Plymouth man prepares for first race after 138mph capsize in August

Britain’s Chris Parsonage is gunning for silverware in his first race back in Class One, tomorrow.

The tough Plymouth businessman and rookie ace driver James Sheppard survived a death-defying crash in August and now make no bones about their ambitions in the closing rounds of the world championship, all held in Dubai.

Chris’ King of Shaves boat had to be almost totally rebuilt after it hit a wake and capsized at 138mph in front of home crowds at Plymouth (picture shows boat just after being lifted following the crash).

Their shore team have worked day and night to ensure the craft is ready for the start line in Dubai and they carried out the first sea trials since the crash yesterday.

Chris says: “It’s good for me and James to be back in the boat. The accident was just one of those things that can happen in racing. It won’t affect us. We will still push as hard as before and although we are not in the hunt for the championship we intend to leave Dubai with some silverware.”