March 2008 Powerboat P1 Awards Landmark Hotel, London – Shelley Jory of Team Raymarine announces she has joined forces with the LUCAS OIL American Powerboat Team to compete in the Powerboat P1 World Championship Series.
Shelley Jory, one of the UK’s leading powerboat racers and top female in her sport, has been signed as driver of the LUCAS OIL team. She will race with team owner and throttle man, Nigel Hook.
The pair will compete in the P1 Evolution class in the P1 powerboat race series. The series has 14 races and the teams will travel to destinations around the world including Italy, France, Malta, Spain, Tunisia, Portugal and Bahrain
Shelley, who has previously won the Honda Formula 4-Stroke Championships, is the first women to enter the P1 Evolution class. She will be driving the Mercury powered
Skater V399 superboat, which with over 1400hp of Mercury engines is arguably the fastest boat in the series.
Shelley also announced a new sponsor partner for her new venture, www.GoingLean.co.uk. The company specialises in lean manufacturing consultancy and the P1 team are going to endeavour to learn those Japanese “lean” techniques to improve their performance in the pit area and boat preparation.
Speaking at the announcement Nigel Hook, said “”P1 is to boat racing as F1 is to auto racing. P1 is a true world Championship, presenting racers from around the world, competing on four continents, and being televised globally to over 400 million homes.”
I believe Shelley has the perfect credentials to race in the series. She has proven herself consistently in the highly competitive Honda race series, she is unrivalled at promoting her sponsors and she is a team player.”
Shelley Jory – “I am delighted to have been signed by Nigel and the LUCAS OIL team. I plan to capitalise on all I have learnt from the hot competition in the Honda Formula Four Stroke series over the past 4 years. With Nigel’s skill and confidence in the boat I am positive we are the perfect team to go hunting for a world championship!”