2009 Club Racing Dates
Oulton Broad
Date Time
25th Apr 6.00pm
2nd May 6.00pm
6th May 6.00pm
16th May 6.00pm
23rd May 6.00pm
6th Jun 6.00pm
13th Jun 6.00pm
20th Jun 6.00pm
27th Jun 6.00pm
4th Jul 6.00pm
11th Jul 6.00pm
18th Jul 6.00pm
25th Jul 6.00pm
1st Aug 5.45pm
8th Aug 5.30pm
15th Aug 5.30pm
26th Aug 4.00pm
8th Sep

12.00pm

 

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Doug Willey Memorial Trophy - Oulton Broad: 30/08/2010


After a couple of frustrating months of engine problems and bad luck the Area 31 Racing Team returned to winning ways on a choppy Oulton Broad circuit. Two race wins saw team driver David Jones take away the famous Doug Willey Memorial Trophy for the team.

 

David Jones prop riding the 500cc Classic Hydroplane

An extremely high tide meant the racing had to be completed on the short course at Oulton Broad for safety reasons and the first race got underway with Tony Calver in the classic 500cc Crescent hydroplane and Geoff Lowther in the 125cc powered outfit. They were then followed by Chris Rix in the famous 'Barge' hydroplane, Keith McVeigh in another classic 500cc outfit and Kevin Turner in a modern 250cc GRM powered hydroplane. The field was completed with Stuart Grieves in the 500cc hydrocat and Area 31 Racing team driver David Jones with the restored 500cc Konig powered Cabover hydroplane.

 

On a rough Oulton Broad circuit team driver David used all his experience to come from last to first and with the 500cc Konig engine appearing to be back on top form, the Area 31 Racing took an emphatic first race win with Tony Calver coming home in second place with Kevin Turner in third.

 

David overtaking Stuart Grieve to take the lead in the final race

 

After an impressive performance in race one David's handicap was extended by five seconds but once again he managed to use all his skills to combat the rough water and with some tight turns took the the chequered flag in heat two with Kevin Turner being the only other boat to finish in second place.

 

The third and final heat saw David's handicap extended to one minute behind the first boat. This time it proved just too much and while in third place on the last corner the engine started making a nasty vibration. David stopped the engine to stop any serious damage to the classic 500cc Konig engine. Returning to the pits it was soon evident what the problem was. A blade had snapped off the propeller losing drive and potentially damaging the crank and gearbox.

 

Although a frustrating end to the evening, The Area 31 Racing team had still done enough to take home the Doug Willey Memorial trophy, with Tony Calver taking second place overall with the classic 500cc Crescent engine and Kevin Turner taking third place with the 250cc GRM powered hydroplane.

 

 

 

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