Macdonald Mermaid really started to challenge as the race approached mid-distance, triggering some outstandingly close side-by-side racing. Taking the inside line for the end of the third lap, Mermaid made sure of the lead at the final marker buoy, although the 2011 champions did try to instantly fight back.
Third place went to Team Powertech crew Sam Whittle (Hampton Hill) and Andy Streeting (Camberley) with father and daughter Vince and Jade Berridge (Hemel Hempstead) fourth and Team 73 crew Rose Lores (Stubbington) and John Donnelly (Hampshire) fifth.
“It’s been a very exciting weekend, the water was a real challenge in the first race and that’s what we race for - it really was a lot of fun”, said David Toozs-Hobson, “The second race wasn’t so good for us, once Stuart [Cureton] was in the lead and we got in the dirty water there’s nothing you can do. There wasn’t enough of a sea to make it a driver’s race, we just had to sit there and do the best we could.”
In the second encounter for the P150s, the tables were turned at the front of the field with Team Purple hitting back to claim the win by 11 seconds from Macdonald Mermaid, the Curetons leading throughout in a far more sedate affair.
“We were leading from the start in race one but Mermaid just got inside us and pulled away, we could catch on the straight but on the rough stuff it wasn’t possible to do anything”, said Stuart Cureton, “For the second one, we’d burnt some fuel off so the balance of the boat had changed – it’s great to take a win from the weekend.” The fight for the final podium place was between Team 73 and Black Magic with the latter closing up
massively during the last couple of laps. The Berridges edged ahead onto the final tour of the course although Rose Lores had a smoother line and so looked to re-pass for third. The battle raged right to the finish with Black Magic just taking the coveted place on the podium by a couple of seconds.
With a win each for Team Purple and Macdonald Mermaid, the overall Hull Grand Prix of the Sea victory in P150 was claimed by the reigning champions by virtue of setting the fastest lap time of 2m45.21 seconds compared to Mermaid’s best of 2m45.83 seconds.
P1 SuperStock will be back in action four weeks from now with the third round of the season, the Eastbourne Grand Prix of the Sea, set to take place on 14/15 July.
P1 SuperStock Championship – P1 150 Class Round 2/Heat 1 Provisional Result:
1 Macdonald Mermaid (Dave/Kirsty Toosz-Hobson); 2 Team Purple (Stuart/Sara Cureton); 3 Team
Powertech (Sam Whittle/Andy Streeting); 4 Black Magic (Vincent/Jade Berridge); 5 Team 73 (Rose
Lores/John Donnelly); DNF Pertemps Mission Motorsport (Mark Neale/Alex Strong)
P1 SuperStock Championship – P1 150 Class Round 2/Heat 2 Provisional Result:
1 Team Purple; 2 Macdonald Mermaid; 3 Black Magic; 4 Team 73; DNF Team Powertech; DNS
Pertemps Mission Motorsport