Italy's Renato Molinari won the coveted Duke of York Trophy on Sunday (29 May) at the end of the two-day Embassy Power Boat Grand Prix in Bristol, England.
Italy's Renato Molinari won the coveted Duke of York Trophy on Sunday (29 May) at the end of the two-day Embassy Power Boat Grand Prix in Bristol, England. He won the cup with two first places and a second in three of the four formula one heats.
SYNOPSIS: The Formula One event attracted a large number of international drivers. The Duke of York Trophy, made of solid gold, is one of the most sought-after awards in the power-boat world. The list of competitors included previous trophy winners, like Renato Molinari. The Italian is not only well-known for his own driving feats but also for the powerboats that take his name. In Bristol, he was driving boat number two - one of the latest Evinrude-powered Molinari who went straight to the front at the start of heat one.
Sunday's spectators had an incident free day's entertainment, unmarred by crashes like the previous day's spectacular collision when Cess van der Velder of Holland and Britain's Allen Gibson hit each other at high speed. Both men's boats-Mercury-powered Veldens-were wrecked, but the drivers escaped without injury.
Norway's hopes in the Grand Prix laid with Birger Halsea, in boat number 18. But it was the strong Italian team of Molinari and American Bob Herring who took the day's honours. There was some controversy in the Italian camp before the start of the last heat and it was decided the Molinari would not race. However, Molinari's successes in the earlier heats had already given him the Duke of York trophy. He told newsmen later that he did not compete in the final race as he wanted to save his engines for an important event in Italy at the beginning of June. Herring took second place in the Formula One event, and third was Britain's Jeff Edwards.