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P1, the world's leading marine motorsport promoter, has unveiled plans to take its UK powerboat racing series to four countries this summer, with two new venues joining the line-up. Denmark, Scotland, Wales and England will each host a P1 Grand Prix of the Sea event.

The first stop in June for the P1 SuperStock teams will be the city of Aalborg in northern Denmark, and later in the month the fleet of P1 Panther race boats will return to Scotland to entertain crowds on the River Clyde. Pembrokeshire will get its first taste of P1 action in July when Milford Haven welcomes the race series, and the season finale in September will be the P1 Yorkshire Grand Prix of the Sea in Scarborough.

"A distinctive, high quality blend of existing and new venues'"is how P1 chief operating officer Robert Wicks describes the 2017 calendar. "First class facilities and great viewing for spectators are key factors is selecting our race locations" he adds. "The opportunity to expand the series to take in a round in mainland Europe is a very positive step forward for the series. As is the case at our other host venues, P1 works to create events that attract visitors, boost the local economy and generate significant, positive publicity to raise the profile of the location", explains Wicks.

The opening round will take the P1 crews to Aalborg over the weekend of the city's annual Regatta, a maritime festival both on the water and along the waterfront with attractions for all the family. "Hosting a P1 event provides us with a wonderful opportunity to present Aaalborg as a cultural and vibrant event city, with the powerboat racing taking place in a beautiful setting" says the Mayor, Thomas Kastrup-Larsen. "We are proud to be the first P1 host city in Denmark and I'm sure the people of Aalborg will welcome an event of this calibre and turn out in strength to watch all the action."

Just a fortnight later, the P1 racing moves across the North Sea to Scotland when Greenock will again be aiming to attract thousands of spectators to the banks of the Clyde. The area is undergoing a major period of regeneration and reimaging, and major events such as the P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea provide the perfect platform to attract new companies that create jobs, boost the area's tourism-related businesses, demonstrate the region's ability to host major events and also support its claim to the title 'marine leisure capital of Scotland'.

P1 SuperStock heads back to Wales for the fourth successive year in July, with the action moving from Cardiff to the Port of Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire, the country's busiest trade gateway and the UK's biggest energy port. Plans are in place to make it a world class destination for industry and leisure, and the P1 Grand Prix of the Sea will join a busy calendar of events at Milford Waterfront, a multi-million pound regeneration project aimed at revitalising the marina and docks.

Neil Jenkins, Destination Director at the Port of Milford Haven, says: "Pembrokeshire is already known for hosting world class adrenalin-fuelled events, so the P1 race series is the perfect match for us. When teams and spectators need to catch their breath, Milford Waterfront, with its great cafes, bars and restaurants which overlook the course, will be a perfect focal point for all the pre- and post-race activities."

The North Yorkshire coast will be the final P1 SuperStock destination at the beginning of September as Scarborough hosts a championship round for a third successive year. With its historic harbour and castle headland, the town's South Bay offers a natural amphitheatre for racing and for spectators. "We are delighted that the popularity of P1 has grown year on year, and in 2017 we are looking to expand the visitor experience to showcase the best of the Yorkshire Coast" says Janet Deacon, Area Tourism Director for Welcome to Yorkshire.

More than 100,000 spectators will enjoy the P1 UK Championship this year and millions more will watch the action on Sky Sports and major sports networks around the world.

2017 Race Calendar:
9 - 11 June Aalborg, Denmark: P1 Aalborg Grand Prix of the Sea
23 - 25 June Greenock, Scotland: P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea
14 - 16 July Milford Haven, Wales: P1 Welsh Grand Prix of the Sea
1 - 3 September Scarborough, England: P1 Yorkshire Grand Prix of the Sea

RECAP - Watch the 2016 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea here.