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Powerboat racers in crash drama
Chris Parsonage and James Sheppard are helped from the wreckage of King of Shaves
Chris Parsonage and James Sheppard escaped uninjured
A powerboat crew have survived a 135mph crash in front of thousands of spectators in Plymouth.

Chris Parsonage's challenge in the British Grand Prix ended dramatically in front of his home crowd.

Parsonage and his fellow driver James Sheppard escaped uninjured after their boat King of Shaves rolled over.

It is the sixth year the World Powerboat Championship has been held in Plymouth, attracting a crowd of thousands of spectators.

The restarted race, the fifth of the season, was won by Victory 77.

The British Grand Prix is the fifth race of the season after rounds in Qatar, Spain and Norway.

The King of Shaves now lies ninth out of 10 teams in the league table, headed by reigning champions Spirit of Norway, crewed by Bjorn Rune Gjelsten and Steve Curtis.

Chris Parsonage and James Sheppard and wreckage of King of Shaves
Chris Parsonage said the wash kicked the boat sideways

Speaking after the crash Mr Parsonage, a property developer, said: "We were pushing hard and lying in second, we came in hard and thought we had a chance to get in front.

"But as we turned back out the wash kicked the boat sideways and that was it - we barrel rolled it."




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