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Old 08-25-2007, 02:18 PM
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LUCAS OIL OUTERLIMITS OFFSHORE RACING TEAM
TAKES FIRST PLACE IN FIRST RACE IN COWES

Cowes, England, known for its history of rough water sail and powerboat racing, was unusually calm on Friday, as the Powerboat P1 Grand Prix of the Sea returned for its third season in this quaint sea-side tourist town.

Eight boats in the Evolution class set out to do 7 laps of the beach-front short course before the endurance portion of the Friday race, to include a circumvention of the Isle of Wight. (Total of 83.65 nautical miles.) In a confused start, reminiscent of the Naples race, the Lucas Oil Outerlimits boat was squeezed between two other boats, slowed to avoid a collision and got soaked while driving through other boats’ rooster tails. With Joe Sgro driving and Nigel Hook, throttling, and team set out around the course. They worked their way from 5th place to second, passing two of the Italian teams, Fainplast and OSG, and the Austrian team, Wettpunkt.com. The Lucas Oil Outerlimits team held that standing as they set out around the island for the endurance run.

Though the team had set a course lap record in the 6th lap, Hook and Sgro worked to balance their effort to overtake their competitors and stay within the 87 mph speed limit set by Powerboat P1 rules. As the boats emerged for the final straight-away run along the beach, a strange situation occurred, as several boats slowed down, caught between trying to win the race and staying within the speed restrictions. While Fainplast sped across the finish, Lucas Oil Outerlimits and King of Shaves came in neck-in-neck, with the OSG who had lost power steering in the second lap, just behind.

The podium celebration was postponed until after the Sunday race, while the timing and penalty situation was assessed by Powerboat P1 officials. On Saturday, the official results were announced with the Lucas Oil Outerlimits team taking first, followed by King of Shaves and the OSG Donzi in third. Though Fainplast had been given the checkered flag at the end of the race, the team was assessed a 3-minute penalty for breaking out of the speed limit average.

The sprint race will take place on Sunday, with the Evolution Class doing a 12-lap race of 53.95 nautical miles.
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What kind of crap are the imposing over there? Its a race, not a slow down not to break out race. Get real. A bayliner could race like that. If its going to be a slow race don"t ever bother posting.
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bracket racing baby...
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Powerboat P1 British Grand Prix: Outerlimits secure first US win at Cowes
Friday, 24 August 2007

The Mercury-powered Lucas Oil Outerlimits boat of Joe Sgro and Nigel Hook took the chequered flag in today’s first leg of the P1 British Grand Prix, the historic Round the Island race, followed just a half boat-length away by its arch rivals King of Shaves, with Italian’s OSG in third. The result was a much-needed boost for the team whose season has been a mixture of great racing and misfortune.

With calm waters making for high speed racing around the Island, these high-speed racing craft were able to drive flat-out which, as they neared the chequered flag, put many above the average top-speed limit, implemented for safety reasons. As a result, the racing spectacle became somewhat confusing as the lead boats slowed before the chequered flag to avoid time penalties. It was probably inevitable after the fast and furious early pace.

The unusual ending just added to the drama of a race that had been intensely competitive throughout. The early series of circuit laps, before the boats embarked upon the circumnavigation of the island, had seen King of Shaves take the lead from the off with most of the field in close contention. Wettpunkt.com were forced out early with a blown turbine leaving Outerlimits, OSG and Fainplast to contest the lead, and they did in thrilling fashion. At St Katherine’s, the halfway point, three boats, the British King of Shaves, American Outerlimits and Italian OSG passed almost in a dead heat - a stunning sight by the World’s fastest mono-hulls and further proof of the competitiveness of the Evolution class.

Italians Fainplast were first to take the chequered flag but a time penalty, imposed for exceeding the top average speed limit demoted them to fourth. King of Shaves Fountain Worldwide still lead the Evolution class by 90 points.

2007 UIM Powerboat P1 World Championship
British Grand Prix of the Sea - Round One - Evolution Result

Pos. - No. - Boat Name - Pts.

1. - 97 – Lucas Oil Outerlimits - 100
2. - 99 – King of Shaves - 80
3. - 88 – OSG - 60
4. - 64 - Fainplast – 50
5. - 90 - Kiton – 40

57 - Limmi - DNF
59 – Way to Happiness - DNF
81 – Wettpunkt.com - DNF
76 - Searex - DSQ

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yea haaa big deal why doint they come back to real racing in the usa . that a cruse show ..who cares !
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What kind of crap are the imposing over there? Its a race, not a slow down not to break out race. Get real. A bayliner could race like that. If its going to be a slow race don"t ever bother posting.
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I was really wondering which side lacked any class and would try to post embellished reports of contrived results.

Fact is they all slowed down, stopped, drew straws to see who won and idled across the finish line.

What a decent person with any respect for their fans should have done here is show some respect for the fact that A. The truth always comes out and B. The only bragging that should have been done would be about the actual racing that took place prior to the stop and wait game they played.
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I've done a lot of racing over the past 40 years, and every race class has its drawbacks.

P1 at first sounds like its a pure power-to-weight ratio class, but in fact, they do apply weight penalties, and then break-out rules to keep the racing close, and close racing is fun for everyone.

NASCAR is basically like P1, as is bracket racing at the drags.

While a pure power-to-weight ratio class makes a lot of sense for a development class, it has the drawback that more money equals higher speed, pure and simple.

The single power-plant rules that saw the gradual but eventual death in US V racing seems to be the result of "you can't get around Reggie" and every single person with the gumption to get into racing wants to lead, not follow.

How else do you explain Nigel Hook's otherwise completely insane stance on never racing a Fountain? All those years, all that money, and what, a single victory (two if you include this one)? He is a leader, and he wants to win, but does not want to follow Reggie, for whatever egotistical reason he internally justifies.

Bracket racing, as P1 actually is, is certainly by very far the most popular form of drag racing, so you can't really complain about this kind of result. It still ends up being fun for the competitors.

The fixed budget rules of some classes is an interesting approach, and one that makes sense to me: some drag boats and river racing jet boats use the approach that you can do virtually anything you want, but if someone offers you $X for your boat or engine, you have to sell it to them.

The great thing about this kind of rule is that, in fact, everyone has a budget. It might be millions, or thousands, but that is how much they want to spend on racing, or on boating. By putting that obviously out there, then perhaps we end up with cost effective advances in racing that actually apply to recreational boating.
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yea haaa big deal why doint they come back to real racing in the usa . that a cruse show ..who cares !
Coming to an event that has no competition is not racing....

Coming to an event that has a sponsor with a conflict of interest with the inspector, certainly is not a wise decisiion either.

Currently they are in a much better place for "real racing" with at least an organization that won't cater to any one team.

Fix what is broken here in the states, and just maybe they will come back.

Currently there are 5 US boat manufacturer's boats racing in P1. That should tell you something don't you think ?
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How else do you explain Nigel Hook's otherwise completely insane stance on never racing a Fountain? All those years, all that money, and what, a single victory (two if you include this one)? He is a leader, and he wants to win, but does not want to follow Reggie, for whatever egotistical reason he internally justifies.
Nigel has won more than you stated....

If my memory serves me right....

Just last year Nigel won several times -- Sarasota, Washington NC (decisively from green to checkered flag), and the World Championship in Key West.
The SKATER, #11 Joe Boxer was 2nd in Key West.

Nigel has also beat Fountain in his Scarab...many times including (once in Washington)...
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