Pugh falls further behind in rankings

Rupert Pugh, Matlock Bath power boat racer.

Rupert Pugh, Matlock Bath power boat racer.

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Round three of the 2011 P1 SuperStock Championship, the Hull Grand Prix of the Sea, proved a little on the disappointing side for Matlock Bath’s Rupert Pugh.

The event as a whole came to an exciting conclusion in Hull Marina on Sunday evening with an emphatic victory in the P1 250 Panther class for the championship leading Pertemps crew.

Behind second-placed Pertemps on Saturday was the Edox boat of Rupert Pugh and Anthony Crossley (Sidmouth) – the latter losing out on a potential challenge for victory while lapping P1 150 boats.

Unfortunately, the duo weren’t able to add another podium on Sunday, dropping back down the order midway through when Pugh caught the jack plug after hitting a big wave.

“It’s not been a great weekend, not the result we were looking for if I’m really honest”, commented Pugh, “Yesterday (Saturday) was really good racing, very close, and it was the equivalent of wheel-to-wheel racing in cars, great fun and very nice in the flat conditions. Today was completely different, very bumpy. “We got a bit sandwiched at the start but decided not to cause an accident by punching through and backed off.”

Edox had been 15 points behind Pertemps going into the Hull weekend, but although Pugh and Crossley managed a podium finish in third place on Saturday and fourth on Sunday they have now fallen further behind with two rounds to go in the 2011 title chase.

The Edox pair are joint third in the standings, 23 points behind Pertemps.

Following a hugely successful weekend in Hull, the UK’s premier Powerboat racing championship now has a break of roughly a month before the next event at Cowes over the weekend August 27-28.