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Pertemps clinch title and Milford Waterfront win on local waters

The hometown boat won the event, the race leaders sealed the title and a returning driver won a double on an action-packed weekend at the 2017 Welsh Grand Prix of the Sea.

Milford Haven’s debut weekend on the P1 calendar was awash with spectacular food, fans and, most importantly, racing.

An outstanding performance on Saturday gave Milford Waterfront a resounding event lead after winning all three races on day one, giving themselves an outside chance of taking the overall title.

Their nearest rivals at the end of Saturday was reigning champions Pertemps having clinched three second-place finishes.

While the local team were jubilant, both Arthur J Gallagher and Spirit of Inverclyde had their days finish early following technical issues during the opening race.

Arthur J Gallagher entered Wales without their usual driver David Taft and their frustrating Saturday wouldn’t have helped their mood, but the man behind the wheel for this weekend, John Donnelly, flew out of the blocks to win the first heat on Sunday.

Pertemps were never threatened in second and Milford Waterfront claimed third after fighting back from a slow start which saw them round the first corner in fifth.

Experience Kissimmee were quick to get going but were struck with mechanical problems which ended their pursuit; they resiliently finished race four and six despite their issues continuing throughout the day.

The strong performance on Sunday by Arthur J Gallagher showed no signs of slowing when they hit the front early in race five and never looked back.

Pertemps’ Sam and Daisy Coleman moved one step closer to taking top spot in the overall standings with another second-place finish while Milford Waterfront rounded off the top three yet again.

The last race of the UK Championship series was a tactical affair as Arthur J Gallagher once again sprinted into the lead but it later proved futile as they ran out of fuel with a couple of laps remaining - subsequently leaving the boat below the minimum weight limit leading to a post-race disqualification.

Courtesy of Arthur J Gallagher’s withdrawal, Milford Waterfront were victorious in the finale to clinch the weekend’s top podium spot.

Spirit of Inverclyde rounded off their debut campaign with second in the final race, their highest ever finish, whilst Pertemps nursed their boat home in last place knowing they would retain their SuperStock UK title if they completed the race.

Pickfords produced their best result of the season to claim third on the podium, with it tying for third on points in the championship standings alongside Experience Kissimmee, who endured a day of mechanical issues that forced them to limp round with the aim of completing enough laps to pick up points.

It was a particularly impressive feat considering they had suffered major damage to their boat in a collision with South Street last time out in Greenock just two weeks ago.

Typhoo remained consistent throughout the weekend to finish fourth, pushing them up the table into a narrow 5th placed finish just two points back.

An incredibly enthralling UK SuperStock series has come to an end with every teams able to look back fondly at their achievements with a passion to come back better for what will be a close 2018 competition.

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The hometown boat won the event, the race leaders sealed the title and a returning driver won a double on an action-packed weekend at the 2017 Welsh Grand Prix of the Sea.

The P1 Superstock UK Championship returns to Milford Haven, Wales on 15-16 July to provide thrills and spills once more in Pembrokeshire.

Saturday 15th July

10:00 - 10:30 AQUA X SPRINT- JUNIOR PRACTIC + RACE 1
10:30 - 11:00 AQUA X SPRINT – SPARK / EX PRACTICE +RACE 1
11:00 - 11:30 AQUA X SPRINT – SKI PRACTICE + RACE 1
11:30 - 11:45 FREESTYLE
12:00 - 13:00 AQUA X ENDURO PRACTICE + RACE 1
13:15 - 13:45 SUPERSTOCK RACE 1
13:45 - 14:00 FREESTYLE
14:00 - 14:30 SUPERSTOCK RACE 2
14:30 - 14:45 OBAN CHALLENGE
14:45 - 15:00 AQUA X SPRINT – JUNIORS RACE 2
15:00 - 15:15 AQUA X SPRINT – SKI RACE 2
15:15 - 15:45 AQUA X SPRINT – SPARK / EX RACE 2
15:45 - 16:00 FREESTYLE
16:00 - 16:30 AQUA X ENDURO
16:30 - 17:00 SUPERSTOCK RACE 3 + DRIVE BY
17:00 - 17:15 FREESTYLE

Sunday 16th July

10:30 - 10:50 AQUA X SPRINT – JUNIOR + RACE 3
10:50 - 11:10 AQUA X SPRINT – SPARK/ EX RACE 3
11:10 - 11:30 AQUA X SPRINT – SKI RACE 3
11:30 - 11:45 FRESTYLE
12:00 - 12:30 SUPERSTOCK RACE 4
12:30 - 13:00 SUPERSTOCK RACE 5
13:00 - 13:15 FREESTYLE
13:15 - 13:45 AQUA X ENDURO
13:45 - 14:00 FREESTYLE
14:00 - 14:20 AQUA X SPRINT – JUNIOR RACE 4
14:20 - 14:40 AQUA X SPRINT – SKI RACE 4
14:40 - 15:00 AQUA X SPRINT – SPART / EX RACE 4
15:00 - 15:15 OBAN CHALLENGE
15:15 - 15:30 FREESTYLE
15:30 - 16:00 SUPERSTOCK RACE 6 & DRIVE BY

