Speed merchant Ian takes his hobby back to his roots

High speed: Doncaster-based Ian Brusby was born in Hull.
High speed: Doncaster-based Ian Brusby was born in Hull.

A DONCASTER speedboat racer has taken his high octane hobby back to the town where he was born.

Ian Brusby, from Bessacarr, races all over the country taking part in the P1 SuperStock Championship.

But his the latest race saw him return to his birthplace, for the Hull Grand Prix of the Sea in Hull Marina.

Boat pilot Ian, and his navigator Dan Whapples took second place in their race in some of the roughest conditions of the day.

Ian said: “We like the rougher conditions, it keeps you alert and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

“The guy in front had a problem so we took second but I’ll take it however I can get it!

“Consequently we got third overall for the weekend so, home Grand Prix, I’m really pleased.

“The support of the people has been fantastic, I can’t say enough about the facilities here – Hull Marina has been brilliant.”

Brusby is proving to be one of the fastest men on the waves since setting up his own powerboat racing team, Rough Cut Racing, based in Bessacarr.

He races at more than 70mph.

He set the team up with his brother Neil, from Stainforth, who is team co-ordinator and three other friends from across the UK.

He moved to Doncaster in 2009 after living in Spain for eight years, where he developed his interest in racing.

The 48-year-old’s family moved from Hull to Doncaster in 1973, before he moved to the Mediterranean to work as a musican.

He reckons his team is the most landlocked in the competition.