Lai takes second in French GP

PUBLISHED: 17:14 09 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:08 10 June 2010

Exmouth powerboat racer Martin Lai and his team Ocean Dragon Racing tasted success in the second leg of the Supersport P1 Powerboat World Championship in France.

Exmouth powerboat racer Martin Lai and his team Ocean Dragon Racing tasted success in the second leg of the Supersport P1 Powerboat World Championship in France.

Restaurant owner Lai was hoping to improve on his seventh overall place following the first outing in Italy held in early May.

Two races were held over the weekend off Marseille, at the end of which Lai moved up the standings.

Race one on the Saturday was changed due to bad weather to a shorter sprint course of nine laps over 41.6 nautical miles in choppy seas and strong mistral winds with gusts of 40mph.

Earlier that day, during a pre-race test session, another competitor from Britain, Team Sunseeker Challenger, did a barrel roll at over 77mph and flipped and sank.

The ODR boat Phoenix 8 did not have an event-free race, nearly losing their own Greek driver Andreas Chalkiopoulos out of the boat, when they caught a bad wave and he flew out of the boat attached only by one hand to the steering wheel. He was hauled in by Lai, who grabbed his race suit. This was all captured by on-board camera and should make for

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