|Scream-it.com got off to a great start at the opening rounds of the Honda Formula 4-Stroke Powerboat Championships in Torquay by finishing 6th in the overall championship table at the weekend.
Driver Richard George and navigator Nikki Sanders battled through the extremely rough sea conditions and new racing formats introduced by the Formula Four Stroke Association for this season to come 3rd in their initial 10 boat heat and 6th in the second heat of the day propelling them to 6th in the Championship and their best position to date! Severe winds forced the 225 event to be cancelled on the Sunday which meant the standings remained from Saturday.
"What a superb result for us! " explains Richard George. "Being 6th in the championship sets us up nicely for the next leg on our home turf next month. The conditions on Saturday were extremely rough with a huge swell at the far end of the course seeing us literally fly out of the water on several occasions, but we fought it and came 3rd in that heat. Although it was a tough race physically it was good to be back in the driving seat and racing again. Nikki's navigation was just superb, she has a real talent for spotting the distant initial turn mark in a rough sea. I trust her to keep us both safe when other boats are running very close at well over 60 mph in a 6 foot swell!"
"We spent the last few months practising hard on our race strategy and our cornering and it certainly paid off. We work well together in the boat and I think that showed this weekend - considering as novices this time last year in Torquay we got lapped 3 times by the winners that year! We were disappointed that Sunday's race was called off due to the weather conditions but it was the correct decision at the time."
The duo will now practice hard in the few weeks left before the Plymouth race weekend on June 14th & 15th and will also be working on the boat to ensure she remains in tip top condition as Nikki Sanders explains: "We need to get back out this week to run the boat and start practising now ahead of the next leg. Torquay was rough so let's hope the conditions in Plymouth will be kinder. We did get quite a physical battering at the weekend but apart from back ache and a few bruises we got off lightly - there were torn back ligaments and broken ribs amongst other teams!"
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