The annual Lake Havasu, Arizona, out-board motorboat world championship was won by US driver Johnnie Sanders, Sunday (26 November).
AERIAL VIEW London Bridge in Lake Havasu
LV PAN Start of race, boats pull away from shore
AERIAL VIEW Boats racing across lake (7 shots)
LV Leading boat approaches finish
SV Checkered flag
LV Leading boats cross finish line
SV & CU Crowd around winning driver holding trophy (4 shots)
Initials ESP/1803 ESP/1817
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Background: The annual Lake Havasu, Arizona, out-board motorboat world championship was won by US driver Johnnie Sanders, Sunday (26 November). He covered the 696-mile (1,200 km) course at a record speed of 87 miles per hour (140 k.p.h.).
More than 70,000 spectators lined the lake - the new site of London Bridge - to watch the final day of the two-day event.
Seventy-nine boats took part in the race, and the victory gave the winning driver a purse of 18,000 dollars (7,200 pounds sterling).
At Lake Havasu, Arizona - the new home of London Bridge - seventy-nine racing boats started the final day of the two-day world out-board championships, Sunday.
The drivers were competing over a course that extended for six-hundred and ninety-six miles around the lake, proving a test for both man and machines. The event attracted drivers from all over the world competing for the first prize money of eighteen-thousand dollars.
The boats covered the course in record time, hitting speeds of almost a hundred miles an hour (160 k.p.h).
The winning boat was driven by Johnnie Sanders from the U.S. He averaged eighty-seven miles per hour over the course. Sanders crossed the finish line just forty-one seconds ahead of his closest challenger, while more than seventy-thousand spectators were lining the shore of the lake to see the record-breaking race. The winning boat was seventeen-feet long (about five metres) and powered by a two-hundred horsepower engine.