Honda Formula 4-Stroke returns to its roots
Honda Formula 4-Stroke (F4SA) completed round two of the 2009 championship season in Plymouth over the weekend, the venue where the series was initially launched. The special event which celebrated the tenth anniversary of the series continually supported by Honda attracted a large audience for extremely close racing on Plymouth Sound.
Saturday produced exciting results in the 225hp fleet. There were two clear leadersTeam WilliamsandLingstaking first and second. The two teams fought hard proving they could be close contenders for the rest of the season.
The 150hp class took a surprising turn whenPremier Crumanaged to take a huge lead over reigning championship leaderHydexdriven by Jak Cockman and navigated by Andy Phipps. The win was clear from the start which no doubt shook up the complacent team which trailed in their wake.
Premier Crudriven by John Wilson and navigated by Neil Scarborough once again proved it could hold its own on Sunday and showed new talent was emerging. The team took the lead yet again leavingHydrexlicking its wounds before snatching the chequered flag.
In the 225hp contest Isle on Man teamVortigernstole the top spot in a tight fight againstLings. The final bend proved crucial asLingsdriver David Cowley tried a daring stunt to outwit Michael Baggs aboardVortigern, but the leaders held them off until the end.
Finishing the weekend in the final 150hp battle wasHydrexwhich managed to pull together their competitive streak in a role reversal withPremier Crufrom the earlier race. The six boat length gap gave them a clear win as they finished leaving an incident betweenDelmarandTeam Foxbehind them which resulted inDelmarbeing pulled from the water to begin repairs. Honda F4SA prides itself on its safety and professional approach towards running such a successful series.
Commander Brian Wheeler, F4SA Race Organiser said,
“Yet again we have put on a highly successful show thanks not only to the cooperation of our fleet, but also our officials, volunteers and the help of the local authorities in Plymouth not to mention the Capt Water and Queen’s Harbour Master and the Marina at Queen Anne’s Battery.