Multiple World Champion Neil Holmes is 100 per cent convinced the new P1 Panther 28SS boat will succeed in dramatically improving the sport he loves after trialling it extensively in the Solent.
Neil has now had the chance to test the Panther in a variety of conditions and firmly believes the new boat is just the shot in the arm national powerboat racing needs.
“It’s a great boat, well built and rewarding to drive but perhaps the best feature from a racing point of view is that it demands team work from both the driver and co-pilot, in fact the navigator’s skill in trimming the settings on the fly is really going to pay dividends”, he said.
He believes the SuperStock front-runners will be the best combination of driver and co-driver. “They are really going to have to work hard as a team in the boat, which is fantastic news as it means the human element will define the winners rather than the amount of budget the team has as its disposal”, he said.
London-based promoter Powerboat P1 is close to revealing the identity of the teams who will compete in the 28ft sport racer ahead of the opening round of the five-race UK SuperStock Series which starts in Jersey on June 11/12 and finishes in Liverpool on September 10/11.
“I can’t wait for the opening round in Jersey”, said Holmes. “Seeing a bunch of Panthers cutting through the waves together is going to be an awesome sight and a genuine thrill for the teams and race fans.”
The P1 Panther 28SS is powered by a 250+hp Evinrude engine propelling the boat to speeds of up to 70mph in flat water. Its lower centre of gravity provides greater stability and improved handling.
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