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IOM To Host Final Stage Of 50th Honda F4SA Powerboat Race

by Jason Gorringe,, London

07 September 2009

The world’s largest two class offshore powerboat race is to be held at Douglas Bay, Isle of Man. The final Grand Prix of the Honda Formula 4-Stroke race season, involving 150hp and 225hp classes, will be held on September 19-20.

The fleet recently finished the fourth leg of the season in Cowes, Isle of Wight, when they entered a slightly different format of racing from the usual multi-lap courses. According to a statement from the Isle of Man government on the topic, the series took part in the Cowes-Poole-Cowes race as part of the Cowes Powerboat Festival, which included the famous Cowes-Torquay-Cowes run.

The Manx authorities observed that:

"The championship standings look likely to remain fairly solid for the remainder of the season; however anything could happen at the final event making the Douglas Bay Grand Prix an event not to be missed. The new 2009 Champions will be crowned on Sunday September 20 from Douglas Bay’s podium on the promenade."

Currently leading the 150hp Championship by only a few points are Premier Cru’s John Wilson and Neil Scarborough.

Premier Cru’s John Wilson commented:

“Neil and I have had a great year so far. We learned a great deal in our “Rookie” year in 2008 and have worked really hard to ensure we have kept mistakes to a minimum in 2009. We are really looking forward to the Isle of Man weekend and we know we will face a fantastic challenge from Jak and Andy, who are always hard to beat. As we know with racing, lots of things can go wrong, so we are double checking everything we can to minimise the chances of a mechanical or electrical problem but, even so, we know we will have our work cut out.”

Geoff Mathews, Head of Honda (UK) added: "The Isle of Man is an ideal backdrop for the finale of our tenth year of racing, and we really look forward to returning later this month. It's been a great season with some highly competitive racing and all is set for a great final round."

“The Isle of Man are proud to be a part of this racing heritage and the Honda F4SA will be an additional feature to the celebratory year when the powerboats take to the water to show racing in another dimension,” the Isle of Man government concluded.

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