Rough and tumble on the Mersey

Seventh round of the Honda Formula 4-Stroke series proves one of the toughest

The seventh round of the Honda Formula 4-Stroke championship on the River Mersey on Saturday was one of the most exciting in the series nine year history.

High winds over the tide built a sizable sea forcing the opening heat of the 150hp sub-division to be terminated after only three laps, the winning result going to the visiting New Zealand champions, Mike Smith and Mat Hopkins driving NZ 1. The organisers then had to decide if the larger 250hp group could handle the conditions before finally going ahead.

It was the German team of Mark Niemann and Ronny Steudel aboard Power of Dreams that took the early lead in the rough. But within two laps were passed by Team Williams, an outfit driven by local brothers, Scott and Ken Williams. It proved a popular result

Defending 225hp champions, Gavin Parsonage and Nathan Libby aboard Negotiator, were no match in these conditions although a second placing maintains their position at the head of the current 225hp points table.