The 2019 P1 racing schedule will comprise powerboat and personal watercraft championships in the United States. A significant development this year for P1 is a new partnership in the United States with the Offshore Powerboat Association to create the APBA Offshore Championship. The aim is to strengthen the future of racing in the country by delivering an expanded, cohesive, world class race series split equally between northern and southern states. The six championship venues feature events in Florida, Missouri and Michigan, with the action kicking off at Thunder on Cocoa Beach on May 18-19.
The P1 Panther spec-class race boats competing in the SuperStock USA national championship are going to look very different. Following the P1 fleet being fitted with new carbon hulls a year ago and the announcement last June that the boats will be repowering in 2019 with the new Mercury Racing 4.6L V-8 300R outboard, P1 announced plans to convert the Panther to a canopy race boat. That upgrade program is in full swing, with on-water testing in Florida commencing later this month. The SuperStock series will run from May to September, with racing on East Lake Tohopekaliga in Central Florida (Kissimmee/St Cloud) getting the season underway on May 11 before the action moves to Cocoa Beach a week later. In early July the teams will head to southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast where the 35th Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival will once again attract tens of thousands of spectators to enjoy the outstanding racing and carnival atmosphere. In some American venues this year, P1 will serve up a double bill of powerboat and personal watercraft AquaX racing.
APBA Offshore Championship
Round 1: Cocoa Beach, 18/19 May
Round 2: Lake of the Ozarks, MO 1/2 June
Round 3: Sarasota, 6/7 July
Round 4: St Clair, MI 27/28 July
Round 5: Michigan City, IN 3/4 Aug
Round 6: TBC, 28/29 Sept