Over 100 guests from the M2M Racing Club and the UK ThunderCat Racing community converged on the Potters Heron Hotel, Southampton last night to celebrate their 2016 season.
Rob Davies and Darren Phillips from Wales were officially crowned as the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Racing Champions in only their second year of racing.
The determined team had faced stiff competition from eventual runners up Multispark Racing, (Gary Tolman and Scott Brown) all season.
Simon Matthews attended the Awards Evening jet-lagged, having just flown back from Sri Lanka where he had been training Lanka Powerboat Association prospective ThunderCat Racers.
Matthews with co-driver Martin Jerome claimed their third place in the overall 2016 Championship.
2016 Microlink ThunderCat Racing Championship
1st) #22 Microlink – Ahmad Tea Rob Davies and Darren Phillips
2nd) #61 Multispark Racing Gary Tolman and Scott Brown
3rd) #26 Seavacation Simon Matthews and Martin Jerome
KING OF THE SURF – Gary Tolman and Scott Brown
JASPER TROPHY NEWCOMERS TO THE SPORT – Josh Broadbent and Seb Watts
ROOKIE DRIVER OF THE YEAR AWARD – Josh Broadbent
ROOKIE CO-DRIVER OF THE YEAR AWARD – James Ion
CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE AWARD – Team Endeavour Racing
WHERE SPEED BEGINS TROPHY – Rob Davies and Darren Phillips
FLIP OF THE SEASON AWARD – Simon Harding and Edd Redman
SIREN OF THE SEA AWARD – Kersey Segger
OUTSTANDING VENUE AWARD – Clevedon
TOP SPONSOR – Vee Ganjavian, Microlink PC Limited
OUTSTANDING PARTNER TO THE SPORT – Mike Kenny from Nationwide Vehicle Assistance
DEDICATION TO THE SPORT – Grant Harrison
PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR AWARD – Don Hodgson
OUTSTANDING MEDIA CONTRIBUTION AWARD – Steve Wallace
X-STREAM MEDIA AWARD – Lewis Huddy and Steve Putt
An incredible £5000.00 was raised for the fledgling TRUE (Thundercat Racing Uniting Everyone)Foundation which will go towards completing the charity’s registration.
To raise this amount, everyone brought raffle prizes, members offered breaks at their holiday homes, rides in luxury powerboats, there were even 3 ladies up for grabs to cook, serve and clean up for up to a party of 8!
Its goals will include;
- Education – (water safety and training)
- Recovery through Sport – (eg. a civilian with anxiety or a combat veteran dealing with life changing injuries)
- Community Wellbeing – (Promoting welfare, friendship and personal development)
ThunderCat Racing’s Fiona Pascoe explained;
It has been a poignant day for the M2M Racing Club and the ThunderCat Racing UK Community.
We had our AGM this morning, where we explained the future growth and development plan for the series and the Awards this evening.
She continued to explain about the TRUE FOUNDATION and the need to raise £5,000 to fulfill The Charity Commission’s regulations before becoming registered;
It was only a slight mountain to climb! But nothing in this extroverted community is a problem, we are an extended family that discuss, understand, then unite with our principals.
I love the enthusiasm generated when we get together, nothing can divide us, our strength and determination is insurmountable.
Photos: Sam Sheldon