Honda retains title of the British round of the World Class I Championship
Honda has retained title sponsorship of the British round of the UIM Class I World Powerboat Championship for a third consecutive year.
British Powerboat Grand Prix takes place in Plymouth on August 5-6. The event will feature round five of the 2006 UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship – the world’s premier international powerboat racing series – plus round three of the UK’s largest offshore powerboat championship, the Honda Formula 4-Stroke Series.
“We are thrilled to endorse the relationship between Honda and the Class 1 British Grand Prix for a third consecutive year,” comments Martin Sanders, General Manager, Honda (UK) Power Equipment. “The world’s premier series comes to the UK once a year and provides a company like Honda, which has a rich sporting pedigree on land and sea, with a great opportunity to promote our racing credentials, more so as the Honda Formula 4-Stroke Series will be appearing on the same programme.”
With two of the world’s most popular race series on the same bill, the Honda British Powerboat Grand Prix looks set to be a thrilling event. Plymouth Hoe always offers a fantastic arena for spectators.
“There is great synergy between the Class 1 World Powerboat Championship and the Honda Formula 4-Stroke Series,” concurs Chris Parsonage, Class 1 British GP event organiser and competitor. “Class 1 is the world’s top powerboat racing championship, while the Honda Formula 4-Stroke Series is the foremost class in the UK and acknowledged as the largest offshore powerboat fleet in the world. My team mate this year in King of Shaves, James Sheppard, is a four time Honda Formula 4-Stroke Champion and has demonstrated that the experience he gained driving in the Honda series has been second to none.”
Honda series organiser and seven time Class 1 World Powerboat Champion, Steve Curtis, has a dual interest in the Honda British Powerboat Grand Prix. As well as being Honda event organiser, he will also be competing in the Class 1 round, hoping to add a British victory to his recently awarded MBE.
“It’s always great to compete in home waters,” comments the reigning world champion. “Plymouth is definitely one of my favourite places to race and I’m delighted that Honda has once again forged the relationship with Class 1 powerboating through its title sponsorship of the event. Both competitors and spectators should expect a spectacular weekend of powerboating at the Honda British Powerboat Grand Prix.”