All-Italian Podium as OSG Racing wins

General News 04 July 2009 - SNAV OSG, piloted by Giancarlo Cangiano and Giovanni Carpitella, re-affirmed its Powerboat P1 World Championship challenge with an impressive win in today’s first leg of the Italian GP, a perfect return to form for the OSG Racing team after the previous Grand Prix ended with engine difficulties.

In flat waters, it was nip and tuck on the first lap with three Italian challengers, SNAV OSG, Cigarette Smash Poker and Metamarine Pignola all battling for the lead.

As the race unfolded, the Cigarette of Luca Fendi and Matteo Nicolini began to pull away but SNAV OSG was never out of contention, posting several impressive lap times including the fastest lap of the day at 110.8 mph (unofficial).

For the second time this season - as the pressure began to tell - the Cigarette span out, opening the way for OSG Racing to record its second race win of the season.

The Cigarette recovered to take second with Metamarine third and the German entry, Cranefields Wine, fourth.

Prior to the event, it had been all-change in the cockpit of the victorious Mercury-powered Outerlimits powerboat.

Team owner, Giancarlo Cangiano returning to the throttles after the birth of his first child and official driver, Hannes Bohinc, electing to step down to allow reserve driver, Giovanni Carpitella, to compete at his home Grand Prix.

Hannes Bohinc, Team Driver, OSG Racing:

“Congratulations to Giancarlo, Giovanni and all the team. It was good to see the boat running so well in flat waters.We had to build upon our win in Malta to maintain our championship push. The job is now half done, hopefully we can continue this form into tomorrows Endurance race.”



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Italian Grand Prix of the Sea : San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy

Provisional Sprint Race Result

1 -  88 -  SNAV OSG -  IT -  100pts

2 -  10 -  Cigarette Smash Poker -  IT -  90pts

3 -  53 -  Metamarine Pignolo 53 -  IT -  81pts

4 -  66 -  Cranefields Wine -  DE -  73pts

5 -  77 -  Lucas Oil Budweiser -  USA -  66pts

6 -  47 -  Silverline -  GBR -  60pts

33 -  Furnibo -  BEL -  DNS

Footnote: Despite finishing in 6th place, Britain’s Silverline remains at the head of the championship by virtue of an additional 50 points for reliability - the only Evolution boat to complete the first half of the season with the same two engines.