The Evolution class reigning champion 99 Fountain Worldwide team – which won both the Endurance and Sprint race of the 2008 Powerboat P1 season-opener in San Benedetto del Tronto – has been docked its Sprint race win from Italy after a post-race protest by the 88 Kiton Outerlimits OSG Racing team.
by Powerboat P1 media
Pilot James Sheppard and throttleman Craig Wilson started their season with a clear championship lead after their back-to-back wins, but a UIM Commission decided that the protest posted by the OSG Racing team was valid, and – after discussion by the UIM Jury – a decision was issued.
Although the 99 Fountain Worldwide team are allowed to keep their win in the Italian Grand Prix of the Sea Endurance race, they have been disqualified from the Sprint race and - as a result of the 100-point loss - have lost their cumulative Italian Grand Prix of the Sea victory and championship lead, both of which now go to the 77 Lucas Oil crew of pilot Shelley Jory and throttleman Nigel Hook.
The 99 Fountain Worldwide crew do have the option of protesting the penalty and have stated their intention to do so.
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11:01 AM Tue 13 May 2008 GMT
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