9:43 PM Tue 16 Aug 2011 GMT
The RYA National Powerboat Championships will take place at Cardiff Bay August 20-21 for a weekend of fast and furious action. Cardiff Bay will play host to the fourth Round of the Circuit RYA National Championship for the NS2000, S850 (F4), T850 Monohulls and the GT30 classes.
'RYA National Circuit Powerboat Racing Championships'
Whilst joining them in action on the water for the fifth Round of their National Championship will be the UK Formula Future Offshore Racing Club as they battle it out in their four classes of S250, F400, E900 and E1500. Around fifty Boats will take to the water for the duration of the weekend to battle it out for the all important national championship points.
2011 World Formula 4 Champion Scott Curtis (27, Norwich) fresh from his World Championship win will be aiming to catch reigning S850 Champion and Championship leader Stephen Batch (31,Norwich) to take the lead in the National Championship.
Meanwhile the hottest action of the weekend looks set to come from the NS2000 Class where the catamaran drivers will race at speeds in excess of 80mph for vital points. Malcolm Goodman (29, Prescot) will be looking to reclaim the lead in the championship from 2011 RYA British NS2000 Sprint Champion Paul Balfour (46, Warrington) who a has a point lead on him following Goodman's engine trouble at the last round leaving him settling for a fifth place finish.
In the past Cardiff has always been a popular venue for Powerboat Racing and the RYA hope that returning in August will once again prove what a fantastic venue it is for showcasing the sport.
Powerboat Racing Manager John Puddifoot commented 'Powerboat Racing and Cardiff Bay have always had a strong history in the past it's been a few years since we last raced in Cardiff and everyone involved can't wait to bring the sport back to the Cardiff Shores.'
RYA Powerboat Racing