Vector Martini breaks three speed records at Coniston

Coniston Powerboat Record Week saw the Vector Martini team break three speed records, with a top speed of 120.46mph

Vector Martini blitzed the competition at last week’s Coniston Powerboat Record Week (November 2-6) and emerged with three new records under their belts.

Mal Crease, Peter Dredge, Shelley Jory-Leigh and Simon Powell all tasted victory in the Lake District over the course of the five-day event.

First to break a record was Vector CEO Mal Crease, who reached a top speed of 113mph to shatter the previous best of 107.94mph in the British National Immersed Propeller class – a record that has stood since 2011.

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However, his record wasn’t to last long, with team-mate Shelley Jory-Leigh going one better by clocking a top speed of 114.5mph in the same Vector V40R raceboat.

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What’s more, Simon Powell capped off a fine week by breaking the APBA Marathon A Class Record with a top speed of 120.46mph.

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All three record runs were co-piloted by Vector co-founder Peter Dredge, who remarked afterwards that the location made these records extra-special:

I have broken many records in my 25 years of racing, but this is a special moment for the team to be breaking records on Lake Coniston.

“It is the lake where Donald Campbell CBE, an inspiration to all powerboat racing enthusiasts, made his final record attempts nearly 50 years ago.”

The Vector Martini V40R raceboat is powered by 1,100hp Mercury QC4v engines and has a maximum range of 400 nautical miles.

Malcolm Crease, CEO Vector World, added: “It is a magical experience to be a part of breaking records on Coniston in the company of so many established World Record holders, and our sincere thanks goes to our partners and support crew who worked tirelessly to keep the Martini Rosso running throughout.”

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