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U.K. Racers Going After P1 Speed Record This Week

While an average speed of 67.63-mph isn’t particularly dramatic relative to the speeds of most today’s offshore raceboats, it is the existing kilometer speed record for the Powerboat P1 SuperStock Panther class. Between now and Sunday, the United Kingdom-based P1 SuperStock team of Andy Foster and Charles Morris will attempt the break that record, which was set by British driver John Donnelly in 2015, on Coniston Water in Northwest England’s famed Lake District during the Coniston Powerboat Records Week.

The recorded speed is an average of the two runs on the lake’s one-kilometer course.


Andy Foster and Charles Morris are hoping to establish a new Powerboat P1 SuperStock record on Coniston Water this week.

“We have all week to try to beat the World P1 SuperStock Evinrude 250 HO speed record,” said Andy Foster in a press release from the P1 SuperStock organization. “We beat that speed when we were here in Coniston last year but it was not by enough of a margin to count as a new record. We’re confident that we’ll get it right this time.”

Coniston Water is regarded as the “spiritual home of record-breaking,” according to the release. Its link with speed records began in 1939 when Sir Malcolm Campbell set a new World Water Speed Record in his hydroplane Bluebird K4. This famous lake, with its five-mile stretch of straight water, now hosts the annual Coniston Powerboat Records Week and has since 2005.

Last season, Foster and Morris finished as runners-up in the P1 SuperStock UK Championship and headed across the Atlantic this year to finish on the podium in the P1 SuperStock USA event in St. Pete Beach, Florida in June.

“Here in Coniston we’ll have a base setting for ballast and positioning, and we will obviously run the boat as light as possible and hope that it’s not windy” Morris said in the release. “The aim is to be flat out when we hit the timing line, to be as smooth as possible on the outward run and then turn around and wait for the wash to settle as we prepare for the run back.”

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