P1 Superstock UK Heat Results for:Milford Haven
Heat 1 Results Date: Sat 15 Jul 2017
Round: 3 Heat 1
Class: P1 Panther 250 UK P1 Panther 250 UK
Race Distance: 17.2 nm Laps: 10
Pos # Team Driver Navigator Time Avg Kts Avg MPH Avg KPH Pts
1st 28 Milford Waterfront Andrew Foster Charles Morris 00:19:47 52.17 60.03 96.61 20
2nd 01 Pertemps Network Sam Coleman Daisy Coleman 00:19:55 51.82 59.63 95.96 17
3rd 926 Experience Kissimmee Racing Team Neil Jackson Jason Jackson 00:20:00 51.60 59.38 95.56 15
4th 08 PickfordsFX powered by TorFX Lee Norvall Glynn Norvall 00:21:12 48.68 56.02 90.15 14
5th 00 Typhoo Kevin Hunt Carl Turner 00:21:23 48.26 55.54 89.38 13
6th 82 Inverclyde David Finlayson Ashleigh Finlayson Retired 0.00 0.00 0.00 -
7th 90 Arthur J Gallagher John Donnelly Andy Cousins Retired 0.00 0.00 0.00 -
Heat 2 Results Date: Sat 15 Jul 2017
Round: 3 Heat 2
Class: P1 Panther 250 UK P1 Panther 250 UK
Race Distance: 20.64 nm Laps: 12
Pos # Team Driver Navigator Time Avg Kts Avg MPH Avg KPH Pts
1st 28 Milford Waterfront Andrew Foster Charles Morris 00:23:26 52.85 60.82 97.87 20
2nd 01 Pertemps Network Sam Coleman Daisy Coleman 00:23:43 52.22 60.09 96.70 17
3rd 926 Experience Kissimmee Racing Team Neil Jackson Jason Jackson 00:24:09 51.28 59.01 94.97 15
4th 08 PickfordsFX powered by TorFX Lee Norvall Glynn Norvall 00:24:27 50.65 58.29 93.80 14
5th 00 Typhoo Kevin Hunt Carl Turner 00:24:38 50.27 57.85 93.11 13
6th 82 Inverclyde David Finlayson Ashleigh Finlayson Did Not Start 0.00 0.00 0.00 -
7th 90 Arthur J Gallagher John Donnelly Andy Cousins Did Not Start 0.00 0.00 0.00 -
Heat 3 Results Date: Sat 15 Jul 2017
Round: 3 Heat 3
Class: P1 Panther 250 UK P1 Panther 250 UK
Race Distance: 18.4 nm Laps: 11
Pos # Team Driver Navigator Time Avg Kts Avg MPH Avg KPH Pts
1st 28 Milford Waterfront Andrew Foster Charles Morris 00:21:12 52.08 59.93 96.44 20
2nd 01 Pertemps Network Sam Coleman Daisy Coleman 00:21:27 51.47 59.23 95.32 17
3rd 08 PickfordsFX powered by TorFX Lee Norvall Glynn Norvall 00:22:23 49.32 56.76 91.35 15
4th 00 Typhoo Kevin Hunt Carl Turner 00:22:38 48.78 56.13 90.34 14
5th 926 Experience Kissimmee Racing Team Neil Jackson Jason Jackson Retired 0.00 0.00 0.00 -
6th 82 Inverclyde David Finlayson Ashleigh Finlayson Did Not Start 0.00 0.00 0.00 -
7th 90 Arthur J Gallagher John Donnelly Andy Cousins Did Not Start 0.00 0.00 0.00 -
Heat 4 Results Date: Sun 16 Jul 2017
Round: 3 Heat 4
Class: P1 Panther 250 UK P1 Panther 250 UK
Race Distance: 20.64 nm Laps: 12
Pos # Team Driver Navigator Time Avg Kts Avg MPH Avg KPH Pts
1st 90 Arthur J Gallagher John Donnelly Andy Cousins 00:22:28 55.12 63.43 102.09 20
2nd 01 Pertemps Network Sam Coleman Daisy Coleman 00:22:45 54.44 62.64 100.81 17
3rd 28 Milford Waterfront Andrew Foster Charles Morris 00:22:55 54.04 62.19 100.08 15
4th 82 Inverclyde David Finlayson Ashleigh Finlayson 00:23:04 53.69 61.78 99.43 14
5th 08 PickfordsFX powered by TorFX Lee Norvall Glynn Norvall 00:23:31 52.66 60.60 97.53 13
6th 00 Typhoo Kevin Hunt Carl Turner 00:23:46 52.11 59.96 96.50 12
7th 926 Experience Kissimmee Racing Team Neil Jackson Jason Jackson 00:24:48 37.45 43.10 69.36 11
Heat 5 Results Date: Sun 16 Jul 2017
Round: 3 Heat 5
Class: P1 Panther 250 UK P1 Panther 250 UK
Race Distance: 20.64 nm Laps: 12
Pos # Team Driver Navigator Time Avg Kts Avg MPH Avg KPH Pts
1st 90 Arthur J Gallagher John Donnelly Andy Cousins 00:22:46 54.40 62.60 100.74 20
2nd 01 Pertemps Network Sam Coleman Daisy Coleman 00:23:00 53.84 61.96 99.72 17
3rd 28 Milford Waterfront Andrew Foster Charles Morris 00:23:02 53.77 61.87 99.57 15
4th 82 Inverclyde David Finlayson Ashleigh Finlayson 00:23:38 52.40 60.30 97.05 14
5th 08 PickfordsFX powered by TorFX Lee Norvall Glynn Norvall 00:23:48 52.03 59.88 96.37 13
6th 00 Typhoo Kevin Hunt Carl Turner 00:24:00 51.60 59.38 95.56 12
7th 926 Experience Kissimmee Racing Team Neil Jackson Jason Jackson Retired 0.00 0.00 0.00 -
Heat 6 Results Date: Sun 16 Jul 2017
Round: 3 Heat 6
Class: P1 Panther 250 UK P1 Panther 250 UK
Race Distance: 20.64 nm Laps: 12
Pos # Team Driver Navigator Time Avg Kts Avg MPH Avg KPH Pts
1st 28 Milford Waterfront Andrew Foster Charles Morris 00:22:50 54.24 62.41 100.45 20
2nd 82 Inverclyde David Finlayson Ashleigh Finlayson 00:23:10 53.46 61.52 99.00 17
3rd 08 PickfordsFX powered by TorFX Lee Norvall Glynn Norvall 00:23:22 53.00 60.99 98.15 15
4th 00 Typhoo Kevin Hunt Carl Turner 00:23:29 52.74 60.69 97.67 14
5th 01 Pertemps Network Sam Coleman Daisy Coleman 00:24:09 47.01 54.09 87.06 13
6th 926 Experience Kissimmee Racing Team Neil Jackson Jason Jackson 00:26:12 39.39 45.33 72.95 12
7th 90 Arthur J Gallagher John Donnelly Andy Cousins Retired 0.00 0.00 0.00 -
P1 Superstock UK Standings
Pos # Team Aalborg Greenock Milford Haven Scarborough Pts
1st 01 Pertemps Network 74 75 98 - 247
2nd 28 Milford Waterfront 63 69 110 - 242
3rd 926 Experience Kissimmee Racing Team 63 58 53 - 174
4th 08 PickfordsFX powered by TorFX 53 37 84 - 174
5th 00 Typhoo 50 44 78 - 172
6th 82 Inverclyde 53 53 45 - 151
7th 07 Platinum Products 80 60 - - 140
8th 90 Arthur J Gallagher 48 42 40 - 130
9th 69 South Street 48 - - - 48
10th 13 Rawbank Racing - - - - 0

