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Edition No. 216

Date:- 29 August 2005

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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 teams.

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 Company.

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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