Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has given her support to the Powerboat P1 racing series, which will be coming to Inverclyde next year

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Scotland will be getting its own Powerboat Grand Prix next year, after Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that the Powerboat P1 race series will be coming to Inverclyde.

Due to run from June 18-19 2016, the offshore extravaganza will take place at Greenock’s Esplanade and will be jointly hosted by Inverclyde Council and regeneration company Riverside Inverclyde.

At the launch event yesterday, Nicola Sturgeon said: “This major event will attract tens of thousands of powerboat racing fans to Inverclyde, an area with a rich maritime history.”

She added that the live television coverage would highlight the “magnificent backdrop” of the River Clyde.

The Inverclyde GP will replace Hull in the Powerboat P1 calendar, with other UK races due to take place in Scarborough, Gosport, Cardiff and Bournemouth.

Robert Moran, provost of Inverclyde, added: “With the huge number of cruise ship passengers visiting Scotland through Greenock, our two major marinas, Scotland’s Boat Show at Kip Marina, and the powerboat event next June, Inverclyde can truly lay claim to the title of marine leisure capital of Scotland.”

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