Gutta Boyz fastest to Bangor

Norwegian brothers show the big boys how it's done

The end of the third leg of the 2008 Round Britain Race between Milford Have and Bangor NI today (Monday) produced a surprise result when Jamie Edwards and John Lindsay brought their Mercury powered Rib (Rigid Hull Inflatable) Mr Mako across the finish line. However although they took their class prize the fastest time was set by the Mx diesel powered Goldfish Rib Gutta Boyz, entered by Norweigian brothers Nick and Ivar Tollefesen.

Brothers left with the second start over 30 minutes after Mr Mako hitting speeds in excess of 80mph as they headed up the Irish Sea.

After finishing third in the RB4 class in the opening leg to Plymouth on Saturday at an average speed almost 12 mph below the class winner, those aboard Mr Mako won the day by using navigational tactics on their crossing on their crossing to Bangor. Instead of hugging the Irish coast they headed direct which more than paid off. Their final performance relegated Saturday’s RB4 class winner, driven by Nick Gilley and Jon Fuller, to third place.

The success of which finish third was just reward after a disappointing start on Saturday. Austrian Hannes Bohinc was virtually unchallenged after the Italian race boat designed/builder Fabio Buzzi aboard Red FPT had mechanical trouble and retired early on this leg. Once clear of the coast there was no stopping the Austrian and he creamed up the Irish Sea at full speed producing and average well over 65mph for the 240 statue mile course.

A fast performance was also set by the Greek entered Blue FPT driven by Vassilis Pateras and Panos Tsikopoulos. They finished a matter of minutes behind Wettpunct.Com to take second in the MC1 class. Collectively with the high placing on Saturday’s first leg Blue FPT now leads the larger class fleet on elapsed time.

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