But event is overshadowed by fatal crash
In a weekend overshadowed by the death of pilot and team owner Sergio Carpentieri, Buzzi Bullet followed up its win in Friday’s time trial with a dominant performance to claim the offshore P1 SuperSport class in the German Grand Prix of the Sea.
Whilst the final margin to the Chinese entry, Sun Lik Beer, was no more than a few boat lengths, Drew Langdon and Jan Falkowski had led from start to finish in a boat that, according to Langdon, now has a near perfect set-up. With championship leader Roscioli Hotels Roma only able to take third place and the 2006 champions ExtremeBoat struggling with a propeller problem, the championship lead, as the season reaches its half way stage is now down to just 40 points.
The third place battle between Martin Lai and Andreas Chaikiopoulos in Sun Lik Beer and Angelo Tedeschi and Fabio Magnani in Roscioli Hotels Roma provided the large crowds with excitement throughout. On the straight, the Chaudron 41 of the Italian’s had a clear advantage but in the corners the tables were reversed. Behind them, VoomVoom.com was starting to show the true potential of the Yanmar powered Hustler Slingshot closely followed home by the Maltese entry Chaudron 2. The competitiveness of the production class was never more emphasised when the FTP powered Sunseeker XS 2000 of Gavin Brown and Andy Wilby cleverly took sixth place from Extremeboat as the boats turned into the final lap.
2007 UIM Powerboat P1 World Championship
German Grand Prix of the Sea