Earlier this year, reigning P1 SuperStock USA champions Andy Biddle and Tracy Blumenstein decided they would try to pull off a trans-Atlantic race schedule, competing in the P1 SuperStock championships in the United States and well as the United Kingdom. While the team finished a disappointing fourth in the USA opener in Stuart, Fla., the duo rebounded quite well in their UK debut, winning the Hull Grand Prix of the Sea in Humberside.
“Tracy and I had a blast and the win was awesome,” Biddle said in an email exchange today before catching a flight home to New Jersey to get ready for the upcoming race in Daytona Beach, Fla., on June 15. “The competition over here was just as tough even though they run a little different. We brought an American flag and flew it with pride.”
The duo in the MBY Allam Marine boat earned a victory in Sunday’s race, after finishing second behind John Wilson and Daisy Coleman in their Pertemps craft on Saturday. And while the final race of the weekend was cut short when the local entry, One Hull of a Boat, rolled during a turn in the early stages of the race, Biddle and Blumenstein were named the overall weekend winners after recording the fastest lap of the weekend.
The One Hull of a Boat crew of Jonathan Searby and Sam Whitaker were quickly recovered from the water with the safety team reporting no serious injuries to Whitaker and a minor leg injury sustained by Searby.
James Norvill, who pilots the P1 Marine foundation boat in both the UK and USA series, is planning to race in Daytona Beach in two weeks and hopes he can make a mark on both sides of the Atlantic as well.
The next round of the UK Championship will be in Plymouth on 28 -30 June.