Powerboating: Hunt goes full throttle in pursuit of Dragon

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Jackie Hunt and Mike Shelton, a married couple from Hampshire, dominated the Powerboat P1 British Grand Prix to reignite their challenge for the SuperSport World Championship here yesterday.

Their main rivals for the title, the British-based Ocean Dragon, struggled into fourth. The two teams will go head-to-head for the Championship at the final grand prix of the season in Portugal, on 30 September and 1 October.

Hunt, the only female "throttleperson'' in the series, relished the choppy waters to pull away from the rest of the field and claim maximum points, following the couple's second place in Saturday's round.

She said: "It's a fantastic win for us, and just what we needed to give ourselves a chance of winning the championship. To win here at our home grand prix, in front of our family and friends, made it even better. There was a lot of pressure on us, because we knew we couldn't afford any slip-ups. It's gone really well, and now we've everything to play for in Portugal."

The Italian team OSG Donzi joined Kerakoll at the top of the Evolution class table with a comprehensive defeat of their countrymen.