For Immediate Release
POWERBOAT P1 ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER CELEBRATES 2007 WORLD CHAMPIONS
The Powerboat P1 World Championship Annual Awards Dinner took place recently at the Landmark Hotel, Marylebone, in London’s West End, attended by more than 200 guests from across the globe. Powerboat P1's Managing Director, Jim O'Toole, welcomed teams and guests and outlined plans for the 2008 season, including an exciting mix of new and established venues spanning three continents.
With TV color commentator and Master of Ceremonies, Tiff Needell, the elegant 4-course dinner was peppered with witty remarks on the season’s events. The most moving moment of the evening was the presentation of the new “Spirit of P1” trophy, awarded in memory of deceased pilot Sergio Carpentieri. The first recipient of this prestigious award was Peter Cox, Race Course Official, for his heroic actions following the accident in Germany when Sergio lost his life. The award, which notes unselfish actions which strengthen the camaraderie of P1, was accompanied by a full minute’s emotional applause.
Another first-time trophy was the “Host City of the Year “award, recognizing warmth, enthusiasm, infrastructure and organizational skills that contributed to staging a world class event. The trophy was given to Portimao, Portugal, which will host the September 26-28, 2008 Grand Prix of the Sea.
The “P1 Moment of the Year” award, noting a “pure adrenaline” experience, was given to Sun Lik Beer. Though the team hung tentatively on a precarious wake during the Belgian Grand Prix of the Sea, they recovered and finished the event safely and in one piece.
The Chaudron “Racing Project” Team swept the SuperSport Class awards after a hard-fought and fiercely competitive season; The King of Shaves Fountain team likewise reaped its share of honors in the Evolution Class for 5 wins in their debut season.
The full roster of the Powerboat P1 World Championship 2007 Annual Awards follows:
Host City of the Year:
P1 'Moment' of 2007:
SUN LIK BEER
Evolution Engine Builder of the Year:
ILMOR MARINE ENGINES
The SuperSport Engine Builder of the Year:
Evolution Boat Builder of the Year:
SuperSport Boat Builder of the Year:
Most Improved Team:
SuperSport Navigator of the Year:
UGO PELLEGRINO of RACING PROJECT
SuperSport Driver of the Year:
FABIO MAGNANI of RACING PROJECT
SuperSport Throttleman of the Year:
ANGELO TEDESCHI of RACING PROJECT
Evolution Navigator of the Year:
STEFANO BONANNO of TEAM METAMARINE CORSE
Evolution Driver of the Year:
JAMES SHEPPARD of KING OF SHAVES
Evolution Throttleman of the Year:
CRAIG WILSON of KING OF SHAVES
The 'Spirit of P1' Award:
Sponsor of the Year Award:
Powerboat P1 SuperSport 3rd Place:
MIKE SHELTON and JACKIE HUNT of EXTREMEBOAT
Powerboat P1 SuperSport 2nd Place:
JAN FALKOWSKI and DREW LANGDON of BULLET RACING
Powerboat P1 SuperSport World Champions:
UGO PELLEGRINO, FABIO MAGNANI and ANGELO TEDESCHI of RACING PROJECT
Powerboat P1 Evolution 3rd Place:
NIGEL HOOK, JOSEPH SGRO and MICHAEL FIORE of OUTERLIMITS POWERBOATS
Powerboat P1 Evolution 2nd Place:
GIANCARLO CANGIANO and GIOVANNI CARPITELLA of OSG RACING
Powerboat P1 Evolution World Champions:
CRAIG WILSON and JAMES SHEPPARD of FOUNTAIN WORLDWIDE
For further information or high resolution photography, visit www.powerboatp1.com.
Photos and captions available upon request follow:
1. Robert Wicks, Powerboat P1 Sales & Marketing Director, with the celebrating Powerboat P1 SuperSport Class World Championship Italian Racing Project team. The trio also claimed SuperSport Navigator, Driver and Throttleman of the Year awards.
2. Jim O'Toole, Powerboat P1 Managing Director, with the Powerboat P1 Evolution class World Champions James Sheppard (left) and Craig Wilson (right). The Fountain Worldwide duo also claimed the Evolution Driver and Throttleman of the Year awards..
3. The P1 'Host City of the Year' award for Portimao, Portugal, accepted by P1's local promoter, Jaime *****ca (left), from P1 owner Asif Rangoonwala. (right) The 2008 Powerboat P1 Portuguese Grand Prix of the Sea will take place September 26th-28th.
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