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Greenock Glory, Delight turns to Despair

Reining World & National Champions stepped up their game at the second round of the UK Championship at the P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea. Putting on an impressive performance winning 3 out of the 4 races in rough conditions on the Clyde. Earning them a hard fought 9 point lead in the Championship in the process.

The rough conditions suiting Sam and Daisy as they were able to lean on all their knowledge gathered in training to make sure the boat was trimmed to suit the sea and waves that differed from lap to lap. They commented that Greenock will have a special place in their hearts as the location of their first ever overall win since the siblings teamed up in 2016, “the conditions were a complete contrast to the calm water here last year,  meaning this was a team effort, more emphasis on the crew than the boat which is what we love”.

An Honour Winning P1’s 500th Race

The final race of the weekend was Powerboat P1’s 500th race and the pair were delighted to take the honours winning the special 500th trophy in the process. “To be here winning this, the 500th P1 race, is an honour for us both, many great teams have stood on the top step in P1’s history, it’s an exciting time for P1 globally and we’ll continue working hard to make sure we’re part of it’s continued growth.”

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The event wasn’t without its share of drama with tough conditions leading to several incidents where boats came together resulting in penalties being issued as powerboat racing is considered a non-contact sport. It wasn’t until the Monday that the weekend was soured following a phone call to Daisy from the Officer of the Day, who has control of enforcing the racing rules, informing that he had disqualified the Colemans from the full weekend’s points in the Pertemps boat, along with the Arthur J Gallagher team, for not having sound insulating foam in the engine cowling despite the boat being deemed as fit to race by the organisers and the engine being allocated to them without it. The team are distraught over the situation and are pursuing formal appeal with the sport’s governing bodies, the RYA and the UIM.

The team are now working hard to ensure that the circumstances don’t distract their preparations heading into the penultimate round in home waters for the P1 Welsh Grand Prix of the Sea, Milford Haven, on the 15th – 16th July. The racing is free to watch from the Rath whilst the premium ticketed area on the marina promises uninterrupted viewing of the boat & jet-ski racing, high energy jet ski freestyle displays and flyboarders wowing the crowds with his flips and tricks, coverage of the racing on a big screen, live entertainment from Radio Pembrokeshire, and access to the P1 Race Village to get up close and personal with the racers. A showcase of west Wales’ most delicious refreshments & trade stands selling everything from local produce to handmade Welsh gifts and clothing. A family day out not to be missed!

With preparations already underway be sure to stay up with the latest Coleman Racing news by heading to www.colemanracing.co.uk or @racingcoleman & @p1daisy on social media.

 

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