The wait is nearly over – OGP set for Malta

Thursday, June 9, 2011, 20:55

 The 2011 Ocean Grand Prix World Powerboat Championship season gets underway in Malta next weekend with teams from Europe and North America set to compete in the historic first event. The former Powerboat P1 World Championship, now under new management and with an improved global TV deal, will see some of the world’s most powerful boats – with a top speed of up to 110mph – take to the waters around Valletta. The action promises to be fast, competitive and spectacular. With the historic walled Citadel, a world heritage site, providing one of the most stunning backdrops of any major sporting event, the new season is keenly awaited by the teams, the public and Dr. Pio Valletta, Chairman of Championship promoters, International Sea Racing Ltd.
 “After more than a year of planning, the first-ever Ocean Grand Prix event is now just a week away,” explains Dr. Valletta. “It has been a difficult process, picking up the pieces and rebuilding confidence, but we are heading in the right direction, supported by the Maltese Government and powerboating’s world governing body, the UIM.” “Now that we have secured the future of this much-loved sport, our aim is to establish the OGP World Championship as one of the world’s great sporting spectacles. 

Next weekend the Malta Ocean Grand Prix will mark the first real step on this path.” For a decade Malta has played host to international endurance racing with large enthusiastic crowds a feature of the racing along with unpredictable seas that create the most demanding conditions for boats and pilots.  The first action starts on Friday 10th with a sprint for pole into Valletta harbour, the first two rounds of the inaugural Ocean Grand Prix World Championship take place at 4pm local time on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June.

Programme

Friday 10 June 2011

0830 – 1800 Event- and Race Administration Office open

0830 – 1200 Race registration open – Final registration at 1200.

0830 – 1200 Technical scrutineering

0830 – 2000 Cranes available

0900 – 1930 Race Control open

1000 – 1200 Official Testing

 

 

– open to all classes on Friday morning test course 

1500 – 1630 Official Practice

 

 

– obligatory to all classes on Pole Position course 

1900 – 1930 Pilots’ main briefing

Saturday 11 June 2011

0830 – 1900 Cranes available

0900 – 1830 Race Control open

0830 – 1900 Event- and Race Administration Office open

0930 – 1100 Official Practice

 

 

– obligatory to all classes on full race course 

1200 Official visit by a VIP

1330 – 1500 Official Testing

 

 

– open to all classes on full race course1600

WC Round 1 – SuperSport & Evo

EC Round 1 – SuperSport & Evo

 

 

 

1700 2011 Powerboat Malta Ocean Grand Prix1830 – 1845 Podium Presentations SuperSport & Evo, Round 1 WC

2100 OGP Welcome Party

Advance Programme, Malta Ocean Grand Prix, 31 May 2011

 

Sunday 12 June 2011

0830 – 1830 Cranes available

0900 – 1830 Race Control open

0830 – 1900 Event- and Race Administration Office open

0930 – 1100 Official Practice

 

 

– obligatory to all classes on full race course 

1200 Official visit by a VIP

1330 – 1500 Official Testing

 

 

– open to all classes on full race courseWC Round 2 – SuperSport & Evo

EC Round 2 – SuperSport & Evo

 

 

 

1715 2011 Powerboat Malta Ocean Grand Prix1830 – 1900 Podium Presentations SuperSport & Evo, Round 2 WC

Podium Presentations SuperSport & Evo, EC Grand Prix

Podium Presentations SuperSport & Evo, WC Grand Prix





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