First look at the Powerboat P1 SuperStock Championship
First look at the Powerboat P1 SuperStock Championship

Powerboat P1 Management Ltd relaunched the Honda Formula 4-Stroke Association (F4SA) with its new identity, the SuperStock Championship, at the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show on Friday 8 January 2010 at ExCeL London.

The integration of the SuperStock Championship into the existing Powerboat P1 structure in 2010 will see the two series racing together in the opening Grand Prix of the Sea in Split, Croatia on April 16-18.

Presented to the international media and boat show public, several pilots experienced their first taste as ambassadors for the newly-branded Powerboat P1 SuperStock Championship at the British marine industry’s showpiece event.

As an affordable and easily accessible form of motorsport, the F4SA has built up a strong fanbase during its 10-year existence under the stewardship of eight-time powerboating world champion, Steve Curtis MBE.

The British-based competition has also been an invaluable source of production racing pedigree for Powerboat P1, nurturing the likes of current leading lady, Shelley Jory-Leigh, former Powerboat P1 World Champion, James Sheppard, and Cranefields Wine pilot, Marc Niemann.

Increasing Powerboat P1’s UK presence, the SuperStock Championship will present competitors with new technical regulations, a unique media and broadcasting platform and the opportunity to compete across an enhanced calendar of races in the UK, as well as competing in Europe for the first time.

Current F4SA 150 Class champion, Jak Cockman, who drives for Hydrex, says the huge opportunity to race in front of a live television audience at the series’ first-ever race outside of the UK, in Croatia, will be amazing.
“I’m really excited about racing outside the UK and possibly becoming a world champion in 2010.

“I can’t wait to win in Europe. As long as I’m winning, I’m happy. It doesn’t matter what I’m doing, playing on the Xbox, racing in motocross, or the egg &spoon race, I’ll go to any limits to win.”

HeightsofAbraham.com’s navigator, Sophie Pugh, shares Cockman’s enthusiasm about Powerboat P1’s plans for the series. Ahead of her team’s first adventure into European waters, Pugh, who won F4SA Best Female Pilot in 2009 and will once again partner her husband, Rupert, in the new 300 Class, believes it is exactly the boost the championship needs.

“It’s fantastic. Rupert and I are both very excited by the prospects of the SuperStock Championship. It promises to take our racing to a whole new level.

“The Honda Formula 4-Stroke Championship was in danger of disappearing, so it’s great to be involved with Powerboat P1 and a privilege to get the opportunity to represent our new organisers at the London International Boat Show.

As well as a striking black Cougar powerboat, the HeightsofAbraham.com hull will showcase the new Mercury 300 Optimax XS engines on stand SO63 in ExCeL London’s South Gallery. Hydrex’s 2009 championship-winning boat will also be on display throughout the ten day show.