Local powerboat racer seals amazing victory in Italy after seven-year hiatus

A local powerboat racer grabbed an amazing victory in Italy driving his Formula 2 powerboat after a 7-year hiatus from the sport.

Matthew Palfreyman, from Aughton, kicked off the UIM F2 World Championship with a victory in Brindisi. The boats in which Palfreyman races can reach over 120mph.

Having been a member of Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club (LPRC) since he was 12 years old, he has brought glory back to the club based out of Carr Mill Dam in St Helens at the age of 32.

The Brit qualified third, with pole being taken by home favourite Tullio Abbate. In second was Giacomo Saachi-Abbate, Tullio’s nephew. Palfreyman would get a good getaway moving him straight into second, only to take the lead heading into the bottom corner.

After various driver's barrel rolled themselves out causing yellow flags, including Saachi-Abbate, the Lancashire driver controlled the lead all the way to the finish line. Palfreyman finished five seconds ahead of second place and believes his team is ready to fight for the championship.

He said: “I think that’s the toughest race of my career and it’s all a little bit of a blur to be honest.

“Tullio and Giacomo seemed to have a problem at the bottom turn, and I knew the boat was capable of it, so I made my move, and it paid off.

“I’d like to thank all my team and family for helping me win here this weekend, it’s a great result for the whole team and now we are ready for the fight to become World Champions.

“But for now, it feels great to be bringing the silverware home to Britain.”

Palfreyman won his first junior LPRC Club Championship in 2005 and since then has been a prolific name in the international powerboat community. He won the Formula 4S World Championship in 2011 and was runner-up the following year.

The Brit has been competing in the super-fast F2 boats since 2013, finishing second in the 2015 World Championship Series.

During his seven-year gap away from the sport, Palfreyman has remained involved with the boats through mentoring up and coming drivers alongside building his own software support and technology business.

More importantly, during this time he became a father to his 20-month-old son.

With all this time spent away focusing on matters aside from powerboat racing, Palfreyman clearly never lost his skill inside his 120mph Rocketship.

The teams next race will be held at Carr Mill Dam on 20th July.