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Old 14-09-2008, 08:04 PM   #1
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#53 Pignolo Wins Dramatic P1 Vigo Endurance Race



Spain, Sunday 14th September 2008: There were thrills and spills aplenty in the final Evolution Endurance race, bringing to an end what has been an action-packed first Vigo Grand Prix of the Sea weekend.

The #53 Pignolo 53 team secured their first Powerboat P1 win after a chaotic and incident packed Evolution Endurance race that brought this weekend’s hugely successful first Vigo Grand Prix of the Sea to a dramatic close. A number of boats missed a marker buoy on the final turn of the course, throwing the subject of who had won wide open as the boats arrived back in the marina.

Delighted with his team’s performance, #53 Pignolo throttleman Max Ferrari said: “Today was a very important win for us – we were keen to finish off the season well and so were careful not to make any mistakes. We saw some boats missing the boy and knew they would pick up penalties, so decided not to push and instead keep a steady speed.”

The budding double champion #99 Fountain Worldwide team led the early stages of the race from their main title rivals, #88 Kiton Outerlimits, until a fuel problem dropped them down the order before their eventual retirement on the 11th lap. That gave #88 Kiton Outerlimits the lead until they, too, started struggling with a variety of mechanics gremlins and dropped back, making the #10 Fantastic 1 Cigarette Racing Team Europe boat the new race leaders.

Then, on lap 11, all hell broke loose at the final turn as the #10 Fantastic 1 boat missed one of the key buoy markers and the #60 GFN Gibellato, #88 Kiton Outerlimits, #57 Centaurian Yachts all followed suit. On the next lap, #10 Fantastic 1 and #60 GFN Gibellato missed the mark again.

Each team picked up a four minute penalty for each infringement, meaning that the #53 Pignolo 53 crew emerged as the ultimate first-time victors of the race, following the lead of fellow Evolution debutant winners #69 in
Saturday’s Sprint race. The #77 Lucas Oil team secured their best finish of the year with second place, while the #69 team followed up their first ever win with a third place this time out.

That gave the #69 the overall victory in the Vigo Grand Prix of the Sea stakes, from #53 Pignolo 53 and #57 Centaurian Yachts.

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