Norwegian brothers in Goldfish RIB still ahead

Although Austrian Hannes Bohinc maintains his place among the leaders of the 2008 Round Britain Race, others are snapping at his stern.

Driving his 1700hp Wettpunkt.com, the Austrian was first to cream into port at the end of the fourth leg between Bangor NI and the Scottish town of Oban.

He covered the 128 statue course in 1hr 43min 5secs representing an average speed of 75.69mph but crossing the line in sixth place came the Greek entered triple engined Blue FPT driven by Vassilis Pateras.

Although significant, her it is her overall performance which counts.

The Greek boat has finished high on all legs so far covered whereas Wettpunkt.com failed t finish the opening run last Saturday between Portsmouth and Plymouth.

When the scores are finally calculated it could be Blue FPT which has the better elapsed time.

Today race was a benefit for the visitors with the second finishing slot filled by yet international team, this time Norwegian.

Lionhead, a Norwegian Rib driven by Pal Solle, took only three minutes longer than the winner to cross the Irish Sea averaging an impressive 73.58mph.

She was followed a little over two minutes later by Andy Macateer in Venturer at 72.10mph.

The section of the race between Fort William and Inverness on Wednesday will be covered a much slower pace.

Craft will transverse Scotland either via the Caledonian Canal or road trailer in readiness for the sixth leg between Inverness and Edinburgh taking place on Friday.