The 2007 Honda Formula 4-Stroke offshore Series begins at Torquay on May 12-13.
The popular Honda Formula 4-Stroke Powerboat Series will be flagged away for its 75th race when the new championship series casts off close to Torquay’s rugged coastline on May 12-13.
After a seven-year absence Torquay – where the Honda series made its debut in May 1999 – makes a welcome return to the 2007 calendar. This time however it hosts the opening two rounds of what promises to be another action packed offshore championship.
With nearly 40 boats battling it out in the 150hp and 225hp classes, the competition has never been tougher.
“The 2007 championship promises to be the best yet,” said Martin Sanders, General Manager, Honda UK Power Equipment. “When we launched the class in Torquay back in 1999 we had just one 130hp category and five boats in the line-up. Now, eight successful years later, we are back with a most impressive fleet.”
Local competitors Tony Crossley and Mark Glanville are hoping to capitalise on their home advantage in their 150hp outfit Delmar Group-Flooring.
“We are both really excited to be racing in Torquay. Last time we raced here we achieved first and second placings. We couldn’t be happier that the first race is taking place in Torquay and we really appreciate all the local support we have received,” said Crossley.
Torquay’s course lies tight to the shore to provide optimum viewing and all spectators are all invited to attend the prize giving on Sunday afternoon at 15.30pm.
Now 74 rounds after the Honda offshore series first arrived in Torquay eight years ago its achievements continue to grow with events now held all around the UK coastline.