British challenge at Key West

Brits taste the glamour of the US race scene

British powerboat team, has confirmed its intention to contest the 2008 Powerboat P1 World Championship. In the meantime it is competing across the United States in preparation for what promises to be another highly competitive P1 season.

Following their recent success at the American Offshore Super Series (OSS) National Championship where they claimed the Super Vee Extreme Class title, throttleman Richard Carr together with driver Paul Sinclair will line-up this week in the Super Boat Key West World Championships. They will be driving Team, a specially designed 39ft Vee Hull Skater using twin 1200hp Chief Supercharged engines and Arneson surface drives.

Racing recently on the Lake of the Ozarks for the OSS National Championship, the new outfit averaged speeds of 110mph to take line honours. The duo from the South-coast of England completed the 60mile course in just 34 minutes. The boat has recently run at 148mph with new engines installed purely for the Key West week.

“Racing and winning the OSS National Championship’s Vee Extreme Class was a great achievement for the team,” says team manger Mark Pascoe. “The American races pose a huge technical challenge and provide a great environment in which to hone our skills before next year’s P1 World Championship.”

Team will be pitted against some familiar faces to the P1 fraternity on the Key West grid, including the all-British crew of 2007 Powerboat P1 Evolution Class World Champions, King of Shaves!