Oban Duncan is the new Powerboat GP Sprint Champion!
By iPowerboat Ltd, Aug 9 2018 09:49PM
In her ‘rookie’ year, 12 year old Oban Duncan from Balloch racing for Team iPowerboat Racing who are based in Ballahulish, demonstrates that she has got what it takes to be a British champion. Oban travelled south of the border to race in the Powerboat GP British Sprint championship at the weekend, her first British championship and only her third ever official race.
Up against 5 other boats on the start line in the Qualifying Round, it was a battle for first place with one of the most experienced British powerboat race teams ‘Jelf Racing’, George Elmore, the reigning sprint champion who quickly got down to business claiming pole position.
Despite George gaining pole position, Oban was not going to make the weekends racing easy and very quickly the two youngsters went head to head leaving the other four boats to battle it out for bronze position, in what would unfold as one of the biggest battles of the weekend.
Each driver would compete in four heats over the weekend with the best 3 results to count with Oban and the rest of the pack launching themselves into a battle of epic proportions not giving each other an inch of movement for error.
Oban took wins in heats 1 and 2 on day one, having battled hard. On day two having had time to discuss tactics, George returned the pressure in the third heat taking a win ensuring another head to head battle in the final heat to see who would claim the crown and the 2018 British Sprint Championship.
All lined up on the grid, with George in pole position, Oban had her work cut out. Oban made a phenomenal start with George close behind going into the first turn buoy in a manoeuvre of complete precision squeezed past George to take the lead. Oban then led the full race with George Elmore trying every trick in the book to squeeze past, however despite her inexperience at racing the young Scot simply ‘closed the door’ on the reigning champion at every turn, with ‘cat and mouse’ racing, right to the wire.
Oban triumphant as she took the chequered flag, the first ever Scot and rookie driver ever to win a British Sprint championship in their first season of GT 15 racing.
The team pulled together to make this a very successful weekend Oban stated “The win was great but a bit unexpected. The racing was exciting, very tough, but good fun. I’d like to thank all my team at iPowerboat Racing for everything.”