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Scream pleased with home performance.
Posted On: 30 Jun 2008 - 19:19
Courtesy of put on their best performance to date at the weekend in the Honda Formula Four Stroke Powerboat Championships. Driver Richard George and Navigator Nikki Sanders grabbed a well deserved win in their group on Saturday and a 2nd and 5th placing in Sunday's races saw them proudly get 2nd place overall on the championship podiums on Sunday and securing second place in the overall series.

"What a weekend this has been for us!" explains driver Richard George. "We were determined to go out there and do well in front of our home crowd. So after getting the perfect start in Saturday's race, leading the pack by at least a quarter of a mile for the majority of the race and coming first we were really fired up for Sunday."

After racing in slit pools on Saturday, Sunday's race finals saw all the 225 teams racing together once in the morning and then again in the afternoon but with the fleet split into 2 start runs - the second line up being 150 yards behind the first one. The line up was then reversed for the second race to give all boats an equal chance to get valuable points.

"Sunday was the real test for us racing alongside 18 other boats who were all as determined as we were to get to the first turn buoy. In the first race we were in the front start line and broke ahead of the pack to be neck and neck with Negotiator but they beat us at the first turn buoy and we could not catch them but we did hold off the rest of the fleet to grab 2nd position which we were overjoyed with."

Race 2 with the start lines reversed and this time in the back run meant that the duo really had to pull out all the stops to get a top ten position in this race. But as Nikki explains:
"We knew that the water would be messy from the boats in front and that it was going to be a challenging and tactical race from the outset but we got another good start which put us up with the front runners. In the midst of our battle with Team Williams on the 4th lap another boat hit my side hard at high speed and just stopped 20 inches from my head which really shook us up. But Richard brought the boat back under control within seconds and we sped away and got ourselves right back up with Williams again who just caught us on the last lap!" now go into the 3rd leg of the championships on 26th & 27th July in Lowestoft in 2nd position overall. The boat is in for repairs to the damage from the hit it took but as soon as she is fixed the pair will head straight back out to the Sound to practice hard before Lowestoft.

"What a great start to the season we have had, this is only our second season but we really have proved ourselves this weekend in Plymouth and I think the other teams view us as a real threat now so Lowestoft will be interesting!" concludes Richard George.

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