Crowds flocked to the South Bay to take in the first P1 SuperStock UK Championship to visit Scarborough.
It took a ‘fastest lap decider’ for the Flying Panther crew of Nick Williams and Martin Robinson to snatch victory in the opening round of this season’s championship after they finished the four-race weekend level on points with Allam Marine.
P1’s first ever visit to Scarborough attracted a big crowd to the picturesque South Bay as the fleet of 11 boats engaged battle in the Yorkshire sunshine.
Arran Scott put the disappointments of last season behind him as he established an impressive new partnership with navigator Gavin Feldt.
Williams and Robinson showed the form that took them to the runner-up spot last season and the Buckinghamshire duo look capable of going one better this year.
Mechanical failures meant that it was a hugely disappointing weekend for reigning SuperStock champions James Norvill and Charlie Parsons-Young in their GD Environmental boat, and they will be hoping for better luck in Jacksonville next weekend when they begin the defence of their USA title.
The husband and wife crew of David Toozs-Hobson were delighted with their third place finish as they opened their 2015 campaign in the Pickfords Racing boat.
Gosport will host the second round of the five-venue race series in six weeks’ time.
Dale Power Solutions P1 Scarborough Grand Prix of the Sea SuperStock Results: Round 1
1) Flying Panther (won by recording fastest lap)
2) Allam Marine
3) Pickfords Racing.
See more on the P1 SuperStock UK Championship on pages six and seven of this week’s Scarborough News