The Asia Powerboat Association’s (APA) event in Singapore, is due to be held over the weekend of December 6-8 and eight racers are signed up to do battle.
The odds on favourite to win in Singapore has to be Britain’s Miles Jennings, he goes into the race in a confident mood, he won the UKOPRA Offshore 1 World Championship this year with Drew Langdon, has enjoyed racing Miss GEICO in the US and was runner-up in the APA Macau Championship in May.
Kiki Wong, from Hong Kong, will become China’s first lady Powerboat Racer when she takes part in the 6 race event next weekend. She has been testing her raceboat in the New Territories up until it was shipped to Singapore.
Brian Pelham will be an ‘appointment to view’ driver, his hard charging style in the UKOPRA offshore series is something to behold, and if he can harness that determination on the circuit, the truckie from Surrey could be sipping Doom Bar on the podium.
Dave Sheldon who raced in the Macau event, is keener than the strongest mustard to put in a performance, the engineer from Poole in Dorset has had the benefit of testing a similar hull to that which will be used in Singapore recently.
Charlotte Camsey makes her third appearance in the APA Championship having raced in Hong Kong and Macau. Her later heat performances in the former Portuguese colony impressed, and she goes into this event with plenty of seat time in the John Guille designed, Tohatsu powered mono.
Like Camsey, Campbell Jenkins has also raced in Hong Kong and Macau.
Although Jenkins comes from Australia, he lives in Singapore and he will be racing on his home waters.
Siu Chun Kit is another Hong Konger, he has raced in offshore, coming second in the Cowes Torquay Cowes in 2010 and has raced in the previous two APA championships.
Mark Hayward will make his series debut, however, the racer from the West Country has 15 years experience and has been racing in the UKOPRA series this year, has competed in club circuit and offshore circuit racing.
All in all, it is lining up to be an interesting weekend in the far east, if you are based in Singapore, the race pits will be at the NSRCC Sea Sports Centre, 11 Changi Coast Walk, Singapore 499740, where you can watch the event unfold.
Event website – https://apachampionship.com