Honda HF4S Racing Series, Liverpool Grand Prix
Report and photographs by David Evens
THE event was
held over 2 days and including 2 rounds of the offshore HF4S
4-Stroke Championship’ rounds 7 & 8, only 10 rounds in the series,
next is the Guernsey on September 14. This was the first time this
race has come to Liverpool, and a packed waterfront crowd attended
both days, which included a show by the Honda stunt plane and Jetski
2 classes of racing took place, 2 rounds of the 150HP championship
and 2 off the 225HP. Conditions were ideal on both days for the
close and exciting racing. In the 225 class powered by
V6-3.5litreVTec engines, the number 10 boat driven by Mel Streek and
navigator Martin Marsh, suffered a dramatic high speed flip over
with the driver being knocked out and suffering cracked ribs and
bruising about his shoulder. This was the 2nd time he has suffered
the same fate, the last being in the last round at the Isle of Man.
He was quickly recovered from the water by the rescue boat. There
boat suffered damage but was repaired for Sundays final race with
reserve driver taking Mel’s Place. The crowd cheered them home to a
points finish good luck to them in the next round.
All girl crew in the number 7 boat in the team Raymarine craft 225
missed the first marker buoy in the first race, but took the 2nd in
the 2nd race on Sunday in a neck and neck finish with winners
Negotiator, boat 50, driven by Gavin Parsonage and navigator Nathan
Libby. 3rd place in the 225 class was boat 2 Warmup, driven by Jack
Glendinning and Simon Bucknell.
Prize giving was in the Salthopuse dock and champagne and trophy’s
were presented by Lee Forde head of events for Liverpool Culture
The event will run again next year, with all teams and crews saying
they had a brilliant time, and that the crowds were the best they
have ever had.
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