On 15–16 July, P1 SuperStock heads to Milford Haven for the another fast and furious round of powerboat racing.

P1 SuperStock UK heads back to Wales for the fourth successive year in July, with the action moving from Cardiff to the Port of Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire, the country’s busiest trade gateway and the UK’s biggest energy port. Plans are in place to make it a world class destination for industry and leisure, and the P1 Grand Prix of the Sea will join a busy calendar of events at Milford Waterfront, a multi-million pound regeneration project aimed at revitalising the marina and docks.

Neil Jenkins, Destination Director at the Port of Milford Haven, says: “Pembrokeshire is already known for hosting world class adrenalin-fuelled events, so the P1 race series is the perfect match for us. When teams and spectators need to catch their breath, Milford Waterfront, with its great cafes, bars and restaurants which overlook the course, will be a perfect focal point for all the pre- and post-race activities.”

Milford Haven is situated on the north side of the Milford Haven Waterway, an estuary forming a natural harbour that has been used as a port since the Middle Ages. The town was founded in 1790 on the north side of the Waterway, from which it takes its name. Designed to a grid pattern, it was originally intended by the founder, Sir William Hamilton, to be a whaling centre, though by 1800 it was developing as a Royal Navy dockyard which it remained until the dockyard was transferred to Pembroke in 1814. It then became a commercial dock, with the focus moving in the 1960s, after the construction of an oil refinery built by the Esso Company, to logistics for fuel oil and liquid gas. By 2010 the town's port has become the fourth largest in the United Kingdom in terms of tonnage, and plays an important role in the United Kingdom's energy sector with several oil refineries and one of the biggest LNG terminals in the world.

Milford is the second largest settlement in Pembrokeshire, with a population of 12,830; while the 13,086 people in its community boundaries make it the most populous in the county. As a Welsh local government community, Milford takes in the town of Milford itself and its suburbs, including Hakin, Hubberston, Liddeston, and Steynton.

The natural harbour of the Haven was known as a safe port and was exploited for several historical military operations throughout the second millennium. Campaigns conducted from the Haven included part of Henry II's Invasion of Ireland in 1171 and Cromwell's own attack on Ireland in 1649, while forces which have disembarked at the point include Jean II de Rieux's 1405 reinforcement of the Glyndr Rising. In 1485, Henry VII landed at the Milford Haven Waterway before marching on to England.

VIP and Standard tickets are now live at https://www.milfordwaterfront.co.uk/p1-powerboat-jet-ski-racing/