Season opener at Torquay

New race format for opening round this w/e

With only days to go until the launch of the 2008 Honda Formula 4-Stroke series in Torquay on May 24-25, final arrangements are being put together for the biggest and most exciting racing season yet. The Honda F4SA announced a new race schedule in March, the first since the start of the series in 1999.
Due to the new changes the crowds will see more high speed racing than ever before as both the 150hp and 225hp classes put on a giant show.

“We have received some fantastic support from the Tourist Board in Torquay this year, I am sure that this event is going to be the bench mark by which we set our standards for the rest of 2008. The fleet has had a huge change around since 2007 and crowds can expect to see quite a few new boats on the water which will no doubt make for some show stopping racing,” said Steve Curtis MBE, Honda F4SA Director. It was May 29, 1999, when the Honda series made its debut in Torquay. The popular sport made such an impact that the series has returned on a number of occasions since, attracting large crowds who gather to witness the action-packed weekend.

Aviva Pearson, Director of Tourism said: “We are thrilled that the organisers have again chosen the English Riviera as the first stop on their season’s calendar. The Bay has enjoyed a long and distinguished relationship with power boat racing over the years, helped enormously by our stunning natural setting. Spectators can get breathtakingly close to the action out on Haldon Pier, complimented by a Bank Holiday bonanza of shore side activities for all the family, including live music, Honda attractions and the Continental Market. It’s the perfect start to our summer season.