Pickfords take the double
Dean was never headed in either of the 20 minute races, held in bright Autumn sunshine in the Olympic venue of Weymouth Bay. The 21 year old from Southampton virtually wrapped up his first national powerboat racing title with two races still left to run tomorrow.
"I just kept my foot hard down on the throttle and focussed on keeping top speed as high as possible on the flat water. It’s always a great feeling to win but this is a special moment as it means I can now win titles on both land and water", said the 2010 FIA Formula Two World Champion.
Dean and co-pilot Dean Paling have now won a record nine P1 SuperStock UK races in total but can push that total into double figures tomorrow.
Behind the winners was some of the closest racing of the season between Edox crew Ian Brusby/Will Nurse and the Pertemps pair John Wilson and Major Nigel Hindmarsh for second place. In the race one Edox just edged Pertemps out but in race two out going champion Wilson turned the tables on Brusby and secured the placing.
Typhoo shadowed the battling Pertemps and Edox but Miles Jennings and Andy Wilby were never close enough to mount a challenge so had to be content with a brace of fourth places.
In race two there was another very close finish with Peters & May Racing nipping in front of IFX to snatch fifth place as the two boats rounded the final mark.
1. Pickfords 100; 2. Edox 76; 3. Typhoo 73; 4. Pertemps 69; 5. IFX Racing 64; 6. Oval Insurance 59; 7. Palu 57; 8. Peters & May Racing 53.