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Date: Sun 16 Jul 2017

Pertemps clinch title and Milford Waterfront win on local waters

The hometown boat won the event, the race leaders sealed the title and a returning driver won a double on an action-packed weekend at the 2017 Welsh Grand Prix of the Sea.

Milford Haven’s debut weekend on the P1 calendar was awash with spectacular food, fans and, most importantly, racing.

An outstanding performance on Saturday gave Milford Waterfront a resounding event lead after winning all three races on day one, giving themselves an outside chance of taking the overall title.

Their nearest rivals at the end of Saturday was reigning champions Pertemps having clinched three second-place finishes.

While the local team were jubilant, both Arthur J Gallagher and Spirit of Inverclyde had their days finish early following technical issues during the opening race.

Arthur J Gallagher entered Wales without their usual driver David Taft and their frustrating Saturday wouldn’t have helped their mood, but the man behind the wheel for this weekend, John Donnelly, flew out of the blocks to win the first heat on Sunday.

Pertemps were never threatened in second and Milford Waterfront claimed third after fighting back from a slow start which saw them round the first corner in fifth.

Experience Kissimmee were quick to get going but were struck with mechanical problems which ended their pursuit; they resiliently finished race four and six despite their issues continuing throughout the day.

The strong performance on Sunday by Arthur J Gallagher showed no signs of slowing when they hit the front early in race five and never looked back.

Pertemps’ Sam and Daisy Coleman moved one step closer to taking top spot in the overall standings with another second-place finish while Milford Waterfront rounded off the top three yet again.

The last race of the UK Championship series was a tactical affair as Arthur J Gallagher once again sprinted into the lead but it later proved futile as they ran out of fuel with a couple of laps remaining - subsequently leaving the boat below the minimum weight limit leading to a post-race disqualification.

Courtesy of Arthur J Gallagher’s withdrawal, Milford Waterfront were victorious in the finale to clinch the weekend’s top podium spot.

Spirit of Inverclyde rounded off their debut campaign with second in the final race, their highest ever finish, whilst Pertemps nursed their boat home in last place knowing they would retain their SuperStock UK title if they completed the race.

Pickfords produced their best result of the season to claim third on the podium, with it tying for third on points in the championship standings alongside Experience Kissimmee, who endured a day of mechanical issues that forced them to limp round with the aim of completing enough laps to pick up points.

It was a particularly impressive feat considering they had suffered major damage to their boat in a collision with South Street last time out in Greenock just two weeks ago.

Typhoo remained consistent throughout the weekend to finish fourth, pushing them up the table into a narrow 5th placed finish just two points back.

An incredibly enthralling UK SuperStock series has come to an end with every teams able to look back fondly at their achievements with a passion to come back better for what will be a close 2018 competition.

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