• James Tapp

Moku Racing and Team 33 Lead British Challenge at the ThunderCat World Championships

Two British ThunderCat racing teams, ‘Moku Racing’ and ‘Team 33’ are leading the charge for glory at the ThunderCat Racing World Championships to be held in Cape Town, South Africa. The event, which takes place between the 3rd and 11th March 2017, will consist of exciting surf circuit racing, one long haul (long distance 180 km/112 miles estimated distance) and two days of flat water circuit racing.

ThunderCat Racing is a high octane grass root powerboat racing series that offers the most exciting, competitive action on the water. The boats that feature so prominently in ThunderCat Racing are 4 metre inflatable catamarans all fitted with powerful 2 stroke 50 hp outboard motors which gives the boats such an incredible amount of power, making it such an adrenalin thrill ride for the competitors and importantly, an exciting and entertaining spectacle for those watching from the shore.

Team Moku is made up of Darryn Harrison and co-driver Jimmy Ion (see right). Darryn is 31 years old and is a construction design management consultant. He has been racing powerboats for 22 years and Thundercats for 13 years. Ha has been twice UK National champion and a previous winner of the European long haul championship. He has also been four times South African Junior Formula 400 champion and World Junior offshore powerboat champion. Darryn has been racing ThunderCat’s for 12 years and powerboats for 23 years. Jimmy Ion his co-driver only started racing ThunderCat’s last season but already proved what an incredible co-driver by being awarded the Rookie co-driver of the year award. Jimmy’s day job is construction recruitment consultant.

Team 33 (see right) are made up of Bligh Julius aged 27 from Lymington in Hampshire. Bligh is an event producer and has been racing for over 10 years, winning two British titles and the ThunderCat European title along the way. In October 2015 he came 3rd in the Pro-Stock Class World Championships in Malta. His co-driver is Charlie Hatfield also from Lymington in Hampshire. Aged 26, Charlie is a professional sailor and started racing powerboats with Bligh 9 years ago, winning the British title and finishing 3rd in the Pro-Stock World Championships. They both have rock-solid racing experience and have been ThunderCat racing and cat racing for over 20 years.

Preparation for both teams has gone well. Bligh Julius from Team 33 said, ‘we spent last year in preparation for the world championship, using the 2016 UK championships as a testing ground. We have been recently preparing our new boat and engines with hours of practice in extreme conditions for the ultimate challenge of the Worlds in South Africa, the original home of the Sport’.

He added, ‘We are very confident going into the worlds. We have done everything possible to make sure we stand the best chance of coming back with a good result.’

Grant Harrison, Team Owner of Moku Racing said, ‘We are extremely proud to once again be competing in the Worlds. Our team is very unique as Moku Racing is the only International ThunderCat team in the world competing in USA, South Africa, Germany and UK, and we are a fully funded works team by Bobkat Boats International with our own design.’

He added, ‘We are extremely confident going into the Worlds. We know the new Bobkat MK6 (see right) is an outstanding boat in the rough water and Surf.’

Everyone at ThunderCat Racing in the UK, wish ‘Team 33’ and ‘Moku Racing’ every success with their racing at the World Championship this March!

For live updates of the event visit the ThunderCat World’s Facebook page

To keep up to date with both team’s progress, please ‘Like’ & ‘Share’ their Facebook pages:

Moku Racing on Facebook

Bobkat Inflatable on Facebook

Team 33’ page on Facebook.

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