Following the inaugural P1 SuperStock round at Jersey at the end of May, Birmingham’s John Wilson made powerboat racing history by becoming the first ever winner in the new P1 Panther 250 boat and the Coleshill businessman did it in style with two wins on the same day at the Peters & May Jersey Grand Prix of the Sea. Wilson’s Premier Cru boat was the class of the SuperStock field in race one, taking a flag to flag win, whilst he inherited the lead by the retirement of Edox with five laps to go in race two.
Promoter Powerboat P1 saw eight new 250hp Panther boats take to the startline as the inaugural race for the new boat got underway ahead of its debut in the USA in a few weeks time. “The Panther has been awesome and has run without any major problems, just a few small things that I know we’ll get sorted as we go along”, commented Wilson.
The races in Jersey’s beautiful St Aubin’s Bay also saw the new Typhoo team’s debut and the famous tea brand’s boat came away second in the points after driver Andy Wilby (Fleet) and navigator Jonny Allbut (Southampton) scored second and third placings in the two races.
Championship regulars were shocked by the stunning performance of rookie Team 88 of Simon Bayles (Battersea) and Philippa Baker (Kensington) who finished second in race two after a highly creditable fifth in their first ever race.
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