podium place. It was great for them to be up there during the race and I even had time to give them a wave as we flew passed them to regain the lead.”

The Exmouth based brothers briefly led the race following Negotiator’s map reading error. Mark said: “We were right in the thick of it at the start and found ourselves in the top four. After a few corners Negotiator went the wrong way and a couple of other boats followed. Jack was screaming in my ear that they had
messed up so we ended up in front. It was fantastic leading the race and being out in open water. The boat just flies. It’s a great feeling to be up on the podium.”

In the 150hp championship, Rose Lores put in another storming performance in Honda Happiness to take her second of the weekend, a third successive victory for the team. “It’s unbelievable. I never imagined I would be here with three wins from my first five races having never raced in a boat before the beginning of the season” commented Lores. “As a new team we have put in a lot of preparation and practice time in the boat so I’m over the moon to get a hat-trick of wins.”

The Honda Formula 4-Stroke Series now moves to Cowes over the weekend
of the 26-27 August for round seven and eight of the 2006 season.

Plymouth Grand Prix 2006 Provisional Race Results

Honda Formula 4-Stroke 150hp Series

Saturday – 10 Laps

1. Honda Happiness Rose Lores / Jason Cropper

2. Alien Ian Bull / Rob Chambers

3. Claygate Bathrooms Nick Clemson / Paul Trow-Smith

4. Construction Racing Marcus Bradshaw / Ed Baverstock

5. Ebel 1911 BTR Graham Foster-Vigors / Owen Lloyd

6. Lings Honda Paul Barkshire / Dave Cowley

Honda Formula 4-Stroke 150hp Series

Sunday – 6 Laps

1. Honda Happiness Rose Lores / Jason Cropper

2. Alien Ian Bull / Rob Chambers

3. Claygate Bathrooms Nick Clemson / Paul Trow-Smith

4. Construction Racing Marcus Bradshaw / Chris White

5. Quality Job Tom Plant / James Plant

6. Ebel 1911 BTR Graham Foster-Vigors / Owen Lloyd

Points standings (after six of ten races):

1. Claygate Bathrooms 61

2. Construction Racing 58

3. Honda Happiness 57

4. Ebel 1911 BTR 55

Honda Formula 4-Stroke 225hp Series

Saturday – 12 Laps

1. Negotiator Gavin Parsonage / Nathan Libby

2. Stopbox Lighting Jack Glendinning / Simon Bucknall

3. Team Raymarine Shelly Jory / Libby Keir

4. Evans Heritage Developments Rhys Evans / Hadyn Evans

5. Cider Daze II Mark Cockman / Jack Cockman

6. Claygate Bathrooms Mel Streak / Martin Marsh

Honda Formula 4-Stroke 225hp Series

Sunday – 8 Laps

1. Negotiator Gavin Parsonage / Nathan Libby

2. Team Raymarine Shelly Jory / Libby Keir

3. Cider Daze II Mark Cockman / Jack Cockman

4. Stopbox Lighting Jack Glendinning / Simon Bucknall

5. Evans Heritage Developments Rhys Evans / Hadyn Evans

6. Claygate Bathrooms Mel Streak / Martin Marsh

Points standings (after six of ten races):

1. Stopbox Lighting 75

2. Negotiator 75

3. Team Raymarine 61

4. Evans Heritage Developments 50