Sanne's The Man In Fiat Powerboat Grand Prix

Norway’s Christian Sanne made it four races in a row as he swept to victory in yesterday’s Fiat sponsored ExCeL British Powerboat Grand Prix at London’s Docklands, in the process becoming Formula 2000 Grand Prix World Champion.

Sanne battled throughout the whole race with three other boats driven by Paolo Zantelli of Italy, France’s Bruno Corsin, and Britain’s Owen Jelf as the Grand Prix unfolded in front of watching crowds basking in the London sunshine.

London has not hosted the British Powerboat Grand Prix for 14 years, but this weekend the ExCeL in Docklands proved to be a superb arena in which to stage this spectacular Fiat sponsored event.

The boats that contest the Formula Grand Prix World Championship accelerate from 0 - 100 mph almost as quickly as a Formula 1 Grand Prix car, and the cornering forces encountered by the powerboat drivers is over 6G - far in excess of their land-based counterparts. So there was no shortage of excitement at one of the capital’s most spectacular sporting events of the year.

The fun wasn’t confined to the water, however, as the British Powerboat Grand Prix offered an entertaining day out for all the family. For younger members there was a funfair specially constructed for the weekend, with a variety of rides, dodgems, street entertainers and magicians. There was also a face painting stall where children were able to adopt the national colours and numbers of their favourite boat.

Also present at the show were versions of the Fiat Punto, Stilo, Multipla and Doblò. Visitors viewed Fiat Auto’s products at close quarters, enquiring about the company’s latest consumer offers and receiving further information about the range.

Barry Gibbins, brand manager, Fiat Auto (UK), says: "We were delighted to be associated with such a high profile event. It provided us with the perfect opportunity to highlight our exciting new product range to a large potential customer base in the heart of the capital. The weather was fantastic and further added to the enjoyment of the event."

Race organiser Carlos Maidana was also pleased. "It’s great to have the Grand Prix here in London again, and we're looking forward to building this event up over the coming years and making London one of the world’s top powerboat venues once more."

Published 19 August 2002 Melanie Carter

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