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The season will comprise powerboat championships in the United States and personal watercraft racing (PWC) in the shape of P1 AquaX action and the P1 Jetcross stand-up ski series.
Announcing the calendar at P1’s race headquarters in Florida, P1 chief executive Azam Rangoonwala said: “Since we began racing in 2003 we have staged more than 600 races in 18 countries and, without doubt, the coming season is going to be the most challenging, competitive and entertaining. Our aim has been to put together an expanded programme of powerboat action, featuring one-design and multi-hull offshore racing, and personal watercraft racing across our two disciplines.”
“Building the reach and credibility of our race series and growing the marine motorsport sector are priorities for P1. Partnerships are at the heart of our strategy. Our events are designed to excite and entertain, ensuring spectator enjoyment and sponsor value with a significant impact on the local economy.”
CEO P1 Powerboat
Continuing to reinforce P1’s growing personal watercraft presence in Europe, the Jetcross series features stand-up circuit racing on rivers, lakes and the sea. The French-based personal watercraft promoter joined the P1 family of marine racing brands in July 2016 in a move that was a significant statement of P1’s commitment and expansion plans for personal watercraft racing. P1’s European Head of AquaX and Jetcross racing, Julien Bastien comments: “We enjoyed significant growth in the number of Jetcross riders last year and expect this to continue. We are delighted to be returning to La Seyne-sur-Mer on the Mediterranean coast for our season opener and later in May, we will head north to race in Basse-Ham on the river Moselle. This new marina venue, which opened at the start of last year and is called Nautic'Ham, is located on the river Moselle on the French border with Luxembourg and Germany and will a perfect location to host the P1 Jetcross European Grand Prix. We then return to Eau d'Heures Lakes in Belgium followed by Vichy in central France, one of the riders’ favourite venues. The final round of 2019 Am Euro Tour at the end of August will be on Lake Geneva in the beautiful Swiss town of Le Bouveret.
Julien added: “We are delighted to be racing in Asia later this year when the final round of the World Pro Tour will head to China at the end of October or early November. Our aim is to maintain consistency and stability in our series but to also work closely with other professional organisers such as the Jet Ski World Cup promoter to move our discipline to the next level. We plan to offer shipping services from China directly to Thailand to increase the number of racers who want to compete in Pattaya City in December."
A significant development this year for P1 is a new partnership in the United States with the Offshore Powerboat Association (OPA) to create the APBA Offshore Championship. The aim is to strengthen the future of racing in the country by delivering an expanded, cohesive, world-class race series split equally between northern and southern states. The six championship venues feature major, high profile events in Florida, Missouri and Michigan, with the action kicking off at ‘Thunder on Cocoa Beach’ in May, and the belief is that the partnership will deliver significant results commercially and also in terms of the sport’s organisation and profile.
This year the P1 Panther race boats in the SuperStock USA national championship are going to look very different. Following the P1 fleet being fitted with new carbon hulls a year ago and the announcement last June that the boats will be repowering in 2019 with the new Mercury Racing 4.6L V-8 four-stroke 300R outboard, P1 announced plans to revolutionise the one-design series and attract a new set of racers by converting the Panther to a canopy race boat. That upgrade programme is in full swing, with on-water testing in Florida commencing later this month.
The SuperStock series will run from May to September, with testing in St. Cloud getting the season underway immediately prior to the opening race weekend at Cocoa Beach. In early July the teams will head to southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast where the 35th Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival will once again attract tens of thousands of spectators to enjoy the outstanding racing and carnival atmosphere.
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In some American venues this year, P1 will serve up a double bill of powerboat and personal watercraft AquaX racing. Global Head of P1 AquaX, Lisa Barsby explained: “In the eight years since its launch, AquaX has grown significantly and achieved its goal of staging a world championship event in 2017. Discussions are taking place to stage another world championship in November and we will be announcing details within the next few weeks. It’s been a natural progression from the opening race season in the UK in 2011 to the series expanding to the USA two years later and then into mainland Europe in 2017. The rapidly increasing number of riders, partners and fans has been tremendous and our close relationship with the leading manufacturers has added considerably to the legitimacy of our series. We attract world-class riders to our Pro Series, which will open in Daytona Beach in mid-April, and the Florida Amateur Series will include a round in Kissimmee/St. Cloud on East Lake Tohopekaliga.”
The 14-event AquaX calendar includes four race weekends as part of the EuroTour, with the riders competing in countries across Western Europe including France and Spain. The Sprint series will feature at a number of events in Florida and Europe. Feeding riders into the Euro Tour, the UK race series will consist of three rounds in England and Wales with Colwyn Bay hosting an AquaX event for the first time.
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