IT WAS a fantastic weekend at Milford Waterfront as Sam and Daisy Coleman did enough to take the P1 Superstock UK title.
That wasn’t all as the hometown boat finished first overall in the weekend’s standings in what was an action-packed weekend at the 2017 Welsh Grand Prix of the Sea (Jul 15-16).
Milford Haven’s debut weekend on the P1 calendar was awash with spectacular food, fans and, most importantly, racing.
An outstanding performance on Saturday gave Milford Waterfront a resounding event lead after winning all three heats on day one and a chance to take the overall title.
Their nearest rivals at the end of Saturday was reigning champions Pertemps having clinched three second-place finishes.
While the local team were jubilant, both Arthur J Gallagher and Spirit of Inverclyde had their days finish early following technical issues during the opening race.
Arthur J Gallagher entered Wales without their usual driver David Taft and their frustrating Saturday wouldn’t have helped their mood, but the man behind the wheel for this weekend, John Donnelly, flew out of the blocks to win the first heat on Sunday.
Pertemps were never threatened in second and Milford Waterfront claimed third after fighting back from a slow start which saw them round the first corner in fifth.
Experience Kissimmee were quick to get going but were struck with mechanical problems which ended their pursuit; they resiliently finished race four and six despite their issues continuing throughout the day.
The strong performance on Sunday by Arthur J Gallagher showed no signs of slowing when they hit the front early in race five and never looked back.
Pertemps’ Sam and Daisy Coleman moved one step closer to taking top spot in the overalls standings with another second-place finish while Milford Waterfront rounded off the top three yet again.
The last race of the UK Championship series was a tactical affair as Arthur J Gallagher once again sprinted into the lead but it later proved futile as they ran out of fuel with a couple of laps remaining.
Courtesy of the Arthur J Gallagher’s withdrawal, Milford Waterfront were victorious in the finale to clinch the weekend’s top podium spot.
Harvey takes two victories
Joe Harvey once again proved a class above as he recorded two race victories on Saturday to take home the second round of the AquaX Euro Tour in Milford Haven.
The flatter water on Sunday allowed the competition to bridge the gap and Tim Batte took advantage to record his first victory of the season but it wasn’t enough to knock Harvey off top spot.
Harvey now takes a commanding lead in the Pro Euro Tour standings with the final round in Port Bilas, Spain, still to come.
The 2016 International Cup champion was racing at his very best on Saturday has he lapped virtually the whole field in race one and took yet another comfortable victory in race two ahead of Batte and Russell Marmon.
It was a slightly different story as Batte took victory on the calm water on Sunday, Harvey settling for second ahead of Marmon who was a consistent third all weekend.
With Jordan Lambert outside the podium places and Rainer Eidner unable to race this weekend Harvey now takes a huge lead in the championship standings and looks sure to add to his AquaX trophy collection if he can complete all three races in Spain in October.
In the 300 AM class Thomas Batisse took first place ahead of Richard Cable and Claude Vangansbeck, whilst in the 200 AM class Toni Luciano was victorious with Carl Lofthouse and Dave Lee in behind.
Simon Gill was pushed all the way by Nicolas Devys in the ski class but eventually came out on top with Harry Robinson back in third.
In the Spark class it was Frenchman Maxime Benoit who finished on the top step of the podium ahead of Thibaut Olivier and Tom Miller.