Honda to sponsor the British Powerboat Grand Prix for a second consecutive year


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Honda will retain title sponsorship of the British round of the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship for the second consecutive year

Honda will retain title sponsorship of the British round of the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship for the second consecutive year.
The event will take place at Plymouth on July 16/17 and feature round two of the 2005 UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship and rounds five and six of the Honda Formula 4-Stroke series.
“We are thrilled to endorse the relationship between Honda and the Class 1 British Grand Prix through our title sponsorship of the event for a second consecutive year,” comments Martin Sanders, General Manager, Honda (UK) Power Equipment.
“The Honda Formula 4-Stroke fleet has raced at Plymouth for the past two years. Last year we strengthened the relationship between Class-1 and the Formula 4-Stroke series by sponsoring the entire event for the first time. After the undoubted success of the inaugural Honda British Grand Prix, we have repeated our title sponsorship for 2005. The Honda British Powerboat Grand Prix looks set to be one of the most thrilling events in Britain’s 2005 marine calendar. Plymouth Hoe acts as an excellent spectator arena and a perfect base for the multitude of additional onshore activities which make it so enjoyable.”
“There is great synergy between the Class 1 Powerboat Championship and the Honda Formula 4-Stroke series,” concurs Chris Parsonage, Class 1 British GP event organiser. “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 on-design offshore powerboat fleet in the world. The feedback we received from last year’s event was extremely positive, so 2005 will again see the complete amalgamation of the Class 1 and HF4S races.”
“Both Honda and ourselves have considerable experience at staging successful powerboat grands prix that set the standard for other race classes and organisations,” adds Parsonage. “Joining forces last year created an unmissable event that appealed to a nationwide audience and we hope to repeat this success again in 2005.”
HF4S series organiser and six times Class 1 World Powerboat Champion Steve Curtis has a dual interest in the Honda British Powerboat Grand Prix. Not only will Curtis provide commentary for rounds five and six of the HF4S championship in his role as race organiser, but he will also compete in the Class 1 round, hoping to add an unprecedented seventh world title to his incredible powerboating resume.
“It’s always great to compete in home waters,” comments Curtis. “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.”