|Paul Shepard claims his fifth title|
|Written by Paul Bedford|
|Sunday, 26 April 2009 18:22|
Paul Shepard claimed his fifth successive South African F1 Powerboat Series title at Bloemhof Dam today when he won the Free State F1 Powerboat Grand Prix. After the adverse weather conditions force the postponement of yesterday’s scheduled activities the Formula 1 boats took to the water early this morning for their practice session and time trials. Shepard served indication of his intentions when he set the fastest time in qualifying, lapping the four-turn course in just 30.03 seconds. Brett Stuart was next in line 1.1 seconds further back with Elzane de Jager in third. Robert Shepard, Steven Zungu and Darren Beattie rounded out the top six.
Brett Stuart harassed Paul Shepard all the way in the first heat and the duo opened a considerable gap at the front of the field. Despite briefly taking the lead, Stuart had to settle for second place. Steven Zungu crossed the line in third place but was penalized for a jump start which dropped him down to fifth. Robert Shepard was classified third ahead of Elzane de Jager. Terri Mitchell and Darren Beattie ended in sixth and seventh respectively.