Pwllheli welcomes Honda Formula 4-Stroke comeback

Sunday's second round finds good weather following cancellation

Local powerboat enthusiasts gathered across the beach frontage at Marian y De over the weekend to see the return of the World’s largest powerboat race series after a six year absence. But with sea conditions too severe to allow good safety cover Saturday’s opening round had to be cancelled. Instead total four separate races were held on Sunday.

Racing was delayed until at 11am due to a seal on the race course. It opened with the 150hp class, Hydrex taking an early lead which soon grew a ten boat gap. The team put on maximum performance and continued in their winning style throughout the day taking two firsts home in both 150hp races.

Local team Mr. Daydream crewed by Andy Musgrave and Chris Smith who were instrumental in bringing the Honda F4SA race series back to Wales managed a good position despite being one of two rookie teams to join the 150hp fleet this season. Both crew members however missed a mark in opening race overtaking a boat whilst a yellow flag was deployed in the second.

Premier Cru pushed into second place in both 150hp races and look like becoming tough competition later in the season. In close contention were Delmar and Team Williams taking third place in each race consecutively.

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Setting a slightly faster pace for the day was the fleet of the 225hp which took to the course with fierce competition to make their first mark on the 2009 Championship standings. In a first ever victory with the F4SA series were Power of Dreams Germany.

The crew consisting of Driver Mark Neimann and Navigator Ronny Steudel repeated the winning streak in the second round achieving a wide margin over second place. Competing for second and third slots in both rounds were Vortigern and Team Williams, each filling second and third slots in both events.

The weekend rounded up with a podium prize giving outside the Pwllheli Sailing Club hosted by Commodore David Hulse and Richard Tudor World skipper of the Round the World British Steel Challenge.

The Honda Formula 4-Stroke Powerboat Race Series heads to the West Country for the next race of the 2009 season when teams will compete in the Plymouth Grand Prix on June 20-21.


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