Pegasus Vortex Racing Crowned Kings of Zapcat Racing
Written by: Press Release
Submitted: 15 October 2007
This weekend saw the final rounds of the Zapcat National Championship battled out at Watergate Bay in Newquay. 30 Zapcats battled it out not only facing their competition but also by the mighty force of the Atlantic ocean as it produced huge powerful swells on the shore. Sun, Sea, Surf and champagne were to make for a fantastic finale to the 2007 season.
zapcat surf racing finale
Newly crowned 2007 Zapcat Champions Mick Pritchard (Hire Station, Southampton) and Baz Minns (Newquest, Southampton) of Pegasus Vortex Racing didn't get complacent about the weekends racing, They had one more title they were after the Zapcat king of the Surf and still had some work to do to achieve it!
Racers were faced with 6ft sets of rolling surf for Friday's racing faced by 5 heats each they were in for a rough ride! Zapcat 08 Pegasus Vortex Racing got off to a blinding start to take second in their first heat just piped at the post by old adversaries Anger Management Racing. They went on picking the right lines reading the surf to take two 1st's and second and a third place in the rest of their heats to take them into the final in pole position!
Team mates Craig Davis and Rob Martin in Vortex Racing also had a storming day in the surf qualifying with the same points as PVR to go into the final in second position off the grid.
Both Vortex teams got off to a sturdy start in the day's division 1 final making the most of the inside lines they had in the fleet. Pegasus Vortex Racing took the early lead and held on for the rest of the race to take home their 6th Gold Medal of the Season. Craig and Rob meanwhile battled it out in second with Jonathan Hansford and Dan Savage in Strong Language closing them down every minute! The battle went down to the very last lap and 06 Strong language just sneaked past vortex racing on the inside stretch to take second leaving Craig and Rob a well deserved Bronze and more importantly good points for their second place championship campaign.
Team Pegasus Vortex
Pegasus Vortex Take Gold Medal
The Swells Soared for Saturday's racing and organisers decided for safety reasons to reduce the number of racing heats to 3 heats per team. This meant that each Zapcat would have little room for error in their heats to ensure their place in the final!
PVR catapulted themselves into the final with two 1st's and a second in the days heats and Vortex Racing took consistent results throughout the day to take them into the final, a must if they were to hold on to their second place position in the championship with 2nd – 6th anybody's for the taking!
Pegasus Vortex racing were just one last race away from taking the King of the Surf title on four gold spots, and being in pole took full advantage! Taking an early lead until disaster struck for team Suffolk as they lost their co-pilot and the race was restarted! Go Commando got the best start in the restart and PVR found themselves in 5th on the back straight, but their luck was in as Anger Management Racing Flipped rounding turn ,mark four and the race was restarted again. Baz and Mick got off to a great start again this time choosing an easier line through the surf and Craig and Rob in Vortex Racing were hot behind them. Pegasus held on to take the Gold medal again and with it the King of Surf Competition and the Grand Prix weekend and a fantastic finish to the season!
Craig and Rob sailed home in second with Go Commando going to a photo Finish with Speedy Hire for third. With the points all in Vortex Racing Craig Davis and Rob Martin took second in the Zapcat National Championship as well as silver in the King of the Surf Contest. Making it a one, two for the Vortex teams and a fantastic future in racing.
The Champions were awarded at a gala dinner at the Watergate Bay Hotel where the champagne flowed and the racers said their farewells until next season. The new season will commence around May next year bringing with it the Zapcat 2008 Championship and a new battle! To find out more about getting involved with Zapcat racing visit www.zapcat-racing.com.